Recently I wrote a blog entry about bloated software, and how much better Foxit PDF reader was than Adobe Reader. But I was using Adobe Reader 8. Little did I know how much superior version 9 would be.
For starters, version 8 was a 22 MB download. Version 9 is a mere 33 MB â€” a whole major version up, and not even twice as big. The default download includes a 19 MB eBay Desktop program, for all your â€œfaster searching, smarter biddingâ€ needs. So tempting â€¦ but I opted out.
On my cable connection, it took about 5 minutes to download, nicely allowing me enough time to brew a decent cup of coffee while I waited.
But it wasnâ€™t just a simple, ordinary download. First Adobe told me to download a Firefox plugin. I assumed the plugin would help me read PDFs in my browser. But oh no, this was a special plugin, an Adobe Reader Download Manager (TM) â€” a plugin specially designed to help Firefox download Adobeâ€™s powerful PDF viewer.
After the plugin was installed and Firefox restarted, the download began. I couldnâ€™t wait to try Adobeâ€™s MUCH FASTER and SMARTER product.
Download done, I double-clicked the installer. It spent a long time unpacking and validating the installer, which gave me warm fuzzies about Adobeâ€™s good grasp of stability, security, and enterprisey robustness.
I had just slurped down the dregs of my coffee when the installer finished. I was so thankful when it told me I needed to restart my computer, welcoming the extra time to drink coffee, as well as the pure delight I knew Iâ€™d get from starting all my applications again.
I could finally try out this new software. I was impressed. It started in a minuscule 13 seconds, plus the time it took me to skim their poetic and beneficent license agreement.
Ah, the joy of using a new product. Unlike Microsoft products, Adobeâ€™s new, bigger Reader behaves exactly the same as the old one. In fact, itâ€™s so compatible I canâ€™t even tell the difference! Boy, I know good release management when I see it â€¦
Thank you, Adobe, for version 9 of your free PDF Reader. You even thought to put a nice link to Acrobat.com on my Start Menu!