I genuinely am not enjoying the new UI on Adobe. It is clunky, time-consuming, not intuitive, and really quite difficult to navigate. I know it's new, but I've been using it for weeks now and really am struggling with it.
Angeline Fife commented
I compleltely agree. Words cannot express how much I hate the new interface. At least give us the option to customize the toolbars. Basically everything that is down the right side of the screen should be at the top. The items in the bottom right corner are the things I use the most. And I hate the gigantic menu on the side that opens up every time I want to do anything and takes up half the screen. I really prefer having that stuff along the top of the screen where there is a lot more real estate.
Matthew Renze commented
In a society that reads left-to-right, top-to-bottom, navigational elements are anchored/located in the upper-left side of the screen.
This is the reason why the escape key, the file menu, and folder trees are all anchored/located in the upper-left corner.
In addition, for a predominantly right-handed population, tools are typically located on the right-hand side.
This is why everything from workbenches to drafting tables to desktop applications locate tools and tool bars on the right.
As a result, the document outline in the new Adobe Acrobat UI should be located on the left and the tool bar should be located on the right side of the application.
These aren't mearly UI suggestions, they are based on human psychology.
Unfortunately, this new UI is disregarding decades of research and best practices in UI/UX design psychology.
Jim Collins commented
I agree, this new UI has seriously impacted my work efficiency. Who are you designing for - Chinese and Arabs? You have moved all the common and most used functions to the right (and lower right - how awkward). Newsflash: all people from western nations read and work left to right, not right to left.
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..
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 be better if you could elaborate on your task flow, so that we can check at our end how to swiftly execute the same and suggest or if any new enhancements need to be made if there are some difficulties in the same.
Thank you once again for your feedback, and do look forward to our upcoming releases !
Federico Badodi commented
I second that strongly, nothing can be found easily, page number bottom right corner just why? Why?