Nuance launches Power PDF, adds collaboration tools

Nuance's Power PDF is aimed at being an alternative to Adobe Acrobat Professional.

Nuance Communications on Wednesday launched Nuance Power PDF, which aims to take share from Adobe Acrobat Professional.

The company, best known for its voice recognition software, has a document management unit that is aimed at the paperless office concept. In addition, Nuance has a healthcare unit that turns physician dictation into documents.

Power PDF converts PDFs to editable Microsoft Office documents, assembles documents across files, reviews PDFs and integrates Nuance Dragon Notes for voice recognition.

Nuance also said Power PDF can connect to cloud document and storage vendors such as Box, Dropbox, Evernote, Google Docs, Office 365 and Windows SkyDrive as well as content and collaboration management systems from Autonomy, Documentum, SharePoint, and NetDocs.

PowerPDF adds side-by-side document comparison, commenting and workflows for batch PDF creation or conversion as well as stamping and watermarking.

As for pricing, Nuance Power PDF is $149 with volume discounts. Power PDF Standard, which targets home offices and small businesses, is $99.

Adobe charges $199 for Acrobat Pro and has a cloud option for $19.99 a month.

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