Random Annoyances: Adobe Software

Friday 11 May 2012 @ 2:48 pm

What is it with Adobe that compels it to produce such rubbish software that’s always needlessly bloated? And why does Adobe think it’s some big shot company that deems it necessary to dump its shortcuts on the start menu without first creating a program group?

I’ve always hated Adobe for doing this; there are very, very few products that are actually useful enough to deserve a place on the start menu and Acrobat in any form sure as hell isn’t one of them. Even worse, whenever you install any of Adobe’s sub-optimal products, which is all of them, the ubiquitous Adobe ARM Manager is also installed that adds itself to your startup registry to check for updates.

Fortunately, this piece of crap is easily removed by editing the registry at [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run] and also deleting the entire contents of the C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\ARM\1.0\ directory. For good measure, you might also want to switch off auto updates in any Adobe app to chop off its interfering bloaty fingers from meddling with your install.

The nonsense doesn’t stop just there though, take a look at the latest Adobe Reader X download, it’s over 50MB just for a PDF reader FFS! And when you do eventually download this grossly over engineered bloatware, don’t expect any seamless integration with your non-Chrome (which has built-in PDF support) browser. Opening any kind of PDF from a Web link frequently locks up the session meaning you have to kill the whole browser whilst if it does manage to struggle on, the download speeds are nearly always much slower than if you just downloaded the PDF offline in the first place.

As for Flash (is crap), I’ve grumbled over this plenty in the blog so let’s just say that it took Adobe far too long to wake up and admit that their own product has no future but that still didn’t stop them from coming up with their own sub-optimal (of course) HTML5 replacement.

So there you have it; Adobe, an arrogant useless software company full of itself, experts at writing sub-optimal software and who, all things considered, would do everyone a favour if they’d just sod off and die.