I've been thinking a lot about software I use that, in the end, just isn't right. Here are my two top candidates for destruction right now:
A. I don't know WHAT is up with printing out of Acrobat, but if your printer is on a network, it can really get wacky with ginormous pauses during print setup that make no sense. I don't really care if there's an explanation: It's just wrong. To be sure, my printing is hooked up via a wireless printserver, but, you know, I just don't care. Maybe it's because it's a biggish PDF (8 MB). But again, I don't care. It doesn't work. Every other program I use prints fine. But not Acrobat. No doubt it is doing some bi-directional communication with the printer, and there's a lot of latency, but, again, it's just broken, bad design, I don't know what. Maybe I can blame the printserver, but I don't think so.
B. Viewing PDF in the browser. Every power user will tell you that on Windows, you never read a PDF in the browser. It is just too likely to hose your browser. Everyone downloads. I have had discussions with people who think it is appropriate to direct the user to just (left) click a link for a PDF, but then you will get the complaints for some poor end-user who follows directions that something is screwed up and the PDF doesn't appear. Well, tell those users to right-click and download the PDF to the desktop, and then open it up with Acrobat.
C. An old one: PDF is just too proprietary. I'm sick of it.
I would guess that Apple's version has been tweaked to play nice with everything. Maybe when I get my new Mac in January my excuse will be: I want PDF display and printing that doesn't stink.
I could go on.
I don't feel better after this rant.comments powered by Disqus