Why did Acrobat change the UI to this simplistic, childish design? Terrible, slower to use.
Acrobat Pro used to be seamless, easy to use and efficiently laid out. Now it looks like some child's puzzle game where you have to access numerous screens to accomplish what you used to be able to do from ONE PLACE.
Maddening, dumb redesign that apparently was done for what? Tablet use? Why ruin something many of us use in professional settings so students and casual users can play around with their school prom flyer on mom's ipad?
It is ugly and not at all intuitive. Clearly the project team didn't have anyone with institutional knowledge involved.
David Peters commented
Yes, and for all the many more years it will take Adobe NOT to fix this, but instead go out of business, you can read the below linked thread for some entertainment. That thread is almost ten years old, and things have only gotten much worse since then, although at the time this was hardly imaginable.
...and the hundreds of entries here at Uservoice about "Fix the childish ridiculous unusable slow buggy abysmal user interface":
Carlos Oxwall commented
Agree to the fullest; the Metro/Aero Windoze UI is horrible, and why so many software designers are incorporating it is just .. beyond me!
Simon Loughnane commented
As a new customer I am shocked at how bad it is. Unfortunately I am outside of my trial period.
Stupid decisions like this plus the high price of Acrobat are reasons why the $5 billion company I work for switched to Foxit. I wasn't crazy about that decision at all, but this UI change makes me think they were right.
Collier Dodson commented
I definitely still prefer the older 9.x 10.x UI
Please bring back Acrobat 9.5.5 UI!
Can be as an option only! Can be double price and hidden deep in registry...
Brad Hill commented
You can go back to the old layout. Go to the top left home button and click "Disable New Acrobat", and you're back to the beautiful, functional old version!
I concur. LOTS of time wasted clicking here and clicking there and then back again to get even the most simple task done.
1- set up a workspace system ala Photoshop so users can SET THEIR OWN PREFERENCES EASILY instead of having to go into EDIT etc. I need to change the font colors and sizes quickly and having a DEDICATED WORKSPACE ala Photoshop would help >>> AS LONG AS YOU DON'T FIDDLE WITH IT ENDLESSLY so that each 'update' means users have to waste days trying to figure out the 'easier' app.
2: Let users change the SIZE OF THE POINTER & ADD COLOR to is so we can find it! THE TINY pointer disappears on the screen
3: STOP RAISING THE **** PRICE OF ACROBAT PRO! Each year it goes up and the quality of the product goes down. The excuse for the price rise according to sales folks is that people need to be paid. Yup. No problem with that BUT - Acrobat Pro is beginning to morph into the Adobe Bridge/Photoshop mess: Developing overly complex or buggy apps, which need more techs to 'fix' things, and handle crazed customers... Endless vicious circle.
4: PLEASE NOTE - your customers are NOT CASH COWS whose sole purpose is to create income for Adobe developers and techs.
5: A GREED MENTALITY has infected Adobe and the result is more and more garbage being developed. I -We users actually understand complex systems. Yes, there is a Lot that happens in the background of each app. BUT for god's sake: SIMPLIFY this mess.
**One way to do that is to create an App for Tablet/Cellphone use and let those of us using real computers like PC's or Office Workstations get on with our real work lives.
Adriana Melendez commented
The new one is absolutely terrible. The edit functions are different, the form creater is completely useless now! I hate it. When you add a text box or a radial button, you have to exit all the way out form creation in order for it to stop putting boxes or buttons all over the page., i absolutely hate it
You got rid of everything useful about Adobe with the redesign. We were just forced to switch over on our new PC upgrades and your app is suddenly trash. What is with you tech people reducing user customization and agency? Our firm was hesitating on switching to Bluebeam Revu because most of the staff were used to using Adobe and were more comfortable, but now you've removed your literal only saving grace. If everyone has to relearn something, it's going to be the software that gives the user the power to perform at their peak.
The current grey-on-grey UI with grey toolbar icons has been terrible from the day it was introduced. Acrobat had become very bloated with features, so Adobe's response was to add a poorly designed and unpleasant looking UI to try to organise the mess... but in doing so layered on an equally bloated UI that makes it virtually impossible to find or remember where your required tool has been hidden (much like Microsoft's ribbon) thus destroying the fast sub-conscious muscle-memory access to features that is a sign of great software. At some point they added a hideous blue Share button to the toolbar. It was such a bad idea people complained, so what was Adobe's response? Add - yes ADD - yet *another* toolbar menu option to switch to a less hideous icon, rather than simply make that the default! I will never understand why Acrobat was given this terrible toy UI, instead of being made to look exactly like all their other "flagship" apps, like Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign. Those apps have far more features than Acrobat, but remain useable by having a standard UI design.
Notice that most people do not use touch devices at all... Maybe for such monitors could be special big, finger friendly interface etc...
Now all are forced to use 'bigger' UI coz, assume it is easier to make one then bother with two...
Using soooo big menus, icons, tabs, bars etc is just waste of space. And it is also ugly.
Please take a look at Acrobat 9.5 interface... All was clear, easy to find and in its place...
Terry Neumeister commented
I've upgraded to the newer CC & immediately see that the Acrobat DC user interface is horrible. All the comments here are accurate. The redesign is awful! As a professional designer, this is so sad to see.
Could not agree more. I *literally* just pulled my hair out trying to figure out a PDF signature. How is this even possible coming from Adobe? Signed, a UX designer.
Seamus Brennan commented
I did a search just now for an Old Reliable, Adobe Photoshop CC because I'm frustrated with Software that can bring you to Mars and back with textures and effects but fails miserably when you want to work with layers and make your own photo border!! WTF. In my search for my 'Old Reliable' I saw my search of a few days ago, where I expressed betrayal, shock and disappointment with this greedy contrivance 'TOUCH'. I haven't been VACCINATED AGAINST ADOBE TOUCH and I don't intend to. I haven't been VACCINATED AGAINST ADOBE PHOTOSHOP either so I'm holding off 'till I find out how much ADOBE VACCINES are going to cost.
Lara S. commented
The new UX is infuriating. I want to select my tools from a regular menu. I'm really hating this unnecessary learning curve that's never going to get me to the efficiency I had with previous versions.
Why do the tools on move position depending on document? Muscle memory speeds up use of the software. If the buttons (cloud, print, zoom, cursor, hand, move page controls out of toolbar) change location depending on the document it interferes. And if I had vision problems between this and the grey icon on grey bar would be a nightmare.
Karen NYC commented
Not only is the new interface confusing and more time-consuming to use than the old one, but it does not comply with Section 508 of the Americans With Disability Act, which requires that the federal government is supposed to be following in its software procurement process. Very few commands can be accomplished with keyboard shortcuts (or even with a series of them, as in Microsoft applications). As a result, it cannot be used with voice recognition software. Being forced to use the current version exacerbates my repetitive stress injury.
Adobe Acrobat DC is HORRIBLE! The UI makes it almost impossible to use to work with PDFs. Please, PLEASE, PLEASE! give us a way to go back to the UI of Acrobat Pro (Vers 8, 9 , 10 for Mac)... I thought Microsoft set the bar for HORRIBLE software back when it introduced "Mr. Clippy," but Adobe broke what was otherwise a great product. HELP!
Steven Hiatt commented
I have to agree that the Acrobat DC user interface is horrible. OTOH, the app now performs so poorly that perhaps managers decided to match function and form in a "creative" way. I recently tried to create a form, but had to give up--Acrobat would not let me save the created form (after numerous odd behaviors along the way--it's clear very little testing was done).