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.
This is such a hot-button issue (3 of the top 4 feature requests deal with toolbars), that I decided to make another video to help the users. There actually are several ways to customize your toolbars. They are buried under "Customize Quick Tools", they Show/Hide menu, and "Create Custom Tool."
I think a big reason for the major confusion on the part of the users is that Adobe didn't use standard nomenclature. There are about 5 different areas of the UI that are called "tools." In my opinion, "Create Custom Tool" should rather be called "Create Custom Toolbar Configuration."
This first video deals with how to show and hide different areas of the toolbar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpG3kDvmTJ4&t=30s
And this video shows how to create a "Custom Tool" : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMkaxy1Pi88&t=3s
Jorge Bin commented
Absolutely! Full customization of toolbars please!
I can strongly support this request. As a professional prepress operator I use Acrobat Pro all day long. Unfortunately I am forced to stick with version 10/11 because the UI/menu of DC is so ******. People do not use Acrobat Pro on tablets! Please lay off your UX/UI designer and revert to the previous UI/menu system. It is well proven and very functional. And don't even think of spoiling InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator too.
I want my Quick Tools on the left, not the right, so that I can get to them in one click instead of two. Whenever I have two windows side by side, the Quick Tools aren't accessible until I click the three dots on the far right of the toolbar menu. This goes against the entire purpose of setting up Quick Tools - they're tools that aren't quick to access.
pretty much all other Adobe apps (photoshop, illustrator, indesign, etc.) have menus and panels made for productivity and efficiency. I don't know why Acrobat has always had a cra.ppy UI and never managed to catch up. It's like the developer still sees it primarily as a pdf viewer, and not as a creation tool. The tools menus feel like an afterthought.
A few specific points:
1. As many have noted there is a lot of wasted space for large buttons that are almost never used, while buttons that are more useful are hard to get to. For example I never use the Sign In button, while the Feedback button I may use very rarely. These things should be hidden somewhere in the Help menu, not stuck permanently on the menu bars.
2. The current menu bars have too much empty wasted space around and between the buttons, and the buttons themselves are also too big. More buttons should be able to fit in the available bar space.
3. Additional sub-panels shrink the visible pdf area. For example, when I open Enhance Scans, and then click on Recognize Text (in this file), this creates another thick horizontal bar that has only 4 additional buttons and most of the bar is empty. This added bar shrinks the pdf area, so if I’m using say 'fit page', it makes the page even smaller. Most pdf documents are letter sized and are viewed on a widescreens computer monitor, so there is plenty of unused space on both sides of the document but the vertical space should not be abused like that for extra horizontal bars. These extra panels should go to the unused space on the sides.
The current UI is extremely inefficient.
Here is a screenshot with a few additional comments and suggestions.
I see the main issue is that Acrobat DC was designed for Touch screens. And the desktop users were just eft to deal with it. But InDesign did a much better job in my opinion. They created a "Touch" workspace that didn't hijack the UI of the traditional desktop version. When in "Touch" workspace mode, the tools get simpler and the buttons larger. This is how Acrobat should have done it! https://indesignsecrets.com/using-the-indesign-touch-workspace.php
...oh, and add a second toolbar row to add more tools!
I really can't improve upon what others have already commented. Make ALL toolbars customizable. Make the buttons smaller, and stop wasting so much real estate with all the white space. It's one of the reasons why I have stuck with XI but now that 32-bit app support is starting to be phased out by Apple, I now have to look more seriously at DC.
This is by far, the worst User Interface on any software I've used. Recetly upgared to Pro DC, even worst.
Please adapt the most common user interface out there, add a ribbon or at least go back to Acrobat XI style, can't find the commands like I used to.
It now takes me 4 clicks, where it use to take 1, how is that an improvement? Is this the Windows 8 of Acrobat?
GOOD GOSH. The words "Home Tools Documents" takes up too much space. I use acrobat in portrait orientation and cannot see all of my tools. SECOND ROW OF TOOLS OPTION!!!!
Please allow for a second row of toolbars so we can use our most common icons.
Hre is a video about how to customize the toolbars in Acrobat: https://youtu.be/zpG3kDvmTJ4
And you can still use the underline tool and color it whatever you want. It's just not very obvious how. First click on the Comment tool, then all your comment tools will show at the top. Choose the underline text tool and then use the color picker to make it green. I like to add that to my quick tools so that it's always there, no matter what major toolset I have sleeted at the time. This video should help: https://youtu.be/zpG3kDvmTJ4
Rae, the custom tool panel, like all other existing panels, adds an extra bar which leaves less space for viewing the document. So maybe it helps with not having to switch between many different tools if you customize it well, but it doesn't address the bigger issue of wasted space on the top bar, i.e. large permanent buttons, no ability to rearrange buttons for page navigation, etc. The only portion that allows rearranging of buttons is the Quick tools which always sits on the right side, so that doesn't help especially when viewing DC in half screen.
Besides the stiff and clumsy feel of the bars, they waste vertical space within the bar. If you look at the MS word ribbon and the size of the buttons, you can fit at least two of those buttons for one DC button vertically. Overall the DC menus look and feel like they were made for kids or seniors, not for professionals who need efficiency and productivity.
Also, the menus are not as responsive as other programs. Pressing buttons feels sluggish.
I certainly wouldn't mind having the dockable menus of Photoshop/Illustrator as suggested.
Also would be nice if we could dock "Tools" (really panels of Tools) or not.. like in Photoshop and Illustrator! Come on guys you've got Pros using Acrobat, too. Stop treating us like kids!
Hey, I hate this interface too, but a lot of the problems I see below (searching for tools over and over) can be solved by Creating a Custom Tool Panel (which Acrobat refers to as "Create Custom Tool"). It's really a Panel of Tools which appears on the right hand of the screen. I've done this and I put the tools I use most in that Panel. My complaint is I have to select my "Tool" of Tools every time -- it should just be there by default. And we should be able to adjust font size and choose whether we want icons or not and if so, what size icon.
I could not agree more with this! I was just coming here to say the same thing. Clunky menus that I can't customize. I do 508 tagging for accessibility and I work in Acrobat DC every day, all day long! The Reading Order Tool is too big and bulky. Today I started work on several forms, using the Forms Panel a lot -- I can't widen it. I can't make the font smaller, so I can't see anything !!! Obviously this is not designed by the same people who do Illustrator and Photoshop -- their menus are so small I can't barely read them. Can we have customizable font sizes in all Adobe product menus PLEASE?
Plus, I make a customized Tool Panel with the tools I use all the time. Why oh why can't I make this be the "default" always there Tool Panel ? So let's say I click "the Edit text tool." The Edit panel opens up. I'm done, I close it. No tools. Why can't my customized Tool Panel just be there. Instead, every time, I have to go to Tools and click on my Tool Panel. It gets to be a real pain and time waster when someone uses the product intensively like I do.
Adobe needs to suck it up, admit they made a huge mistake with this version, and fix it.
Otherwise, at least on my personal computer at home, I will be seeking other pdf viewing software that is more user friendly. And when I change jobs, I will be recommending a different software selection there, too.
Message boards are great, but only if we are being heard. Adobe isn't the only software company out there.
Dominic Marlow commented
I totally agree with this, and I was actually logging onto this system in order to make this exact suggestion. The Tabs for multiple documents should have priority space over the "Help", "Feedback", "Login Name", "Home", and "Tools" buttons.
Is anyone surprised that most suggestions on this feedback forum are about the clunky, wasteful, and very user-unfriendly toolbars we've had to live with for a looooong long time? I pretty much agree with all the suggestions - I hate the large buttons, half of which I don’t even use, and can’t be removed.
We need more customization. We need a toolbar that's made with productivity and efficiency in mind. Need smaller buttons, which we can move around. We need a fully customizeable ribbon!
Take M$ Word for example - you can create a whole new ribbon tab and fill it with anything you can think of, and you can also hide it when not in use. Not to mention the extra quick access bar, which you can also hide at will.
Think about it - if a ****** company like M$ was able to create this almost 8 years ago (and even before then the Office menus were already pretty customizeable), why can't Adobe give us something a little more functional than a few large static buttons that are wasting space?