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A Column On Assistive & 'Boomer' Friendly Technology


When I was 30 years old the warranty on my body ran out. Systems started failing and tech support wasn't a whole lot of help. Re-booting wasn't an option and calls to the manufacturer.... Well let's just say the‘answers' are still a point of discussion. It's not like it was the‘blue screen of death' or anything, but it is chronic... (Multiple Sclerosis). It has caused me to have a different perspective on most things because where I sit.... is in a wheelchair.

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Oh No You Didn’t

What to do... what to do!

First I panicked. OK, maybe panic is too strong a word.  I became greatly concerned coupled with a sprinkling of emotional distress.  Next, I took out the PDF Converter Professional 6.0 CD from Nuance. pdfconvpro6.png

The installation was quick and straightforward. The interface is easy to use incorporating large recognizable icons with a familiar look and feel. It easily takes MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files and puts them into PDF format complete with text, columns, tables and graphics.  The Organizer Panel has some of my favorite features to utilize in a document, including stamps, clipart, envelops and watermarks.  The security and sign/certify options add the necessary components for secure legal documents.

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I created a series of PDFs from the original printed document using the 'from scanner' option in Pro 6's interface. Scanning all the sheets PDF Converter Professional 6.0 converted them into MS Word format that could then be edited. Big exhale....Whew.

So you might be thinking, “come on, it couldn’t have been that easy?” It actually was. That’s thanks to the fact that Nuance has incorporated the OCR (optical character recognition) technology in their OmniPage program into PDF Converter. It converted everything in the scanned pages perfectly and at the push of a button.

I’ve been intrigued with Nuance Communications since the software developer acquired the Dragon Dictate speech recognition and command technology, which not only aids productivity, but also helps people who are unable to easily type on a computer.

I’m Really Liking This Software

I started taking a closer look at the program and was truly impressed. PDF Converter Professional 6 has functions that save time, money and aggravation. The ability to convert static PDF (Portable Document Format) files to fillable forms is a refreshing convenience.

There are only two serious options for businesses that need an enterprise-class program to create, edit, convert and share PDF - Adobe® Acrobat® and Nuance PDF Converter Professional 6. Nuance has document productivity and collaboration features that Adobe doesn’t have, and at one quarter (1/4) the price.

Nuance provides a better product at a much lower cost. At a time when offices are looking for better solutions at a better price point Nuance Communication delivers.

Happy Ending

With the document safely recovered, everyone in the office relaxed and I was able to complete the proofreading my associate needed while acquiring a powerful new tool for my document arsenal.

From Where I Sit, Nuance PDF Professional 6 is the newest and best PDF creator and converter available with truly enterprise capabilities.  Nuance takes on Adobe Acrobat Pro 9 heads on and in my opinion wins hands down.

Nuance PDF Converter 6®  $49.99 (Download or Boxed Shipment)
PDF Converter Professional 6®  $99.99 (Download or Boxed Shipment)
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