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.
We are delighted to share with you that Acrobat and Reader Desktop release for DC Continuous (21.007.20091) is Live now and this Takes care of the Feature Request to Change the Display Size of the Acrobat without changing the Scaling/Resolution of the machine. This can be Done from “View” → “Display Size”. For now this is avaialble for windows only.
More Info Here : https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/using/whats-new.html and go to “Change Acrobat Display Size”
Please update your Acrobat (It should Auto update or you should do Help → Check for updates) and let us know your Feedback.
Adobe is well aware of how much people dislike the DC interface. It’s very polarizing. It would be helpful if they would simply explain to their users the logic behind the DC interface: with regard to the giant buttons and what seem to be oceans of wasted space. I know they didn’t do it randomly, but to most desktop users, it seems like it was designed by people who aren’t even Acrobat users. Acrobat people: can you chime in and tell people to logic behind the DC user interface?
I agree 100%
Everyone dislikes the current configuration. What's the hold up? Get it fixed Adobe!
Sandi Cleveland commented
I stumbled across this page when trying to find out how I can export my Quick Access Toolbar. I see that all these ideas have been under review since Sept 4 2017--it's now Aug 2018 and the tools and toolbars are still clunky and Unfriendly for users. Please make a change!! And make it possible to export the Quick Access Toolbar since that is much easier to use than a custom Tools pane!!
Kelly Vaughn, it seems like you just read the title of this thread and not much else. With due respect to the effort you put in explaining how to use the Quick Tools, if you actually read the comments you will realize that most users here are well aware of its existence, and the issues described here go a little deeper than figuring out how to right click on the toolbar to select "quick tools". QT is the single tiny portion of the UI that's somewhat customizeable, but extremely limited. In fact, if you enable the other toolbars e.g. File, Edit, Navigation tools, etc., then the Quick Tools portion of the toolbar is pushed so far to the right that it becomes unusable. You can't even rearrange these separate toolbars, e.g. if you wanted to have the Quick Tools all the way to the left.
The larger point you are missing is that a lot of the UI space is wasted, especially the non-customizeable parts. The entire UI needs to have a ribbon-like interface with smaller buttons, less empty space around and between, and it needs to be more tactile and responsive, like in so many other productivity apps. In fact, if the UI was well done, like in those other softwares, it wouldn't need to be very customizeable, because everything the user needs would be available and accessible. And if panels can be docked/undocked, it would be even better.
James Stedl commented
Hello Kelly, I have edited that tool bar. But that tool bar only shows up when you have a pdf open. Normally if I want to scan a new document that tool bar is hidden. Now it may be faster to open a existing pdf to see that tool bar then create a new document from there. At least faster then opening Acrobat and scanning from the start screen. Or they could just let us enable/view the customized section of that bar all the time!
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.
Rae Benedetto commented
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!