PDFsam Basic vs Nitro PDF Productivity

Side-by-side comparison of features, reviews, pricing and more

PDFsam Basic

Category: PDF Tool
Industries: Education, Business




Per user / per year


$89 $59

Per user / per year

Pro + OCR Advanced

$129 $79

Nitro PDF Productivity

Category: PDF Tool
Industries: Education, Business


Nitro PDF Productivity

$9.99 1 User/Month Per Year

Nitro PDF Pro for Mac


Nitro PDF Pro


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PDFsam Basic reviews

The basic free version has all the capabilities that I need! It lets me split and merge PDFs in addition to other things. All I need to do is to drop the PDFs, reorder them, and select merge. It also has an option to normalize the sizes of pages so that the merged file has a consistent page size throughout the document. Splitting PDFs is equally easy! Just select the file and set how you want it to be separated; like each page or after a specific page. And of course you can opt in to pay a fee and use the enhanced version which has more capabilities but for my basic needs, the free version is more than enough.

- Nima A.

Overall, I am very happy with this piece of software -- it is reliable, available at little to no cost, and easy enough to train users on and recommend. I wish it were available on a platform like Ninite so that it would be easier to install with other utilities at the same time. I have no hesitation recommending this software.

- Neel P. Firm Technical Specialist

An excellent tool and very easy to use, it is perhaps one of the most important features, and the updates that are notified to the user allow them to incorporate new features that increase the level of satisfaction.

- Pascual G. Project Manager

Nitro PDF Productivity reviews

I really like being able to mark up the page with words, images, drawings, or whatever I need. It saves me a lot of time and paper. I also like being able to combine multiple PDFs, and most of the time, Nitro will automatically put them in the right order, but rearranging them is simple.

- Michael C. Sound Engineer & Stage Manager

Nitro PDF has a similar interface to MS office which makes it very easy to use and easy to edit all the PDFs in batches and able to merge or split PDFs. Its cheaper than adobe acrobat and has the most functionalities of the latter.

- Riyasudeen P. Information Technology Engineer

It is the best PDF editor and alternate to Adobe PDF editor. It has very awesome features like you can add signature to the documents. It is easy to use and to integrate with my C drive. It gives you ability to wipe out the documents into different parts.

- Abdul Rauf A. Science Teacher

Pros & cons

PDFsam Basic

Super easy to work with
It has most features you are probably looking for in order to edit, compile, merge or whatever else you might have to do with PDF files
It makes a nice easy to review document -- and this is all the more beneficial when working remotely as has been the case for the past year or so
PDFsam is user user-friendly, versatile, reliable, capable of high-quality resolutions, and consistently free of charge
Wonderful, I will continue to use this software for the rest of my life
It is a crucial tool to have."

The only complaint i have would be the cost of the product, I think it should cost a little less
I will switch to Nitro PDF and know exactly what I am getting
And their customer service is awful
Also, each time you use the program, duplicate PDFsam icons appear, which can be confusing
Then I began receiving prompts to upgrade to PDFSam Enhanced
I then started having problems with PDFSam Basic."

Nitro PDF Productivity

I like the edit ability, ease of printing and creating PDF's and the ability to highlight text or insert comments into documents
A very good tool to make changes in pdf files, I found it very helpful in certain cases
Gives me the ability to edit files and make notes so as to share with my clients
The ability to do batch printing is also very useful and time-saving
And the best of all is that the program can convert scanned texts into editable texts, which is very useful if you work, like me, with daily documents."

Some forms and fields are not converted
Program crash sometimes that is quite annoying
Overall less than poor and I'm tired of no support and an expectation that I should pay for it...to reactivate on new computer
Sometimes it will also convert the text in different fonts, but that may be just a user error as well
My only problem is the excel formatting does not come in the exact form
When converting, the process may fail and the tables formatted in excel never work in a pdf file."

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