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    I just spent a couple of hours trying out the alternate applications mentioned below - Bluebeam Revu and PDF-Xchange Pro. I've been using Acrobat for as long as I can remember, and I’ve always thought it’s the best tool out there. Since Adobe is the company that developed the pdf format, they MUST be ahead of everyone else, right? Boy, was I wrong!

    Below is a screenshot of the Bluebeam Revu user interface. It’s snapped to half screen, which is how I usually view documents.

    https://postimg.cc/image/fppb5be0z/
    When I saw that UI, I got flashbacks of old versions of Photoshop and Illustrator that I remember using many years ago. I’m talking about the very first CS versions, more than a decade old, that had those free-floating dockable panels that you could place anywhere around the work area. In Revu, everything that’s a button or a toolbar can be hidden, rearranged, or moved some place else. Toolbars can be free-floating or docked anywhere around the document area, i.e. top, bottom, left, right, or inside the pdf area. Each toolbar can be individually customized to show the buttons that you need, and you can create additional custom toolbars. That’s not all - you can store multiple UI configurations in ‘profiles’, so that you can easily switch between the custom configurations with just a few clicks!
    The UI feels ‘tactile’ and responsive. As you move the mouse cursor over the panels, it clearly indicates which button is currently highlighted, while in Acrobat I often click on large empty spaces between buttons and nothing happens.
    Overall the Revu UI looks and feels very professional, and is clearly designed for efficiency. I’ve seen similar UI’s in various Adobe programs over the years, but unfortunately Acrobat is not one of them. It’s a little pathetic to be honest. I don’t want this to sound like an ad for another software. I’m a long-time Acrobat user, and this is my honest reaction to discovering the ‘possibilities’ out there, and I hope it will give the Acrobat team something to think about.

    Here is a screenshot of the PDF-Xchange which has a standard ribbon-style UI.

    https://postimg.cc/image/qiwb71jwz/
    The toolbars cannot be undocked like in Bluebeam, but they are completely customizable just like the M$ Office ribbon, and so is the navigation bar on the bottom. It’s still a big improvement over the Acrobat DC user interface.

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