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Jan 28 2013

Fucke You, Adobe Acrobat X Designers

Was it really too much to ask for the ability to arrange all the tools you want to use into a single-row motherfucken toolbar? You really had to force the user to either have two rows of toolbars, or show no toolbars at all?

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  1. 1
    slc1

    If the fuckken Yankee fan really want’s something to complain about, he should check out Corel Draw, which has toolbars all over the place. Word and Excel also have multiple toolbars.

  2. 2
    Marcus Ranum

    What you should do is take Word and open up all the toolbars. There’s this great picture on the ‘web somewhere of what it looks like – there’s this teeny little area left for entering text in.

    And if you don’t hate that, try iTunes. I’m not sure how Apple did it but they made it slower than I thought it was possible to make an app on a modern computer.

  3. 3
    TGAP Dad

    As long as you’re hating on Adobe, save some for that impossibly wretched piece of horror that is Flash. Every hint of that shitware should be burned to the ground, and every copy of its source code hurled into the sun.

  4. 4
    Leonard Rosenthol

    Can you explain why two toolbars doesn’t work for you?

    Also, have you looked at the new Acrobat XI which offers customizable AND SWITCHABLE SETS of toolbars (and right hand panel tools)?

  5. 5
    Comradde PhysioProffe

    Two toolbars takes up too much vertical space on a laptop, which is especially an issue with the wide-aspect-ratio screens that are currently typical. As far as Acrobat XI, my institution has a site license for Acrobat X, and has not yet upgraded the license to the newer version. As soon as they do, I will switch over!

    BTW, thanks for stopping by, Leonard! I am surprised that my shitty blogge is on your radar. In general, I am a massive fan of Adobe products, and spend a large amount of time working with content in Acrobat, InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.

  6. 6
    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    UI/UX defenders:

    There is no reason toolbars and any menus cannot be fully customized. Why developers and vendors do not allow for this is ridiculous. Even more ridiculous when a product had exactly these features in the past, but they were taken away. Stoooo-pid.

    But what if a newer version does offer some customization? Are we then to ditch the thing we bought last year and now license an new version of something for 100-300 dollars? Good idea.

  7. 7
    sqlrob

    And if you don’t hate that, try iTunes. I’m not sure how Apple did it but they made it slower than I thought it was possible to make an app on a modern computer.

    I found some interesting bugs in my code because of iTunes. I don’t know how, but they managed to call some basic APIs in Windows in an extremely bonehaded way that I’m actually surprised worked. It’s not something you can do by accident, you actually have to TRY to be that clueless, because the compiler would say “WTF are you doing?” if you naively tried it.

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    mattandrews

    Is it possible that any of the stuff you’re doing in the toolbars can be replaced by keyboard shortcuts? I rely on them fairly heavily, and found that more often than not, it keeps me out of toolbars (heavy Adobe user like yourself.)

  9. 9
    Leonard Rosenthol

    @F – Actually there are very good reasons to not allow menu/toolbar customization. The primary reasons are related to consistency and training, especially in large enterprises (where Acrobat has it’s majority user base). That was the main reason that we didn’t even offer any customization till Acrobat X – but it was the first time and we only offered a limited set to “test the waters”. We got great feedback from our users, and so with Acrobat XI, we added more.

    @Comradde – thanks for having me! Google Alerts are a wonderful way of tracking what is going on :). We are definitely looking at how to improve on the vertical vs. horizontal space issues as the change to wide vs. tall seems to clearly have on out (something I, personally, am not thrilled with).

  10. 10
    BrianX

    I am not particularly in love with Adobe’s UI designers. There’s all this effusive praise out there for Photoshop Elements 11, and I’m wondering what program they’re looking at, because it looks like it was designed by three different UI teams that weren’t talking to each other. I really should be able to get everything in expert mode that I can get in Guided mode, for example, without having to switch between them. Plus scripting documentation is nonexistent; you have to use the CS6 guide and hope that you don’t need a feature that didn’t trickle down to PSE.

  11. 11
    BrianX

    (Although I have to say that GIMP by comparison is uglier than a troll in a designated safe space.)

  12. 12
    Compuholic

    When it comes to Adobe products I am always reminded of this DEFCON talk:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPtVxdls_tU

    It is about Flash and you can only shake your head and wonder what the hell the developers were thinking when you hear some of this stuff.

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