I’m not working from a Windows box as much as I used to these days, so maybe I’m a little too blissfully isolated from the sheer volume of crap that most of you put up with from your computer each day.
Tonight, though, I was working from my wife’s PC at home, and I fired up Adobe Reader (The Reader Formerly Known As Acrobat) to look at a PDF. I’ve become accustomed to the annoying popup window in the last few versions that remind you of “important updates”, and I saw this:
What the crap, man?! Since when is Photoshop Album an “Update” to Reader?! And Yahoo Toolbar?! They’ve co-opted the at least (dubiously) useful update program to shill their crap.
Don’t get me wrong. I think Photoshop Album is probably the best photo management program available today. In fact, I already have the full version installed, which makes the update suggestion even more idiotic.
It’s insane to dilute the interface with this sort of garbage. I will now dismiss anything that ever appears in the update list as marketing BS, which means that the update system is now broken because I’ll never use it. Even if it wasn’t, the popup window was a horrible way to notify for updates anyway. Firefox’s subtle icon in the toolbar is a far better way to handle this.
As an app, Reader should be basically invisible. The ultimate goal of the app should be that, whenever I click on a PDF, it starts instantly and immediately displays me that PDF in a manner that’s optimal for onscreen reading, and provides just a few simple tools that I might need. Anything else is serving Adobe, not me, and that makes the app less valuable. The splash screen is lame, and the popup update notice is asinine. Adding other apps to the software update notice is “Pulling a RealPlayer”.