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.
Sandy Campbell commented
I also believe that DC is a UI disaster, so I’ve tried most of the Acrobat Pro alternatives mentioned in this forum in the hope of upgrading from XI. Unfortunately, there are a number of proprietary Acrobat features that none of them seem to support, forcing me to stick with XI for now. For instance, none of them support initial view preferences like the “Two-Up (Cover Page)” layout and “Fit Page” magnification. I also like to option-double-click on a graphic to open it in Photoshop or Illustrator, and to view comments as a list on the right side of the window. Acrobat DC has been in the wild since April 2015 and it hasn’t been improved one bit. So Adobe, please tell us your future plans for Acrobat so we can strategize accordingly.
Hey Adobe, 89 comments and counting. Are you ever going to chime in and let us know where you are with this? I mean, come on! This request has been under review for over a year!
As the requester of this initial comment, not only has there been no feedback, but am now dismayed to see the Menu bars have been made worse still by the addition of 'SHARE' - Because EVERYONE wants to share PDFs using Adobes system - so much so that you need a BLUE button on a GREY menu - & made sure that it HAS TO BE SEEN even when the application isn't maximised - on a Half-snapped screen the only useful buttons left are now 'Save' & the Page number - I suspect they only survive because I turned off the existing 'Cloud, Send buttons)
No Fix, No Options, introduce another problem....great way to retain subscribers.
Adobe DC toolbar needs more customizable settings for those who know what they are doing. While it's acceptable to have the layout default for the less savy user, those of us using this application as professionals really need more control to optimize our workspace.
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. Pathetic...
Adobe DC is awful awful awful!!! Major loss of productivity due to the new layout and toolbar access!
Programmers <> Users commented
Horrible layout. Total waste of space on actual "tool" bar, could clearly be moved up to the File tool bar area. Please have your programmers use a smaller screen, not 30 wide screens when programming. Maybe even a little QC and not locking down the ability to customize so much, what do you care if we customize how WE the user need it to be?
Hi Adobe. I see that this feature request has been under review since September 4th of 2017. Can you please update on where you are with this?
Adobe, what were you thinking? This is an awful end user experience for anyone working on a desktop/laptop. We are not using tablets or any other touchscreen for daily business use. We have a couple products that we use that are only compatible with Acrobat, or we'd be gone. Please correct this ridiculous interface, or allow the end users to do it for themselves.
Adobe DC is a horrible upgrade. Having to click on the tools tab to then have it take you away from the page you were working in... DUMB!
Dang, this thread is #1 most wanted, and it was started exactly a year ago, and Adobe still has it flagged as "Under review" . What are they still reviewing?
LoL. All this feedback and criticism of the user interface is not enough for them to consider a change?
Oh well. Bluebeam does look good...
Yes Please. I have spent at least an hour to get rid of that useless tool bar. First it was shadowed at the bottom. That was incredibly annoying; got it moved to the top now I have to have full screen width to see the tools I use. I have NEVER used the ones you can't delete. GRRR
yes, more customization would be VERY welcome. It's true that Acrobat is has fallen behind....
Aubse? Nazis?? Wow.
David Davies commented
I see we've reached the "abusive trolling" stage of the discussion. I believe that the next stage is for someone either to start using swear words or to liken Adobe to the Nazi regime of the 1930s.
AnonX - let's keep it to a productive discussion shall we?
Acrobat is a major tool for some very very different operations, and we the users need to explain our problems to Adobe, not to start telling people they should "be ashamed" when they are trying to help.
+1 to the previous commenter. I'm considering not renewing my license.
Anyone who comes here pitching the puny Quick Tools or custom tools in Acrobat should read below and be ashamed.
I just spent a couple of hours trying out the alternate applications mentioned below - Bluebeam Revu and PDF-Xchange Pro. I've been using Acrobat for as long as I can remember, and I’ve always thought it’s the best tool out there. Since Adobe is the company that developed the pdf format, they MUST be ahead of everyone else, right? Boy, was I wrong!
Below is a screenshot of the Bluebeam Revu user interface. It’s snapped to half screen, which is how I usually view documents.
When I saw that UI, I got flashbacks of old versions of Photoshop and Illustrator that I remember using many years ago. I’m talking about the very first CS versions, more than a decade old, that had those free-floating dockable panels that you could place anywhere around the work area. In Revu, everything that’s a button or a toolbar can be hidden, rearranged, or moved some place else. Toolbars can be free-floating or docked anywhere around the document area, i.e. top, bottom, left, right, or inside the pdf area. Each toolbar can be individually customized to show the buttons that you need, and you can create additional custom toolbars. That’s not all - you can store multiple UI configurations in ‘profiles’, so that you can easily switch between the custom configurations with just a few clicks!
The UI feels ‘tactile’ and responsive. As you move the mouse cursor over the panels, it clearly indicates which button is currently highlighted, while in Acrobat I often click on large empty spaces between buttons and nothing happens.
Overall the Revu UI looks and feels very professional, and is clearly designed for efficiency. I’ve seen similar UI’s in various Adobe programs over the years, but unfortunately Acrobat is not one of them. It’s a little pathetic to be honest. I don’t want this to sound like an ad for another software. I’m a long-time Acrobat user, and this is my honest reaction to discovering the ‘possibilities’ out there, and I hope it will give the Acrobat team something to think about.
Here is a screenshot of the PDF-Xchange which has a standard ribbon-style UI.
The toolbars cannot be undocked like in Bluebeam, but they are completely customizable just like the M$ Office ribbon, and so is the navigation bar on the bottom. It’s still a big improvement over the Acrobat DC user interface.
Paul O'Brien commented
A cheaper alternative to Bluebeam is PDF-Xchange. Most of the same features (minus live, multi-user collaboration) for $50 one time. Bonus: lightweight and fast, even with hundreds of 30"x42" pages.
I am guessing that the large "everything" is in response to those that are vision impaired. Which is fine. It just needs to be flexible to make it smaller for the rest of the population. Architects pretty much have gone to BlueBeam.
WOW Thank you to the previous poster!!! I had never heard of BlueBeam. It looks AMAZING! All those dockable and movable toolbars.... Downloading the trial now.