An Alternative to Adobe Acrobat Pro
The standard electronic document format for the insurance industry is Adobe System’s PDF. Professional strength PDF software is a must for all insurance organizations. Many use Adobe Acrobat Pro but, at a retail price of $450, it can get expensive to add to every desktop.
Fortunately, there are very capable alternatives. One that I have been testing is the new version of Nuance Communications PDF software – Power PDF Advanced. It is a full-featured, professional PDF program that costs at least one-third the price of Acrobat. A 30-day free trial is also available.
Nuance also offers the Power PDF Standard at $100, but the PDF Advanced ($150) is what you will want.
Some of the features of the advanced version include:
- Redaction to black out sensitive information, including the ability to automatically search and redact.
- Bates stamping and advanced header and footer functionality.
- Secure delivery, encryption, and digital rights management capabilities.
- Integration with file-sharing sites such as Box, Dropbox, Evernote, Google Docs, or Office 365.
- Integrated Dragon Notes speech recognition, enabling users to add notes to PDF files by dictating text. Nuance sends the speech recording to its servers in the cloud to process.
- Integrated OCR using the same technology as Nuance’s OmniPage.
- Watched folder and batch sequence capabilities to automate common tasks and move files from one location to another.
- Word processor-like ability to edit PDF content, including graphics and charts.
Of course, it also includes the features you would expect to find in a professional PDF program.
One of the most useful features just might be FormTyper. Originally included in the Nuance PaperPort software, this program has improved significantly. It allows you to take a scanned image of a form and automatically convert it to a fillable version.
Fields are automatically added and you are provided with the ability to edit field properties. For example, you can enforce field formatting, validate field information, and apply mathematical functions to field data. You can also add fields to the form if the automatic conversion misses them. Field types include: text box, button, radio button, check box, combo box, list box, and digital signature.
I’m sure there is a power PDF user who could find shortcomings in this program over Acrobat, but I couldn’t. I was able to do any of the tasks I would want with a PDF program.
Nuance Power PDF Advanced is currently available for $149.99. You can try Power PDF Advanced for yourself by downloading a free 30-day trial before deciding to get the full version.
What PDF programs have you used? Which ones do you have the most success with? Let us know.