TECH BRIEF

Nuances offers PDF software for less to feds

Nuance Communications announced a program today designed to give government agencies the opportunity to save as much as 50 percent on the cost of PDF software.

Under the Better PDF for Government program, the company is offering special volume pricing on Nuance PDF Converter Professional, which is marketed as an alternative to Adobe Systems’ Acrobat.

A copy of Adobe Acrobat Professional costs $299 while a copy of Nuance’s product costs $99, said Robert Weideman, senior vice president and general manager at Nuance.

The difference is that the Nuance version is designed for office work, Weideman said. Graphic artists, designers and print publishers are still going to want to use Acrobat, but in an office environment in which people are not overly concerned about color separation, PDF Converter Professional is the way to go, he said.

PDF Converter was developed in collaboration with Microsoft, Nuance said. Like Adobe Acrobat, it offers full PDF creation, editing, form-filling and annotation capabilities. It can turn PDF files back into Microsoft PowerPoint files, however, which Acrobat can't.

PDF Converter Professional Enterprise Edition also offers a feature that redacts text and images from PDF files, permanently removing sensitive information such as Social Security numbers or addresses.

Under the Better PDF for Government program’s volume pricing, a 500-seat license of Nuance’s PDF Converter could save an agency more than $30,000 compared with the same number of Acrobat licenses. A savings calculator is available at www.BetterPDF.com/Gov.

PDF Converter Professional Enterprise Edition is available now through Nuance and its resale partners.

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