Installation is easy

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Nuance's latest iteration of its PDF Converter product takes aim at Adobe Acrobat by being cheaper, faster and better.

Installation of the product consists of little more than running a setup program. Very little user interaction is needed to complete an install, but users must enter a valid serial number to make the product work. Nuance further protects the product by requiring the all too common "activation" sequence, which requires a user to activate the product via the Internet to continue using it before hitting the magic number of seven uses. With requiring activation, Nuance adds a nuisance to the product that is probably unnecessary and only penalizes legitimate users of the product. Luckily, that is probably the only irritating element that installers will encounter.

Once installed, the product offers three application options: the PDF Converter Assistant, the PDF Create Assistant, and the main application, PDF Converter Professional. Odds are that most users will spend most of their time with PDF Converter Professional and will use the other two applications sparingly. Those other two applications can also be called up via the main application, reducing the steps needed to perform that added functionality.

Using the product is driven by what you want to accomplish. For example, PDF Converter installs a printer driver into the system, which allows users to turn any printable document into a PDF. That in itself is not a unique feature, PDF creation is included with most office suites today and there are many other tools that can create simple a PDF.

Where PDF Converter Professional differs is with the options offered during "print to PDF" creation. Users can add watermarks, digital signatures, encryption, create search-able documents and insert identifying information. Many of those elements can be preset in the printer driver to ensure that PDFs conform to a business' policies.

While creation is an important consideration, the product's advanced features will prove to be the most valuable to organizations. Launching the main application allows access to previous created PDFs, of course, if you double click on a PDF, it will also launch the program. Either way, users are presented with a plethora of tools to work with PDFs.

Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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