Security is an important feature

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Desktop-as-a-Service Designed for Any Cloud ? Nutanix Frame

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

At first blush, the interface may look intimidating, but that feeling quickly wears off once you take a good look at the menu icons, which all feature pop-up descriptions. The controls are grouped in a logical fashion and context sensitive, which helps quickly resolves any misunderstandings. All of the options offered are far too numerous to go through in detail here, but users will find that the most used ones are readily available. The application makes quick work of conversions (import and export) of files, and annotations, markups and images are easy to add, modify or create.

Security is one of the top features of the product, with access to digital signatures, secure document delivery, password protection and encryption available with just a click of an icon. Markup and attachment tools prove to be powerful features for those working with "living" documents; that is, documents which are used, updated and distributed often.

An imposition tool brings important publishing tools to those who often print PDF files for distribution or use PDF files to create manuals, flyers and other physically distributed documents. There are also plenty of image and editing tools included with the application. Users will find it a snap to add or remove images, select and sharpen text and crop areas of the document for changes. Users can also embed hyperlinks, attach files and draw lines or other objects.

One of the most ideal situations for PDF Converter Professional 5 comes with creating rich documentation across teams. For example, copy writers can create mar-com text, while an art department can add illustrations or images and then managers can markup, document or comment on the process as it occurs. That should lead to a rich documentation development environment, ideal for companies selling services or products that require manuals. Of course, the capabilities don't end there. Users will find "forms" tools for creating electronic forms, digital signature tools, conversion tools, OCR tools and many other capabilities.

When it comes down to brass tacks, Nuance has done an admirable job at creating an affordable tool, which should help to bring PDF creation to the masses, and the product is well worth considering over Adobe's high-end Acrobat Professional 8.1



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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