This is the worst thing to happen to acrobat, in my opinion.
The clutter that it creates on my computer and the fact that i cant even see the document title when I have a bunch of them open (because the task bar is too full) is unacceptable.
I never would have changed from Acrobat 8 if I had known, and now I cant switch back (company license).
The latest thing i can find about addressing it is here:
which was in november 2008....
why hasnt any thing else been done about it? I just spent 45 minutes being sent to different departments over the phone, only to be told to submit a feature request.
Please do this if you havent already:
Please count my vote as well - LET US HAVE A CHOICE - allow for both.
An Acrobat user since ver 4.
I use ver 9 for for new functionality, but I still keep ver 7 on one machine as assembly of multi-page, multi-source documents is more efficient for me when done within a single application window.
I just finally changed AR 8 to 9.1. And now I feel rather frustrated, finding myself in this thread after 20 minutes of search for the most obvious Adobe setting - to being able to read and keep open multiple documents, while avoiding screen mess!
Right now the message from Adobe to me is - bury any pdf as deep as you can and open or read pdf only when it really is important and you can't live without it anymore.
But I see now, that this thread is over 1 year old and indeed, it's difficult to believe, that Adobe Reader single window option still isn't available in version 9.1? If it still isn't in 9.1, what you folk have done, switched to some other competitive pdf reader?
Absolutely!!! please re-enable MDI in Acrobat 9 -- I read the article explaining the reasons for doing this ( http://blogs.adobe.com/acrobat/2008/09/mdi_vs_sdi_in_acrobat.html ) but I am sure Adobe can manage to overcome -- who cares about compatibility with the Mac anyway ???? I work with both Mac and PC and do most of the Acrobat work in the PC.
Please please PLEASE re-consider and bring back MDI in the next update!!!! it is essential for imposing documents with Qi and also for applying batch commands over many files.
Why on earth would you take this feature out. Nothing more annoying than a million PDF windows
opening up all over your screens. Especially for me as I use multiple screens they pop up everywhere!
"In Acrobat 9, we dropped support for MDI."
Not a good idea!
Now, please let us have it back.
You have to realize that you break peoples work flow with this ill-thought-through change.
"Feature Parity with Macintosh was desired" -- Not a valid argument from a windows-user point-of-view
"Making SDI default, but still providing MDI in version 8 was done to start the deprecation of MDI." -- That trick didn't work, re-enabling MDI was the first setting I changed in Acrobat 8 (and actually Acrobat 8 broke so many other things, I quickly reverted to Acrobat 7).
"Microsoft advised that to work as good as possible on Vista, applications should avoid MDI." -- Microsoft is not the user, we are! Besides, many W7 users reset their desktop to classical.
"This increases the cost of testing the product and the cost of fixing bugs." -- So it's easier on Adobe, but bad for us... is that an argument at all?
"in a world where larger screen resolutions, multiple monitors and the need to see multiple documents at one time has increased, SDI mode offered higher benefits." -- As someone else already mentioned, on a multi-monitor system SDI is flawed.
So... now that you consider reverting to MDI, please also introduce tabs, that's the only thing MDI applications typically lack, though things are improving.
EDIT: People been asking for this since 2008! Come on, already...
We automate some Acrobat processes using the jsobj and adi. All of a sudden I have 50 open acrobat windows (It won't open more than 50...though it's trying really hard)?!?!? PLEASE bring back the single window optoin!!!!
For clarification, the user interface in Acrobat X retains the Acrobat 9 SDI structure. Many of the arguments outlined in the original Acrobat Blog post still stand.
As the new Tools Pane and Quick Tools bars are fixed within the application window, explicit support for multiple-monitor desktops (for example in terms of undocking tools and moving them to a second screen as might be done in Creative Suite apps) is not relevant - SDI windows can of course be positioned wherever a user wishes, and the new UI helps to maximize the screen real estate available to the document pages.
It's important to bear in mind that many of the Tools Pane panels contain processes rather than actions - for example the process of replying to comments or sharing a file using SendNow. In an MDI world, managing the state of these "half-finished" processes when the user tabs to a different document is a lot more complex than it seems. MDI software tends to get round that by putting all their interactive workflows into modal dialog boxes, so until you've completed the task you're locked out of the main window, hence can't change the document under focus. Acrobat and Reader of course use dialogs for some multi-step and system processes, but retaining SDI means every document can have an independent set of panes, panels and dialogs, for example one document in Forms Editing mode and another in comment review mode, so a user can read what changes her peers have requested and implement them in a side-by-side desktop layout. It's this concentration on multi-instance SDI that led Microsoft to bring in the window "snap" feature in Windows 7.
"the user interface in Acrobat X retains the Acrobat 9 SDI structure"
which is why I will not upgrade to Acrobate X, thank you.
I had to put together a single document from 35 single page pdfs, that were all supposed to be in the same page format, but had to be checked, of course. I opened the first of these pdfs, checked it and it was fine. Now I wanted to add the other 34 pages from the 34 pdfs, so I opened them one by one, checked the page format, and then clicked to see the page icon so I could drag this over to the first document and have the page inserted there.
Here SDI came in my way. Everytime I opened one of the new pdfs, the window opened on top of the window with the document that I wanted to drag the page to. So, first I had to move the window, only then did I have room to grab the page icon and drag it to the first document.
So, the workflow was this:
1. Open new pdf
2. Check page format,if ok
3. Drag window away from the base document window
4. Click to see the page icon
5. Drag the page icon over to the base document.
In an MDI setting, I would simply have tiled the windows with the base document on one side and the newly opened doc on the other and dragged stuff over.
I am seriously looking for something other than Acrobat to fulfill my needs.I still have not found one that has all the features I need, but I keep looking...
In that workflow I wouldn't advise opening each single-page file in Acrobat before combining them - you can look at the PDFs and their metadata information using Adobe Bridge etc. or use the preview panel in Windows Explorer, select the ones you want, and use Combine Supported Files from the context menu.
Adobe, Please bring back MDI. It's ridiculous not to...who is the customer, the individual user or Microsoft? It's frustrating to have several windows open. With the technology available today, there has to be a way to make this work. If there's somethign in the work's, we'd like to see it sooner than later...No more excuses...let's see some results. Talk is cheap...
I think it is a financial issue for Adobe!
They don't want to pay some pennies for an eventual support or bugs that may raise with MDI !
If this is crippling for Adobe in its royal size, how do the developers of the free soft?
Well of course I can use other apps for this.
Maybe I'll start using Foxit instead, thanks for the hint...
Bottom line is, MDI is flawed and it breaks the work-flows of many, *many* people,just look into this thread.
PS I have no idea what Adobe Bridge is, doesn't seem to have been installer with my Acrobat 9 Pro Extended. Furthermore, the win explorer preview panel shows no useful info. I need to check each document that it has the correct page size, fonts, layout etc. "Combined Supported Files" from what context menu? Is that a Mac thing? I'm on W7x64pro... From my view-point, all your suggestions failed, and MDI would have solved the problem quite nicely.
Now, on to another Acrobat stupidity... "You must restart the system before using Acrobat. Click Restart Now to restart automatically". Stop this madness!
PS I have no idea what Adobe Bridge is, doesn't seem to have been installer with my Acrobat 9 Pro Extended.
Adobe Bridge is the file browser and management utility installed with Creative Suite. It's not part of the Acrobat installation, but as many Acrobat users have purchased it as part of a CS bundle, they will have Bridge installed by default.
"Combined Supported Files" from what context menu? Is that a Mac thing? I'm on W7x64pro...
Select a bunch of files (not just PDFs - anything that Acrobat can read) in Windows Explorer and right-click.
"Select a bunch of files (not just PDFs - anything that Acrobat can read) in Windows Explorer and right-click."
Nope, nothing like "Combine Supported Files" there.
There's nothing at all related to Acrobat in my Explorer right-click context menu.
But this is all beside the point.
The point is that MDI is flawed, broken, ill-behaved, not working correctly, breaking well-established workflows, etc...
And all those Acrobat window icons clog the task bar...
After finding out AcrobatX will not support a proper tab browsing interface my question is why isn't there a "container app" shipped with adobe/acrobat that keeps track of all documents? At the moment I'am using Acrobat together with Firefox... but it’s a pain to drop 20 and more documents at once into FF just to have nice tabs and not a messy taskbar... and even worse: Many functions are not available through the browser plugin so the user is still forced to open certain PDFs in Acrobat again. Why is usability neglected concerning such an important point? If my other apps were oriented like this DjvuReader, FF, Matlab, notepad I would waste half my time during a normal working day with switching while not knowing which window keeps which content...
It would be nice to have such a container!
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