After all the excitement of making How to Train Your Dragon NaturallySpeaking software, the team at Nuance decided they would look at something a little more down to earth with the PDF convertor for Mac.
As someone who has had to both read and write scripts on a regular basis, I’ve seen more than my fair share of PDFs. Unfortunately this has led to a lamentable amount of tears over “final” drafts of documents riddled with errors or last minute corrections. The Type Tool in Acrobat Pro has saved my life so many times, Adobe should replace the cursor icon they currently use with some sort of cape.
But the full version of Acrobat is shockingly expensive (just shy of £200) causing my former finance director to do an impressive spit take all over his monitor when I told him we needed copies for everyone in the office. His monitor may have remained coffee free had he known about Nuance PDF convertor (NPC) for Mac, a high performance, low cost PDF convertor.
Unlike free PDF creators, NPC supports a range of high end PDF functions. Whilst all Macs can print to PDF automatically, NPC allows you to edit directly within the PDF file – allowing you to fiddle with text and move, copy, resize or delete images. Bring able to convert PDFs back into fully formatted source documents is also pretty special. Nuance claim support for Word, Excel and WordPerfect files, although I wasn’t able to check the WordPerfect files Sorry WordPerfect fans. As if you haven’t suffered enough.
Other features include the ability to save to searchable PDF – much like Acrobat’s OCR feature. You can also create PDF forms that you can fill in, moving us ever closer to the laughably far away dream of the paperless office.
If you use Macs in business and do a lot of worth with documents then NPC is definitely worth checking out.