Friday, November 14, 2008

Anti Acrobat Reader Rant

[Warning - this is not a balenced or reasonable peice.]

Arrrggggggggghhhhhhh! I HATE Acrobat Reader! When looking at a server that had run out of space on the C: drive I just discovered that its installation of Acrobat Reader 9 was taking up 200mb of space. Doing bloody what? This application opens PDFs - that's it, everything else it might do or claim to do is fluff, you only install it to open PDF files. It certainly did this in version 5, presumably in version 1. Why exactly are we on version NINE?!

Do Adobe have a team of dedicated and talanted programmers who have been given the priorities of releasing a new version of Reader every year without fail, making sure that at every point it gets exponentially bigger and gains absolutely no noticable extra functionality? Is it a ploy to force constant machine upgrades to cope?

And why, while I am blithering, did I go to uninstall it to move it to another drive and find THREE applications in Add/Remove Programs - Reader, 'Acrobat.com' and something called 'Adobe Air'? Is Air some funny reference to how heavy their appplication is for a glorified file viewer? What is Acrobat.com, have they installed their website on my server?

Don't even get me started on the fact that my reinstall claimed to require a reboot and added back in the autoloading application to the startup apps. I might start foaming at the mouth.

Sorry, I feel better.

1 comment:

  1. Sumatra PDF you installed on my eeePC works like a charm. Adobe seem intent on adding pretty graphical edges to their buttons so the program gets massive. Evil.

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