Nuance Power PDF Standard
When it comes to creating and editing PDF files, it doesn’t get much better than Nuance’s new Power PDF Standard. And with 95 percent of the features of Acrobat at only one-third the cost ($90), it’s a bargain. That said, the interface, while easy to use, needs more work and the OCR can’t match Acrobat’s abilities with complex documents.
Power PDF handles just about every aspect of PDF creation and editing that you could ask for, including layering, 3D, sound and file attachments, and security. The latter may be read-only, password, or certificate protection. Signatures are handled nicely and you can even draw your own on screen if you have a suitably fluid input device (a mouse if you’re really good, stylus or tablet for most of us). There’s also a nice stamp feature for marking documents as read, processed, cancelled, paid, etc.
Power PDF supports the latest in PDF forms technology, including conversion of plain PDFs to forms. There are a full set of form controls including buttons, radio buttons, check boxes—all the stuff you’re used to from dialog boxes. There are also the usual text editing and comment tools plus a nice drag-and-drop watermark feature with a number of templates. Other nice Power PDF features include cloud service conduits and integrated text-to-speech.