Given that I am, in the end, a professional writer and author, most things I do on a computer have to end up as a camera-ready, font embedded, tightly formatted PDF. So I use Adobe Acrobat too many times a day.
I, per an earlier post, am not thrilled that I have to upgrade to Acrobat 9 for Windows 7 compatibility, especially since Adobe insist that I upgrade to the Professional version because my old copy is Acrobat 6.x Professional. So the other day I downloaded the 30-day trial — and will buy the license as clock winds down.
I have used Acrobat for over ten years, starting with 5.x. I can safely say that, with the possible exception of Outlook, no other piece of computer software, in my 37 years of messing around with computers, has given me as much grief as Acrobat! I know for a fact that Acrobat has taken at least five years of my life — and that was after I had pulled off most of the little hair I had left on my head. Hence, the need for the cheap toupee.
But, I have to be fair. Over the last 4 years Adobe has made GIANT strides. Acrobat 6.x is pretty stable and reliable. Thank you, Adobe. The difference in resilience is amazing. If over a period of six years GM managed to achieve a similar degree of reliability improvements on say the Corvette, you would now have a car that could go for 200,000 miles without ever needing to go anywhere near a mechanic.
So Adobe as done good.
But, quirks remain and given my unhealthy intimacy with Acrobat I always know where to look.
So I download Acrobat Pro 9.x a few days ago … from Adobe. All legit. Now you would THINK that I would get the latest and greatest … or at a minimum the install will AUTOMATICALLY check for updates and install them as part of my initial install and registration.
Because of something I must have remembered, from my traumatic past with Adobe, I just, on a WHIM, before doing anything else, clicked on CHECK FOR UPDATES. This was all of about 15 seconds after my initial download and install. BINGO. Hit the Jack Pot. There was a TON of updates that had to applied! Aahhh!
Now how many others would have realized that with Adobe it is BEST to manually check for updates as soon as you install a new version. Well, remember that. Curse me, if that will help.
Then last night, just after midnight, I remembered another little bit of fandango that I had to regularly perform on Acrobat 6.x … before it became this born-again, reformed piece of relatively stable software.
That was the infamous ‘Detect & Repair.’
I, just wondered, how 9.x did these days … especially since I did not have a CD to feed-in … as was the case with ‘Detect & Repair’ with 6.x.
Well for a start, it is no longer called ‘Detect & Repair.’ Instead it is now ‘REPAIR Acrobat INSTALLATION.’
So i clicked it. The familiar dialog box appeared with the inevitable progress bar … but, much to my relief, it didn’t ask me to install my original Acrobat CD.
But now the FUN started.
It said it was checking installation files or similar.
Said “42 seconds remaining.” That seemed fair. This is a fast rig, even with disk I/O and my CPU utilization, per my desktop gadget, was not even 5%.
Then it said: “2 minutes remaining.”
I was cool. That happens often, as you know. It detects other tasks.
Then it said: “3 minutes remaining.”
Then it said: “4 minutes remaining.”
I was getting slightly miffed. It was now around 12:15 am and I really wanted to go to bed soon.
Then it said: “7 minutes remaining.”
I was not amused.
Then it said “7 minutes remaining” again.
I was blessing Adobe for ALL of the testing they must have done on Windows 7.
Then, WHOOSH, within seconds it was DONE. Everything OK. Dialogue box gone.
It had not taken 7 minutes. It had NOT TAKEN 4 minutes. Maybe 3 minutes in total since it displayed the very first “42 seconds remaining” message.
My point and complaint is very simple. Wasn’t this ever tested?
That is all. Try it. See what you see.