Acrobat pro, I hate you and I think we’re breaking up

I never need Acrobat pro. I use preview on the Mac for my basic PDF reading, it’s lighter, so it’s a no-brainer.

HOWEVER

today I had to review 20 PDFs, and make notes on them and even put some text in them so that I could send them off for review.

After suffering through so many stupid Adobe Updater times, when it brings my machine to a screaching high temp halt, Acrobat pro is broke.

WHAT?

I click a PDF to open in Acrobat and get this…

I’ve done nothing to or in acrobat, ever.

It’s been updated plenty since I installed CS3, about every three weeks it seems, i have to go make a sandwhich while the stupid updater runs.

And after all that suffering, after giving up productive cycles…. I get this…

Weak sauce!!!!

Of course I get it while I’m in San Francisco for the week, so I don’t have my install DVDs..

6 thoughts on “Acrobat pro, I hate you and I think we’re breaking up

  1. Daniel Shaw Post author

    Yeah, PDF is great technology, but Acrobat is such a pain. On Windows it puts hooks in everything. No Adobe, I don’ t want to have Acrobat Pro accessible to me in every application.

    I feel your pain.

  2. John Dowdell Post author

    Sorry for the time-waster. One way to see this alert dialog is if any of the following folders have changed:
    "Adobe Reader and Acrobat require that the /Users/Shared, /Library/Printers, /Library/Application Support, and /Library/Internet Plug-ins folders be present in Mac OS X. If one or more of these folders is missing or permissions are set incorrectly on these folders, then the Adobe Reader or Acrobat installer returns an error."
    http://kb.adobe.com/selfservice/viewContent.do?externalId=321485

    If you check the steps described in the technote, then does the symptom go away?

  3. John Wilker Post author

    @Jd,

    No luck. I did have "everyone" set to read only on three of the folders. Set it to Read & Write. no change.

    All folders were present, too.

    :(

  4. Daniel Shaw

    Yeah, PDF is great technology, but Acrobat is such a pain. On Windows it puts hooks in everything. No Adobe, I don' t want to have Acrobat Pro accessible to me in every application.

    I feel your pain.

  5. John Wilker

    @Jd,

    No luck. I did have "everyone" set to read only on three of the folders. Set it to Read & Write. no change.

    All folders were present, too.

    :(

  6. John Dowdell

    Sorry for the time-waster. One way to see this alert dialog is if any of the following folders have changed:
    "Adobe Reader and Acrobat require that the /Users/Shared, /Library/Printers, /Library/Application Support, and /Library/Internet Plug-ins folders be present in Mac OS X. If one or more of these folders is missing or permissions are set incorrectly on these folders, then the Adobe Reader or Acrobat installer returns an error."
    http://kb.adobe.com/selfservice/viewContent.do?externalId=321485

    If you check the steps described in the technote, then does the symptom go away?

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