Friday, October 7, 2011

You (will always) have an update available

Why is it that no matter how many times I agree to install the latest Adobe update, the next time I start my computer, I've got another update available?

Does Adobe make an update every hour to their software?  All it seems to do is read PDFs.  How hard can that be?  Why do I have to install something new every day?

If there were another way to read PDFs and get rid of this Adobe Reader, I'd do it.

From Innovation Bootcamp

1 comment:

  1. Will,

    I don’t know if you’re still busy hating Adobe, but I cut the cord on Acrobat a few years ago, and switched to Foxit Reader. It’s small (~3mb), lightweight, and FAST. Once installed, you can disable Adobe’s “quickstart” applet (aka, let us eat 100MB of RAM while by preloading our app in case you read a PDF) in your startup routine, and stop updating their silliness. Leave Acrobat on your machine, should you ever encounter an incompatibility in a doc (PDF is an open standard, believe it or not, just headed by Adobe), but I doubt you will.

    Or just switch to a Mac, since their entire rendering system is based upon PostScript (Adobe's foundation language for PDF), but that's a bridge too far for most folks.


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