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It's Adobe's pathetic attempt to get new users for their Peer 2 Peer software "Adobe AIR".
Acrobat.com program ties into Adobe Reader to allow Peer2Peer sharing of .pdf documents. (you really need regular Acrobat to share edited documents) but Adobe does give you five (NOTE only 5) usages to create / convert 5 .pdf documents with this CRAP!
You'll notice in XP's Add/Remove programs that you can uninstall both Acrobat.com and Adobe AIR - but ONLY after you reboot.
What really ticks me off about this is that Adobe didn't even give an option NOT to install this CRAP during the install (I would expect something like the Google Toolbar tick)!!!
Since 90% or more of ordinary Reader users don't use or want this kind of crap I think they have way overstepped their bounds by installing adddtional 'sharing software' without the user's knowledge!
Someone at Adobe must have been on their knees over at SONY!
> Since 90% or more of ordinary Reader users don't use or want this
> kind of crap
Thank-you for the summary of your statistical analysis. Please post a
link of your raw data, I'm sure Adobe would appreciate the work you have
done so that their marketing department doesn't have to redo your work.
I believe Adobe does make a version of Reader available on their ftp
site that doesn't include Air and Acrobat.com I think they could do a
better job of making that version easily available to users. However,
some of the expanded feature set of Reader is only available with Air
and Acrobat.com. Reader is Adobe's product and they are free to bundle
it as they wish. You are free not to use it. Adobe bundled Adobe Connect
with their version 8 of Reader. No choice was involved.
Adobe is moving Acrobat and Reader from its roots as electronic paper to
a multi-platform information collaboration tool. There are other
companies that are providing the pure pdf reader technology for people
that do not want the added bloat Adobe's new software contains. The
beauty of the free market place is you get to choose.
Personally, I would love Adobe to provide a small efficient pdf reader.
There are people with older computers that don't have the space to spare
for the behemoth that Reader has become. But I guess that is not the
market that Adobe wishes to court.
>I believe Adobe does make a version of Reader available on their ftp
site that doesn't include Air and Acrobat.com
Correct. A simple and obvious check box you can deselect before downloading anything.
>Since 90% or more of ordinary Reader users don't use or want this kind of crap
60% of statistics are made up on the spot.
> 60% of statistics are made up on the spot.
I wish I said that :-)
Actually Acrobat.com provides quite a bit more than just the AIR platform. With Acrobat.com users of the free Reader will be able to convert file (e.g. word, excel etc) to PDF for free. They will also be able to run on-line collaberation sessions (i.e. meetings) with other users. There's even a web based word processor.
So don't discount it until you've tried it!
On the FTP site (ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/win/9.x/9.0/enu/), I see four files:
AdbeRdr90_en_US.exe 34302 KB
AdbeRdr90_en_US_Std.exe 25772 KB
AdbeRdr90_en_US_StdA.exe 25772 KB
AdbeRdr90_en_US_StdE.exe 25772 KB
Which of these should I download if I don't want the Acrobat.com crap? Obviously it's one of the Std ones, because they are smaller, but what are these "A" and "E" versions?
AdbeRdr90_en_US_Std.exe, AdbeRdr90_en_US_StdA.exe, and AdbeRdr90_en_US_StdE.exe are identical.
Where can I find AdbeRdr90_en_US_StdE.exe 25772 KB for download?
On the posted FTP site.
Or here http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/win/9.x/9.0/enu/AdbeRdr90_en_US_StdE.exe