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Only Adobe can explain the "why", but here you are addressing just fellow users, not Adobe...
Since Adobe to my knowledge does not provide responsive support for this free product, where would you suggest I ask? Many companies monitor their user forums...
If you want to be sure you address Adobe, you could try filling in a
feature request form, or a bug report form. Neither will result in any
interaction or reply, however.
So I guess my intent here is to gauge if anyone has gotten any reaction from Adobe on this. There seem to be a lot of people complaining about it from what I see in search results. Does anyone have any idea what Adobe is thinking?
> There seem to be a lot of people complaining about it from what I see in search results.
I may be wrong, but I don't remember anyone before who complained that
the preferences change wasn't good enough for them. That doesn't mean
they were happy of course.
Several people in the Acrobat forum have complained about this "feature" and the lack of a proper solution. (Some threads you include comments by you! :-)
In one thread, Simon ATS responded. I take all "ATS" users to be Adobe Tech. Support. Here's what he said:
"right looked into this a bit more.
The content preparation message indicates Acrobat has detected assistive technology on the machine, like a screen reader or indeed speech recognition software. Acrobat/reader is preparing the document for this, rightly or wrongly.
Unfortunately you can't disable it via an Acrobat preference setting, but you can decrease the frequency. Edit>preferences:reading:Screen Reader options:Only read the currently visible pages.
You can disable the plugin responsible for this however,
Go to C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 8.0\Acrobat\plug_ins
and rename either accessibility.api or readoutloud.api to accessibility.old or readoutloud.old resp.
Obviously this means you lose the other accessibility/read out loud features, but will prevent the content preparation message."
So, djs, that seems to be the official word from Adobe at this time. I agree that it needs to be reported as a bug or requested feature.
The link to Simon's info is here: Keith S, "How do I disable accessibility features???" #1, 21 Feb 2008 5:34 pm.
To report bugs, go to http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/mmform/index.cfm?name=wishform.
Presumably Adobe understands that this equates to approximately 100% of modern Windows PCs, since Windows XP and Vista both include accessibility features by default and Reader doesn't care one bit whether you have any of them activated or not.
Perhaps we just need to start a petition so we can collect 10,000 signatures for them to ignore because they didn't want to wait for the accessibility feature to scan the entire document to view it.
Hi djs. I don't know if the problem I have is what you're talking about or not, so I figured I'd ask you. When I download something by using a pdf file, and then try to access it, it's written in a language totally foreign to me. I'm told this is called Machine Code (language). In other words, the file is not able to be read, well, by me at least. I don't understand this language. Is this the problem that you are talking about?
Dianne, no, I can't say it is... Or was that some kind of joke?
Thanks for the tip on the .api file. I run the deployment for a mid-sized office, and tacking "mv ReadOutLoud.api ReadOutLoud.api.disabled" to the end of my install.bat script for Acrobat Reader is quite feasible.
I've read elsewhere that instead of renaming, the plugin files can be moved to the Optional directory. That's how I disable automatic updates.
I'm sure that will work great until the user installs an update.
I have a hunch that there may actually be something in Windows that I can tweak to get it to not think there is an 'assistive technology' installed. It'd be nice if someone could actually tell us what it's looking for, so I don't need to start reverse engineering reader...
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What a pain - seems like me using SnagIt to copy a portion of a page triggered this on my machine. Plus, it's degraded the quality of the fonts on the documents. I wish Adobe would give us a simple check box to turn this Accessibility feature on or off.
I believe I triggered it by enabling text-to-speech at one point in Vista... I don't know why, but it's gone away for a while. Maybe Adobe did an update, or maybe I did something. I've tried my best not to think about it during these transient happy times...
Another annoyance I also agree needs to be secondary and not primary to the application.
I think I have found the "preparation for reading" today, which I have hated for a long time. Go to Edit->Preferences->Page Display, and in the "Rendering" box, change "Smooth Text:" from "For Monitor" to "None."
I started getting this after inadvertently enabling Speech Recognition (SR from now on) while trying to enable and test the microphone integrated in my notebook. I'm (ashamedly) using Vista on the notebook, so here is what to do in Vista. XP may be slightly different. Go to Control Panel>Speech Recognition Options>Advanced Speech Options and in the User Settings section uncheck both boxes (Run...at startup & Allow computer....) You also need to shut down SR if it is currently running. Then, if Acrobat was running while you did all this, stop it and restart it and you should not get the problem unless you re-start SR. When SR is running (even if "sleeping") you will get the "Preparing documents for reading.....". It somewhat makes sense because SR allows you to make selections, edits, etc. in documents and so needs to "learn" the documents. It would be sweet if MS would provide a level of settings so that you could enable or disable SR for selected applications or environments, but we know how that goes.