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.
Amkh Jogr commented
"In continuation of my December 2020 comment, I am in favor of multiple tool bars, but I have worked around in a different way. In white area of toolbar, right click, in drop down list click customize quick tools. Select a feature you want, and add using +. On the tool bar ... when clicked shows your selected features. Clicking a feature will bring up corresponding tool bar for use. it would be nice to have customized tool bar, but this is better than nothing. I am not cheering Adobe for making us look for work around, but we have to adapt what we got."
Yes - you are correct - however the main problem is that the "share" button, the "provide feedback" button, the "help" button, the "notifications" and the "profile and settings" button CANNOT be hidden.
What's worse - adobe chooses not to refer to these as being "in" the toolbar - so if you ask how to get these off - they simply refer you to the process you state - which is of corse not to address the issue at all.
If we could "hide" these 5 fu<k!ng useless buttons, Adobe would be far more user-friendly - and able to share a screen with other applications without hiding the toolbar option that we DO use......
... but as adobe is full of non-thinking half-wits who blatantly CHOOSE to ignore simple customer comments and feedback - we are stuck with whatever some incompetant has decided we HAVE to pretend is a "feature"..........
Kiran L Bhayani commented
In continuation of my December 2020 comment, I am in favor of multiple tool bars, but I have worked around in a different way. In white area of toolbar, right click, in drop down list click customize quick tools. Select a feature you want, and add using +. On the tool bar ... when clicked shows your selected features. Clicking a feature will bring up corresponding tool bar for use. it would be nice to have customized tool bar, but this is better than nothing. I am not cheering Adobe for making us look for work around, but we have to adapt what we got.
Amkh Jogr commented
There is also the added problems of people using the forms differently than how you want them to.
For instance - I use Acrobat to draw up forms to get information from clients.
I prefer that my client email these completed forms back to me - not through adobe cloud or google cloud or whatever - I need a direct record of communications with my clients (as stipulated by Law in my industry) and email is the best way to do this.
However the "share" button is unfortunately visible on EVERY document.
...meaning i very opten have to get them to send it to me again.
If I'm not going to use something, or if I do not want "features" used - I should be able to hide them.
It just is NOT a hard ask.
It just is NOT a hard thing to make them "hide-able"
It WAS a stupid decision to make them "un-hide-able"
Cannot agree more. I'd been using an old version of Acrobat Pro that allowed COMPLETELY customized toolbars.... now that I've "upgraded" to a current version (which ain't cheap), I am quite frustrated at the wasted real estate for items I don't use as well as the inability to put the things I do use in the places I like. I don't see how removing user ability to customize is an "upgrade".
Adobe is on drugs since 20 years at least. There is no hope anymore.
Kiran L Bhayani,
"...change is always difficult. Let us breach our comfort zone and think out of box.
...once we explore options patiently things are better an nicer. "
- No offense, but we hardly need an Adobe cheerleader to tell users to just get over the change and move on, and tell us to use the woefully inadequate QuickTools, which has been addressed in this thread more than once. If people were happy with it, they wouldn't be complaining, and simply putting up probably isn't the best way to get you anything useful, ever.
Quick Tools has an extremely limited set of tools that are of any use - essentially it has only leftover buttons that are not already in other menus on the same toolbar. The stuff outside of Quick Tools is the real problem. E.g. right click to enable File Tools, Edit Tools, Navigation Tools, Display, etc. - a lot of those shortcuts are essential to display on the bar for easy navigation, and they take up most of the space on that bar, BUT those are not customizable i.e. cannot be arranged so that you can always view the most used ones on the left. Since those buttons already take most of the bar space for me, there's almost no space left for anything else I may find useful in QuickTools (definitely no space when I view a pdf on a half screen instead of full screen).
Also, ALL of the buttons are just too big, with lots of wasted space around and between them, and are also slow and not very responsive to mouse clicks. The buttons are also not well delimited, so sometimes it's difficult to tell if you've actually clicked on the button or on empty space.
So you see, Quick Tools may be a little more customizable than the rest of the toolbar, but all the essentials are elsewhere and already take all the space, so QT is almost useless. Suggesting to use Quick Tools just misses the mark, and is definitely not "thinking out of the box".
At a minimum Adobe should implement a standard configurable menu that you see in any other professional developer tool like Photoshop etc. where you can enable/disable/move around dockable panels. If BlueBeam has done that for their PDF editor, what does that tell you?
ES - Accountant commented
I totally agree and have already asked about this issue. I use a lot of tools, and I have the most essential as Quick Tools, accessible on the toolbar. However, most of them are hidden because of all the useless information Adobe automatically wants us to see on our toolbars. So instead of the toolbar helping me, it's mostly a shortcut to a continuous experience of inconvenience.
I'm ready to dump the toolbars altogether and add everything I need to quick access. But now that IT has me on this Cloud version, there are icons on the right that I can't get rid of and it's using prime real estate. Why hasn't Adobe switched to smaller icons yet?
Victor Caston commented
Customizing quick tools is not enough, if there are many tools you go to frequently.
The problem is how many of the tool panes are fixed and not at the user's discretion. Some people may use them, but many power users won't, esp. since common commands already have keyboard shortcuts.
Kiran L Bhayani commented
I have been following comments on menu customization issue for some time. Being acrobat user from version 4, i also found it difficult to be without a full set of tools on menu. I share the frustration of several users, but change is always difficult. Let us breach our comfort zone and think out of box.
Here is my take - on the white area, quick tools bar, below Home and Tools in gray, right click. Look for customize quick tools, click on that, there is a drop down list, Highlight tool you would like to see frequently. Then on the right side + sign with up arrow. Click on it. The desired tool will appear on quick tool bar. You can move tools as you like and also add divider if you like. The change is always difficult, but once we explore options patiently things are better an nicer. May be support peopl should be patient and explain the process. Good luck and best wishes
DC Sucks balls hard.
I wish I could fire CEO Shantanu Narayen
This guy is bitching around with worldwide users in the creative industry since 2007.
One of the richest people has no control over his company, while underpaid clerks sitting in support centers across India with no option to really help when serious issues occure that are obviously issues by design and/or sloppy programming.
Developers at Adobe are educated fools.
Would love to be able to move the tool bar/pane (RHP) to the bottom of the screen/window. I read pdfs with my monitor in portrait mode and still want to be able to comment/highlight in them without sacrificing width. Thank you.
So far I cannot agree more with this thread. THIS ADOBE PRO DC SUCKS. How in the world do you guys not allow us to make the tool bar more customizable and fit more actual things we want to use up there quickly. Not 3 layers of drop downs to find it. I DEFINITELY do not need half of the tool bar taken up with "Home" "Tools" and "Document" that I NEVER USE!!!! Let me delete those so I can have my other items. Also, allow for like 3 rows so we can have quick access to things! Adobe Pro 8 was seriously SOOOO MUCH BETTER. So mad I upgraded to this POS.
---Adobe responded · August 31, 2017
---Thanks for your valuable feedback. We have taken a note of it. Will keep you posted.
It's 2020--ANY UPDATES???
On August 27, 2020, Anonymous wrote:
> "'PRO' does not = Tablet user." ...
> ... Look for alternatives - and post them here....
Although my perpetual-license version of Acrobat XI saves the interface frustrations and stiff ongoing license fees of DC, *both* versions have limitations that stopped me cold in attempts to edit a 200-page book - one that needed mostly minor - but important - tweaks. ABBYY Finereader (versions 14 and 15) likewise failed at what I needed to do; and although Bluebeam Revu could do the job, its complexity and high cost were more than I was prepared to bear.
Enter PDF-XChange PRO + Enhanced OCR Plugin, a highly powerful, yet inexpensive, perpetual-license program that solved my longstanding problems with this book - literally within minutes of opening the file. Depending on the job, I still use Acrobat XI and FineReader 14 and 15, but XChange PRO remains my go-to Swiss Army knife for PDF editing. and publishing (http://www.tracker-software.com)
"'PRO' does not = Tablet user."
However, I think even that stupidity is an excuse.....
They simply think they know better than you - how you should do your work.
Naturally the first thing you do every day is pass on your documents for some other **** to peruse (because everyone likes to peruse documents that are irrelevant to them, don't they?)
Naturally you'd make sure that they had lots of links in their document that they were "perusing" - to make it interesting!
Of course they should always ahve the opportunity to contact the software developer if they think that the document you have sent them is "below par"...
Ev en more naturally, they couldn't possibly "peruse" your document unless they had access to heaps and heaps of badly structured "tutorials".
It goes without saying that you live - and wake every day - hoping that adobe contacts you with a "notification" - oh joy, oh bliss!
And as much as you might argue otherwise, we all know that the most important thing in our lives is the chance to look at our own profile!
No - it's not that the software is "optimised" for tables.
It is simply an arrogant company with absolutely no idea.
Look for alternatives - and post them here.
Then we can all do away with these idiots that we pay money to. Perhaps that would remind them of how that money flows.
Galvin Robbes commented
PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD CHANGE IT ALREADY
When adding tools to the tool bar, one tends to have a set of tools that is used frequently, not just the one.
It is a painful process to add them one at a time and then go searching 5 sub-menu's down to add the next - this is a very Microsoft style procedure.
It would certainly help if you could have your own custom set of tools that can be saved and reused (bit like indesign tries to achieve)
The number of non-removable buttons is EXPANDING not CONTRACTING, contrary to feedback. Now we have 1) Share a link 2) Share with others 3) Provide feedback 4) Acrobat tutorials 5) Notifications 6) Profile and settings.
These are all useless or extremely rarely used so let me remove them in favour of tools I actually use.
... apparently, adobe regards these space wasters as "features". The attitude is that you should consider these as features regardless of whether they are (to you) or not.
It's a basic design flaw, for hte programmer to assume that the customer (software user) MUST use the software ONLY for purposes that the programmer has decided that they can.
Meanwhile, hte casual search for alternative software continues....
If anyone comes across any such candidates, please list.