'10 - What's Happening With Adobe Acrobat?
a nasty feeling that Adobe Acrobat reader is
going to obsolete itself fairly soon and be
replaced by a Microsoft product. When you've
been using computers for years you notice
patterns in the way software products work
and Adobe's Acrobat reader seems to be on its
talking about Adobe Flash player, that's
still hugely successful and I'm sure that
will be around for a long time to come.
of years ago Apple created a movie player
called Quicktime which was designed to be
used on Apple computers but they made a PC
version too. There was nothing special about
it and there was no reason to download it
other than to view movie files with the .mov
file extension which Microsoft Media Player
couldn't play. Then for a reason no one could
fathom Apple decided to repeatedly make new
versions of the player that had no new useful
features but had the side effect of slowing
the player down. They also added advertising
onto the player which was very annoying.
There were also bugs in the player so
sometimes when you click on a movie it would
display in the same window while sometimes it
would open another window. They also made it
so the movie being played could automatically
open an internet window, this made it easy
for hackers trying to add a virus or adware
within the movie. The main problem of all is
the new versions were not always backward
compatible so while on Quicktime's own
website a lot of the movie trailers would
fail to work even though you had the lastest
player. Basically they obsoleted themselves
and movie companies don't use Quicktime for
their movie trailers anymore. The latest
Quicktime movie player is just a shadow of
its former self and barely usable, if you try
to install it you'll probably get itunes that
you didn't ask for and it will change your
Mimi (movie default) settings even when you
told it not to. It's quite sad really.
saddens me to say that the exact same thing
is happening to Adobe Acrobat. I installed it
today and ended up getting a lot of things I
didn't ask for. I ended up with Adobe
Download Manager and Adobe Air, I didn't want
either of those I asked for Adobe Acrobat.
There was also a shortcut on my desktop to
Adobe.com but it was FAKE! The shortcut doesn't
point to Adobe.com it points to a program
file secretly installed on your computer, I've
no idea what it is, it's probably spyware.
The final annoyance was when I opened up
Adobe Acrobat the first thing it did was to
update itself even though it was the latest
version, then it asked me to restart the
computer. Don't they realise the more they
annoy the users of their software the more
likely they are to use an alternative?
way every single software update on your
computer fragments the hard disk so be sure
to defrag your hard drive often or you'll end
up with a super slow computer.
(3rd June '17):
A feature of Windows 10 is that it contains
an internet browser called Edge. Whatever
your opinion of Edge its one main advantage
is that it has a .pdf viewer built in so
Adobe Acrobat is no longer needed.
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