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Nuance PDF Reader 8

The free PDF reader that’s small in size and big on features

The FREE PDF reader that’s small in size and big on features


Get ready to rethink your choice of free PDF reader. Nuance PDF Reader lets you do much more than just view files. You can convert PDF files to Microsoft® Word, Excel® and RTF via a hosted web service. Use annotation tools to highlight, cross out and underline text for more effective collaboration. Fill out and save PDF forms. View multi-layer files. Perform smarter searches. Even view multimedia directly within PDF files. Best of all, Nuance PDF Reader is absolutely free, proving that you really can get a whole lot of something for nothing.

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Fill and save PDF forms
Unlike most other PDF viewers, Nuance PDF Reader enables you to fill and save PDF forms – without support from a premium product. It’s perfect for all kinds of applications and forms, including quarterly expense reports, purchase orders, surveys and more.

Use less disk space
Fully installed, Nuance PDF Reader uses less than 70 MB.

ENHANCED! Collaborate using PDF annotation
Nuance PDF Reader provides a rich set of annotation tools, letting you add comments and highlight, cross out, or underline text for more effective collaboration. You can even create a condensed summary of all comments that have been added to a PDF document to see who added which comment and when.

Perform smarter searches
The intelligent Looks Like Search™ lets you quickly find content – phone numbers, email addresses, credit card numbers and more via an alphanumeric pattern rather than exact text. Use multiple string searches to refine your search criteria and pinpoint exactly what you’re looking for within a searchable PDF file.

Convert PDF files to Word, Excel or RTF
With Nuance PDF Reader, you get the most accurate online PDF conversion available – without having to install extra software. No more copying and pasting or retyping PDF documents. Just use our hosted web service to convert PDF to Microsoft Word or Excel, Corel® WordPerfect® or RTF using Nuance’s industry-leading OCR technology. You can download your converted documents from the web, saving time as well as storage space in your email inbox. It’s never been easier to convert and start using information previously locked in a PDF.

View more content directly within PDFs
See more of your PDF files with Nuance PDF Reader. Get better visibility into graphics by viewing each of the multiple layers created by programs like AutoCAD® and Microsoft Visio®. Or view rich media files, like Microsoft Silverlight® directly within a PDF.

Work with PDF Portfolios
In addition to the full set of PDF standards, Nuance PDF Reader supports PDF Portfolios – collections of various file types assembled into a PDF. You can access files within the portfolio independently and open them using the native authoring software. If you need to find a file quickly, you can preview Microsoft Office files directly within a portfolio – even one containing hundreds of files – without having to open each file in the native application to see what’s inside.

ENHANCED! Keep your documents safer than ever
Prevent hackers from using JavaScript to gain control of your computer and personal information. Unlike Adobe Reader, Nuance PDF Reader can be installed with JavaScript turned off for greater peace of mind. If needed, JavaScript can be turned on easily during the installation process. What’s more, you can store the digital ID certificates of your partners and colleagues in Nuance PDF Reader and use them to verify digitally signed documents.

Enjoy 100% compatibility with Adobe Acrobat
With support for all PDF standards up to the current version (1.7), Nuance PDF Reader is 100% compatible with Adobe Acrobat. So you can be confident that it will work with virtually any PDF file.

NEW! Preview PDF email attachments in Microsoft Outlook
Get an instant visual preview of PDF email attachments without having to open them.

Get the best of both worlds
Do you have PDF Converter Professional installed on your computer? Enjoy its complete desktop conversion while maintaining Nuance PDF Reader as your default viewer if that’s your preference.


PDF Converter Professional 8 is smart yet simple-to-use software that lets business users improve the way they create, convert, securely share PDF files and collaborate. Featuring word processor-like editing, real-time interactive collaboration with multiple people, Cloud connectivity, PDF security, compressed PDFs and Dragon®  Notes, it dramatically improves business productivity. Now compatible with Windows 8!

It’s the smarter way for savvy professionals and knowledge workers to:

  • Convert paper and PDF into Microsoft Office documents
  • Effortlessly create 100% industry-standard PDF files
  • Search and highlight information in PDFs
  • Control, view, edit, and print documents with complete security
  • Open or save your PDF to popular cloud services
  • Securely and efficiently collaborate

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System Requirements

  • A computer with an Intel® Pentium®, higher, or equivalent processor
  • Supported operating systems:
    • Windows® XP 32-bit Edition with Service Pack 3
    • Windows Vista™ 32-bit or 64-bit Edition with Service Pack 1
    • Windows 7 32-bit or 64-bit Edition
    • Windows 8 32-bit or 64-bit Edition
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer® 8 or above
  • 256 MB of memory (RAM), 512 MB recommended
  • 70 MB of free hard disk space for application files, plus 50 MB working space during installation
  • Web access needed for document conversion, product registration and obtaining live updates for the program.
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