Feature request / Bug report

Full Tools, Menu customisation

Acrobat DC wastes so much screen space in non-customisable areas - It is common to 'snap' the Acrobat Application to Half-Screen - but doing so hides many menu Tools, but ALWAYS leaves 'Home, Tools, Document & then The Login Name. - These are rarely (never) used.
Please allow them to be Hidden, Or return Menu/Tool icons to a 'normal' design/style as used in the previous 10 versions of Acrobat.
'PRO' does not = Tablet user.

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The interface is terrible. I can't find anything or do anything I used to do. I think it was designed for a cell phone. Every icon is so large and the font is so big. And it is trying to create its own "windows" looking box as you save files that I despise. I do what I need to in Acrobat and exit as soon as I can.

      • Paul commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Its great that the Big Blue Button has been made a lot smaller but unless easy and simple access to the tools needed via the tool bad is made available again through complete customisation of the bar productivity is being affected which means when we review our program use and productivity we may have to dump Adobe Pro and look for something that will allow us to do our job efficiently.

      • Mike Reed commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        More toolbar customization please!
        I understand "forcing your agenda" on people using the free editions but not on the paying customers. The Pros should be able to modify everything to fit their workflow. Please.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would like to see the Enlarge (+) and Decrease (-) buttons separately on the tool bar. The extra clicking required to enlarge a document - and hope the cursor doesn't slide off the screen and delete the sizing screen - are too many steps. When I want to enlarge something briefly I'd prefer one click and I'm done! Thanks

      • Sandy Campbell commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Adobe doesn't need to reinvent the wheel. They've created fully customizable interfaces for Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign and other CC programs. Please build us Acrobat Pro CC 2019 with a similar UI and kill DC once and for all. Or watch all your customers switch to Bluebeam.

      • Paul O'Brien commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        @Jeff, most of our staff spent a trial period with Bluebeam. All of those users were sad when the 14 days were over. If you've ever compared other image editing software to Photoshop, you know what I mean. If Acrobat Pro is MS Paint, then Bluebeam is Photoshop.

      • Jeff commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        @Paul O'Brian: We are looking at possibly switching to Bluebeam as well I'm going to look at the trial version and see how it compares. do you like it thus far?

      • Paul O'Brien commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This thread helped convinced the mgmt that we should switch to Bluebeam this month. Employees everywhere are shedding metaphorical tears of joy.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        And here we are at 311 votes, 118 comments and still nothing from Adobe to indicate what's being done about this after being "UNDER REVIEW" since September 4th 2017.

        So disheartening.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Anonymous commented, September 30, 2018:
        "I've been using acrobat reader for quick viewing of files, and Bluebeam Revo for editing. Until I see some major changes to the UI, i'm not going back to any paid acrobat version...."

        One of my biggest complaints with Acrobat is its inability to change just a page's font color (not size) - without royally screwing up line breaks and justification; and inability to apply such changes to multiple pages - or even an entire document - at one time. Does Bluebeam handle this function any better?

      • Kelly Vaughn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Full customization of toolbars would be great! Acrobat does not offer this, but Bluebeam Revu does.

      • David Davies commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        #Anonymous - sorry - I just realised that you are talking about the items on the Page Control bar.

        Yes - the only thing on there not available anywere is the scale - now THAT would be a useful thing on the toolbar for anyone involved in graphics.

        HELLO ADOBE - ARE YOU READING ANY OF THIS?

      • David Davies commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        #Anonymous
        ??
        - Fit-to-window has always been available as CTRL+0, and this shortcut is shown on the item in the view menu. As a toolbar item Fit-to-window can be permanently displayed or hidden - in the view menu/show-hide/toolbar-item/show-Select-&-zoom-tools.

        - scrolling mode tool can be permanently available or hidden, see under view menu

        - Page controls can be permanently on show or permanently hidden (look in the view menu under show/hide, and if on show can be either floating on the page or docked in the tool bar.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        All of the task bar is customizable except the page controls, which can also become the floating tool bar. Why we can't edit this part is beyond me. The following tools I've never used and have never seen any colleague use them. We need to be able to remove them in order to help us be more efficient.
        - View file in Read Mode
        - Fit page to window
        - Fit to window and enable scrolling
        - Click to pan around the document
        - Move page controls out of tool bar

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Really need to have ribbon accessible and include all the tools to create or edit a form. I have just spent the last 3 hrs attempting to figure out how to create a PDF from scratch and Im not even close. I can find any of the standard tool. Go back to the old format to create or edit.
        May just dump this and find something else to use.

      • David Davies commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Mr Senior - you live and learn. I am pleased to have been some help.
        I have made a number of approaches to Adobe - via this thread, and the one about the Big Blue Share Button, and also via answers to direct contact from them, but this just seems to be falling on deaf ears.
        They seem to have had a redesign by someone who only understands one of the several functions which Acrobat is used for - the editing/sharing brigade. I am astonished that this thread seems to have been ignored by adobe for so long.

      • Stephen Senior commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Mr Davies. I obviously didn't know that! Duh! Most of the feedback relates to the fact that the Icons & Toolbars are way too large. The Share button is also a nuisance. Bring back the tidy thumbnails for the toolbar. Highlighting, Copying, Pasting & Dragging in edit mode is inferior to previous versions in my opinion. (I do know how to use CTRL keys for this surprise surprise!). Yes we need to be constructive but the lack of work space on the DC UI on a small screen laptop, (which I need for portability) is very off-putting.

      • David Davies commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        ~Stephen Senior:
        you say "For Example "Fit Page" is now buried in a drop down as "Zoom to page level"
        Let's be fair to Adobe here - Ctrl+0 is an almost universal command for fit to page, not just in Adobe software. I've never heard of anybody using it from a menu more than once - the shortcut is shown when you go to the menu.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        specific request is the page control toolbar, when docked, is truncated. Please allow that to be full size and show all tools!

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