Adobe Acrobat Reader DC Reviews

The absolute worst

Negative Review by Anamon
about Adobe Acrobat Reader DC 4 days ago

Almost definitely the worst PDF reader out there, which is pretty ironic, given that it's the one from the maintainer of the format. Adobe Reader is really one of the prime examples why a site like alternativeTo is great to have.

Functionality in the read-only free version is severely limited. It doesn't include even the most basic reorganising or editing functions that you can find in the simplest command-line scripts or web-based tools. Filling out forms or signing documents is about as far as it goes.

It is incredibly slow. Compare opening a large document in Adobe Reader to alternatives such as Nitro Reader or Foxit Reader – it commonly takes several times as long to just get the document to display. But that is where the problems only just about begin. Ever tried scrolling through a larger document with pictures in Adobe Reader? Forget about it! Give your mouse scroll wheel a slight spin, and spend the next 10 seconds watching the document slowly inching its way down – without the possibility of stopping the scrolling if you overshoot your target, i.e. by scrolling the wheel back. You'll have to wait until Adobe has recovered, and then can have another shot at aiming for the spot you wanted to scroll to. Even the JavaScript-based PDF renderers of modern browsers are blazingly fast in comparison. It baffles my mind how someone can write code so poor, that scrolling through a simple document completely overwhelms a quadcore, 64-bit machine with 32 GBs of RAM. It takes some guts to release a piece of software in this condition into the wild. (And before you ask, this is not a problem with my system. I've tried using Adobe Reader on a variety of machines, from laptops to high-end workstations, across several versions of Windows and Mac OS, and it's the same everywhere).

Then comes the cherry on top, the fact that Adobe doesn't manage to produce a reader that is compatible with the document format they developed and maintain in-house. Forms and layouts get messed up, fonts are not properly rendered, and if you're lucky to find a combination of document and Reader version that displays your document properly on screen, chances are it won't print that way.

Adobe's PDF printing has turned into a running gag among students during my studies. We've had it all, from ROT-1 printing (each letter on a document was rotated by one, if the document said "chapter 15" the resulting printout would say "dibqufs 26"), to mix-ups in the order of pages, intermittent blank pages, to corrupted images (images are especially fun, because the results will range from completely messed up, to blocky and full of aliasing effects, to seemingly right but with terrible contrast or hue shifts.) Again, all of this persists across platforms, printers, printer drivers etc. and are clearly Adobe problems, not specific to a particular configuration.

And then there are other, persistent bugs. Such as the one that makes Adobe Reader freeze for about a minute every time you open it, in case the list of recently opened documents contains an entry located on a now-disconnected network drive.

For most bugs, the pattern is always the same: google them, find that the issue has been reported numerous times over many years, sometimes even acknowledged by Adobe – but never fixed. I'm not sure anybody is even working on fixing this thing anymore, because some of the most severe issues have been reported for around 10 years, and are still in the most current versions.

And also every time, the solution is the same: use any of the most popular third-party readers (my current favourite is Foxit), and all your stability, rendering and printing issues are gone. Perfectly nice printouts of documents that Adobe just can't handle. Pfft.

Avoid at all cost.


A brief guide on how to transfer PDF files to Adobe Reader

Review by Willa
about Adobe Acrobat Reader DC and i-FunBox May 2012

Adobe® Reader® is the free, trusted leader for reliably viewing and interacting with PDF documents across platforms and devices. Download the free Adobe Reader X mobile app to work with PDF files on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Easily access, manage, and share a wide variety of PDF file types, including PDF Portfolios, password-protected documents, fillable forms, and Adobe LiveCycle® rights-managed PDF files.

Lots of users wonder how to transfer PDF files to Adobe Reader, that’s quite simple with the help of i-FunBox. Following is a brief tutorial:
•Open i-FunBox

•Choose “Documents” under “Adobe Reader”

•Then copy or drag your PDF file to i-FunBox

•Now take a look at your iPhone/iPad, and open your Adobe Reader documents, then you’ll find your PDF file there

I intended to post some pictures here, but failed. I don't know how to do this ~~
If you guys have some more ideas on playing iPhone with ifunbox, please give me some advice.
Thank you so much!!