4 Replies Latest reply on Jan 2, 2012 8:05 AM by Dave Merchant

    Ridiculously tiny find previous/find next buttons in Reader

    jmiles1 Level 1

      Not only are the new find buttons far too small to easily target with a mouse pointer:

       

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      ... but the F3 and shift-F3 keyboard shortcuts do absolutely nothing.  (Reader 9.4, Firefox 9.0.1). 

       

      I know it's a bit late to ask Adobe to stop "fixing" thiings in Reader that weren't broken, but this is just insane.  Who though tthis was a good idea?  Do any UX/accessibility specialists work at the company?  Were they asked about this?

        • 1. Re: Ridiculously tiny find previous/find next buttons in Reader
          try67 MVP & Adobe Community Professional

          First of all, this doesn't look like Reader 9. It looks like Reader X...

          Regarding the keyboard shortcuts: the reason they're not working could be because of the fact that you're viewing the file inside the browser, which has its own set of keyboard shortcuts which have precedence over those of the plugins. Have you tried viewing the file in the application itself, instead of in a browser window?

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          • 2. Re: Ridiculously tiny find previous/find next buttons in Reader
            Dave Merchant MVP & Adobe Community Professional

            That's not Adobe's fault - Firefox captures the F3 key for its own search widget, and doesn't pass it through to the plugin. The Reader keystrokes work fine outside of Firefox.

             

            Shortcuts in Reader cannot be changed, but there's a Firefox extension to customize the ones FF listens for.

             

             

            jmiles1 wrote:

             

            ... but the F3 and shift-F3 keyboard shortcuts do absolutely nothing.  (Reader 9.4, Firefox 9.0.1). 

             

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            • 3. Re: Ridiculously tiny find previous/find next buttons in Reader
              jmiles1 Level 1
              First of all, this doesn't look like Reader 9. It looks like Reader X...

               

              That's what I thought, too.  I uninstalled Reader X in an attempt to get the Reader 9 user interface back, but the only version of the Reader 9 plugin that's available at the moment appears to be 9.4.0.195.  Disabling the Reader X extension and installing 9.4.0.195 left the user interface unchanged. 

               

              So, either Firefox is incorrectly reporting that 9.4.0.195 is enabled and 10.1.0.534 is disabled, or Adobe has back-ported the Acrobat X user interface to version 9.  I hope you're right, and this is just a Firefox hiccup of some kind.

              That's not Adobe's fault - Firefox captures the F3 key for its own search widget, and doesn't pass it through to the plugin. The Reader keystrokes work fine outside of Firefox.

               

              Ah, good point.  It's perhaps too easy to ascribe to Adobe what can more properly be blamed on Firefox...

              • 4. Re: Ridiculously tiny find previous/find next buttons in Reader
                Dave Merchant MVP & Adobe Community Professional

                It's definitely the Reader X plugin - there have been no changes to the UI in Reader 9.

                 

                You can't have two versions of Adobe Reader installed at the same time, so when you installed Reader X, it will have completely-removed Reader 9. Uninstalling the Firefox plugins won't bring 9 back, and I strongly discourage anyone on Windows from rolling back to version 9 as you'll lose the sandbox feature.

                 

                jmiles1 wrote:

                 

                First of all, this doesn't look like Reader 9. It looks like Reader X...

                 

                That's what I thought, too.  I uninstalled Reader X in an attempt to get the Reader 9 user interface back, but the only version of the Reader 9 plugin that's available at the moment appears to be 9.4.0.195.  Disabling the Reader X extension and installing 9.4.0.195 left the user interface unchanged. 

                 

                So, either Firefox is incorrectly reporting that 9.4.0.195 is enabled and 10.1.0.534 is disabled, or Adobe has back-ported the Acrobat X user interface to version 9.  I hope you're right, and this is just a Firefox hiccup of some kind.