Nuance PDF Converter Professional 5 - Nuance PDF Converter Professional 5



Nuance does, however, use more of its OCR skills in the production of searchable PDFs. Rather than using an image of a text page when creating a PDF file, PDF Converter 5 can convert the text image into live, searchable (and editable) text.

Once a PDF document is ready for distribution, it will probably need protection from third-party editing and there’s a comprehensive set of security tools which can set read and write privileges. The dialogues for security setup have been improved and you can now include a custom signature to fit with a particular house style. Signatures can be time-stamped, too.

One other feature worth a mention, again something Acrobat can’t do natively, is text-to-speech. The quality of speech rendition is getting more and more natural, though still has a non-localised, American accent. PDF Converter 5 can read text paragraph by paragraph and can cope with major foreign languages, as well as English.


Nuance PDF Converter 5 has a lot going for it. It’s an easy-to-use PDF creation and editing tool that integrates well with major business applications. Getting multi-part documents into PDF format is much easier with the new packaging tool and getting them out into Word or WordPerfect files is more visually accurate than with Acrobat.

By far and away the application’s biggest advantage over the Adobe product is value. At just over a third of the price of Acrobat 8 Standard, it’s also a more feature-rich PDF tool and supports Microsoft XPS documents, so you won’t need a separate application to process files using that upcoming format.

Score in detail

  • Features 9
  • Value 9
  • Usability 8


Program Type PDF Conversion/Viewing
System Requirements Processor: Intel Pentium or higher or equivalent Operating System: Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4 Windows XP with Service Pack 2 Windows XP (64-bit Edition) Windows Server 2003 Windows Vista (32-bit or 64-bit Edition) Hard Disk: 200MB of free space for application files plus 50MB working space during installation Memory: 256MB RAM Optical Drive: CD-ROM Others: Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 or above Microsoft Office 2007 with Service Pack 1 is required to leverage the complete functionality included for XPS files SVGA monitor with 256 colors Windows-compatible pointing device Sound card is optionally required for using the functionality of the supplied Text-To-Speech Engine If Windows Vista is not installed; Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is required in order to save to DOCX, XLSX, and PPTX file formats (Microsoft Office 2007 formats) The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 can be installed on Windows XP but cannot be installed on Windows 2000