Well, Adobe "swallowed the Java juice" some time ago, which makes their products considerably slower than other rendering tools which also accept the PDF format. But I have also observed that Reader is quite susceptible to slowdowns caused by the "anti-virus" software that so many shops are so fond of. If your shop has the usual paranoid "scan everything that moves" settings, Adobe operations (including installs) can be made dozens of times slower than they otherwise should be.
Adobe's biggest fault in my mind is that they "swallowed the digital rights management juice" too. The result is a seriously hobbled horse. I imagine that there are so many paths through their software these days that reliability testing is all but impossible. We have pulled back from a very promising application for PDF forms on an internal web-site, not because Adobe Reader couldn't do the job, but because its various DRM features cause it to intermittently choose not to. We can't deploy an application solution to hundreds of sites without 100% reliability ... and Acrobat effectively chooses not to deliver what we need because its DRM features are not perfectly reliable. So, back to HTML forms we go, probably never to return.
I manage the print dept. for a successful printing company in the Pacific NW. We use both Adobe and Corel for our graphics. We are in the process of converting entirely over to Corel and dumping Adobe products all together. Our customers are converting there files to usable formats for us and some are now even sending files to us in Corel. Adobe will self destruct eventually. They think they are invinsible but my business sees otherwise. Keep searching out the new, small footpriint, fast and clean software. There's some nice stuff out there now. Here's to the end of BLOATWARE!
I manage the print dept. for a successful printing company in the Pacific NW.
If you want to continue to be successful, you won't want to start dictating what your customers use.
I could potentially be one of those customers (from the PacNW myself) and as soon as you told me that I had to use Corel (or any other application not of my choice), I'd be off to another succesful printing company giving them my 100K+ per year printing budget.
I agree, it may be bloatware on your end but it is perfectly fine on my end (as a producer).