Acrobat DC features inferior to Acrobat Pro, Acrobat 11 and every previous version
I could've chosen several categories, creating, PDFs, editing PDFs, viewing PDFs, every feature of Acrobat DC is inferior to 11 and frankly all previous versions of Acrobat Pro. As a publisher who has used Acrobat Pro every day, all day for well over a decade, I am so disappointed and frustrated with this version, It is dumbed down and has several serious bugs that cause issues during a document publishing process. Please scrap this version and bring back Acrobat 11 which functioned 100% better than DC.
I am 100% on board with ML. Acrobat Pro xi (not sure if 11 is the same, but I think so) is fathoms above DC Pro. I had a license to X with my Scansnap, but it worked magnificently with xi Pro as an educator. I would buy it if it would work properly with Windows 10, however I am concerned about using old software that is not updated. Otherwise, I would go back in a heartbeat.
The platform. So many tools... but none actually do much, unless you are collaborating or sharing or uploading. I'm not. I'm editing and adapting poor scans to be recognized for braille translation. AND it is tough to find the tools to use and they disappear. I do not recall this being an issue in xi Pro, and I did not miss all these extra tools.
Clear scan. This amazing function cleaned up some pretty horrible print in the past. I get a couple of the DC tools mixed up. One creates a searchable image, which is par at best; the other is an OCR, but it actually makes the print much worse. Probably because it reduces the resolution. I liked the feature in xi Pro that allowed me to save the document in the same resolution, not compress it. Of course, this way, the print falls apart.
Save as a PDF. So, now digitally produced, saved as PDF documents have to go through a recognition process that reduces print quality. Why? The fonts are in the program. The fonts are in the document. Recently, ANY documents that are save as PDFs might as well have started life as an image. I'm better off copying directly from the internet---I can actually lift more accurate copy than if I transformed the webpage into a PDF. If it is recognizable to begin with, why isn't it as a PDF? That makes no sense. Occasionally, and this doesn't always work, but if I save the document as a PDF within Adobe, it will OCR okay, but why the extra step?
Fonts: What happened to right click and increase black? This was one of my most favorite features. It would allow for darkening light print quite easily and quite well. First I have to go to Accessibility. Hairline does virtually nothing. Then I have to "check accessibility" and follow someone else's process to fix things. They rarely got fixed anything much after 10 saved documents to do trials.
Zoning or Reading Order: Why are there manufactured automatic tags? I tried to remove them, but short of clearing all structure, I couldn't figure out how. It was very simple to locate all the zoning problems in xi Pro. Within that window, you could also re-OCR anything that was not recognized. Now, if it is grayed out, it's inaccessible and requires an alternative text to include it.
Formatting and editing. I saw a blog in which an Adobe representative said that Adobe Acrobat was not an editor or creation program. What exactly is it then? If all I wanted to do was read a PDF, I'd use a free reader.
I'm sure there are other issues that I have come across over the past two years with DC Pro. These are a few that have really upset me this week!
I am shocked at this blatant reduction in program quality. Must we all buy Photoshop to edit our poor PDFs now? I had considered it, but the toolbar in Adobe Photoshop is too small for most senior citizens, and impossible for visually impaired, like me. This, too, is of great concern.
I need these features restored to the excellence it once was to provide visually impaired people with access to documents that were poorly processed at the time they were scanned. At this point, I am actively seeking alternative programs to provide me with the functionality I enjoyed for many years, many years ago, with Acrobat xi Pro, and I thought I would find with DC Pro, but sadly disappointed.