New Simplified Appearance
Go back to the old layout appearance as this new one sucks. You have taken what once just lived in the old file menu bar, hen taken it and shifted repeatable functionalities to the right hand side bar in the previous "new layout", but this "new simplified" layout takes that and now gives you two side bars and almost no functional "settings" adjustments you can make all from one place. You have decentralized all the settings, options, and tools thus making it look more sparse but in actuality making it less simplified.
Don't change the appearance and functionalities and call it simplified when you havemade it harder than just having everything in the top file menu bar.
This is poor design, poor engineering, and lacklustre coding, and in keeping with Adobe's continual efforts to thwart actual usability without paying for functionality and use.
We appreciate your valuable feedback! We're always looking for ways to make Acrobat better, and we appreciate the time and effort you have taken to share your feedback with us.
We acknowledge that the new Acrobat represents a notable change, however we hope that as you get familiar with the new interface, you can be more productive & get more out of Acrobat.
With the new interface we aim to
Provide a simplified viewing experience that helps reduce clutter & optimise it for most used PDF actions that are relevant while viewing a document.
Easily allow users to discover PDF tools they need by ensuring tools are intuitively grouped and a click away,
For example, all tools that allow content, page & file level edits can be found under one action-based verb called “Edit”; tools that allow converting files to & from PDFs can be found under “Convert”; tools that allow filling & signing documents or requesting signatures from others under “Sign”.
Most importantly, the new interface enables users to effortlessly move between different PDF tools to complete their document related tasks
For example, someone viewing comments in a PDF should also be able to easily edit the text of it without interrupting their workflow
A user can seamlessly perform page level edits such as reordering, inserting, extracting, rotating or deleting pages while editing content and/or commenting on the file
We would also like to highlight that we have exhaustively tested these changes with users over the past 12 months, keenly monitoring user behaviour & addressing top user issues before gradually rolling out the new interface to the Acrobat user base.
A point to note is that as we made these changes in the interface, we have tried to ensure all tools & features that are currently supported, retain their familiar functionalities and workflows as they did in the previous version. We are committed to address any gaps or issues reported by users related to any break in current workflows in all our past & upcoming releases. In case any of your current workflows are not functioning as expected, do share it with us on this thread, and we will address them with the highest priority..
In case any of your critical workflows are impacted, and you have the option to switch back to the old UI from the “Menu” on the top left corner on windows, and View Menu on MacOS.
We will follow up on this response with a detailed blog post explaining the changes, a guide to help familiarise you to the new interface, along with regular updates on upcoming changes.
Also It would have been better if you could be more specific in case you are finding difficulties in executing your workflows.
Thank you once again for your feedback, and do look forward to our upcoming releases !
Marie Etzler commented
I agree: the simplified layout of Adobe Acrobat isn't clear. At least offer a way to customize the toolbars so I can place them on the top where they were before. The only customization option I can find is to add or remove icons from the quick action toolbar.