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    Adobe doesn't need to reinvent the wheel. They've created fully customizable interfaces for Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign and other CC programs. Please build us Acrobat Pro CC 2019 with a similar UI and kill DC once and for all. Or watch all your customers switch to Bluebeam.

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    I also believe that DC is a UI disaster, so I’ve tried most of the Acrobat Pro alternatives mentioned in this forum in the hope of upgrading from XI. Unfortunately, there are a number of proprietary Acrobat features that none of them seem to support, forcing me to stick with XI for now. For instance, none of them support initial view preferences like the “Two-Up (Cover Page)” layout and “Fit Page” magnification. I also like to option-double-click on a graphic to open it in Photoshop or Illustrator, and to view comments as a list on the right side of the window. Acrobat DC has been in the wild since April 2015 and it hasn’t been improved one bit. So Adobe, please tell us your future plans for Acrobat so we can strategize accordingly.

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    Sandy Campbell commented  · 

    How will it help for Adobe's Acrobat team to tell users what their "logic" was for creating the DC user interface? It was terrible in 2015 and it is still terrible in 2018. It would be more helpful to know whether or not they've been working on a new, improved version of Acrobat all this time and when we can expect it to be released if they were.

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    I've installed DC three times, each time thinking that maybe I was being too harsh in my assessment. But each time I reinstalled XI. This is not because I love XI, but because I find DC completely unusable. As far as I can tell, it does nothing that XI can't do better and easier, except maybe touch support. I have DC on my iPhone because I have no choice, and I never use it for more than viewing a PDF (and it doesn't show spreads). For years I had hoped that Adobe would come out with an Acrobat CC. Acrobat was always the ugly duckling of the Acrobat family, and it would have been so easy to make it better. The Creative Cloud apps, especially InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator, are fully customizable and fairly uniform in how they look and perform. But then DC came out in 2015, and it hasn't improved one bit in three years. No designers and clients that I work with will touch it. My clients make heavy use of commenting on PDFs made from InDesign documents. XI isn't perfect - the post-it notes are often misaligned and long blocks of replacement text cause the screen to blink - but DC is far worse. There is often NO way in DC of knowing exactly what a comment is referring to. I can't risk upsetting my clients just to make Adobe happy. Acrobat DC is still polluting my Creative Cloud menu bar app. It is in constant need of "updating" even though it is not even installed. I would get rid of it if I could, but like all things DC, that is impossible.

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    I find the user interface of Acrobat Pro DC to be intrusive and inefficient, especially the home screen which takes over the screen. I've installed DC three times since it came out, and each time I've deleted it within an hour because using it is so painful. One feature I use a lot is commenting, and commenting in DC is almost unusable. Perhaps if choosing the old interface were an option, then I might be able to upgrade. Until then, nope.

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    I've installed DC three times, each time thinking that maybe I was being too harsh in my assessment. But each time I reinstalled XI. This is not because I love XI, but because I find DC completely unusable. As far as I can tell, it does nothing that XI can't do better and easier, except maybe touch support. I have DC on my iPhone because I have no choice, and I never use it for more than viewing a PDF (and it doesn't show spreads). For years I had hoped that Adobe would come out with an Acrobat CC. Acrobat was always the ugly duckling of the Acrobat family, and it would have been so easy to make it better. The Creative Cloud apps, especially InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator, are fully customizable and fairly uniform in how they look and perform. But then DC came out in 2015, and it hasn't improved one bit in three years. No designers and clients that I work with will touch it. My clients make heavy use of commenting on PDFs made from InDesign documents. XI isn't perfect - the post-it notes are often misaligned and long blocks of replacement text cause the screen to blink - but DC is far worse. There is often NO way in DC of knowing exactly what a comment is referring to. I can't risk upsetting my clients just to make Adobe happy. Acrobat DC is still polluting my Creative Cloud menu bar app. It is in constant need of "updating" even though it is not even installed. I would get rid of it if I could, but like all things DC, that is impossible.

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