17th May '10 - What's Happening With Adobe Acrobat?

I've got 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 way out.

I'm not talking about Adobe Flash player, that's still hugely successful and I'm sure that will be around for a long time to come.

A number 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.

Well it 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?

By the 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.

Addendum (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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