Nuance Extends its Lead as the #1 PDF Alternative to Adobe with Better PDF for Mac

Macworld Australia Staff
23 March, 2011
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Press Release

Nuance Introduces PDF Converter for Mac – The Affordable Alternative to Adobe Acrobat Which Turns PDF into Editable Documents.

BURLINGTON, Mass., March 8, 2011 – Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN), a leading provider of speech and imaging solutions and the provider of PDF Converter Professional for Microsoft Windows, today introduced Nuance PDF Converter™ for Mac, giving Apple Mac users the ability to create, convert and edit PDF files for a fraction of the price of Adobe® Acrobat®.

PDF Converter for Mac allows users to effortlessly create, view, edit and scan 100 percent industry-standard PDF files. The product uses Nuance OmniPage document conversion and optical character recognition (OCR) technology to turn PDF files back into editable text documents and turn scanned PDF files into searchable PDF files. The product also connects to separate cloud-based services, including document conversion for conversion to fully-formatted word processing and spreadsheet documents, and Evernote®, a note storage and access service.

“With PDF Converter Professional for Windows, Nuance delivered ‘Better PDF for Business,’ the first PDF product with the price, features and performance needed to put PDF on every office desktop,” said Robert Weideman, General Manager and Senior Vice President for the Nuance Document Imaging Division. “Now Nuance is delivering a ‘Better PDF for Mac,’ making it affordable for every Mac user to save time and money by using Nuance PDF – at home, at the office and on the go.”

Better PDF for Mac

Key capabilities and benefits of Nuance PDF Converter for Mac:

Save Money –Nuance PDF Converter for Mac delivers the rich PDF features users need and unique productivity features – at a fraction the cost of Adobe® Acrobat® Professional for the Mac.

Annotate and Edit PDF – Now everyone can add sticky-notes and highlights to PDF files, making it easy to collaborate using the PDF standard.

Turn PDF into Editable Text and Documents – Only Nuance has OmniPage, the world’s most accurate OCR and document conversion technology – which is built into Nuance PDF Converter for Mac.

Scan to Searchable PDF – Moving paper into the Apple Mac is easy with built-in scanning and the ability to use OmniPage OCR to create searchable PDF files that can be stored, managed and found using keywords and phrases.

PDF to Fully-Formatted and Editable Files – Nuance PDF Converter for Mac provides users with 1-click access to the separate document conversion service to turn PDF into fully-formatted word processing and spreadsheet files, which can be used with Apple iWork and Microsoft Office applications.

PDF Document Assembly – Drag and drop document assembly features to combine Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents with PDF documents – adding the entire document or specific pages.

Safeguard Information – Redact or erase text from documents to protect sensitive information. Text and images can be edited or deleted to maintain confidentiality.

Pricing and Availability

PDF Converter for Mac will be available through Nuance’s national retailer and value-added reseller network from March 28 2011. Orders can be placed now. For additional information on features, pricing and licensing programs, please visit or call 1300 550 716.

About Nuance PDF

With over three million seats of its PDF solutions deployed, Nuance has established itself as the leading alternative to Adobe® for PDF, and as the premier provider of PDF desktop applications designed specifically for office environments. Nuance PDF Converter Professional and Enterprise, eCopy® PDF Pro Office and PDF Converter for Mac provide organizations with the rich PDF features they need, as well as unique features that make it easy to create PDF and to turn PDF back into word processing and spreadsheet documents they can edit. At up to 66 percent less than Adobe, Nuance PDF products deliver the price, features and performance needed to put PDF on every office desktop.

Nuance Communications, Inc.

Nuance Communications, Inc. is a leading provider of speech and imaging solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with information and how they create, share and use documents. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance’s proven applications. For more information, please visit

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Trademark reference: Nuance, the Nuance logo, Better PDF for Business, Better PDF for Mac, PDF Converter are registered trademarks or trademarks of Nuance Communications, Inc. or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. All other company names or product names referenced herein may be the property of their respective owners.

Press Contacts:

Sharon Knight

(for) Nuance Communications Australia Pty Ltd

Office: +61 2 9427 4764


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