what's with adobe acrobat reader - 27 mb? for a reader?

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by west.fairview, Nov 19, 2005.

  1. hi,
    tried to download the latest acrobat reader and it is a whopping
    27mb!!!
    the last version i think was only 5-6 mb?
    it is just a reader!!! the file size is bigger than my CAD software
    download...
    gee...i just upgraded my hd to 120 gb/512 mb ram... thought that it
    would be
    enough for my softwares and here comes the next versions of softwares
    and
    it is going to eat up all my space and memory...
    you just can't keep up with the requirements anymore!!!
     
    west.fairview, Nov 19, 2005
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    Glen Guest

    Ridiculous isn't it? Absolute Bloatware.
     
    Glen, Nov 19, 2005
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    Doug Warner Guest

    I went back to version 5 at work, There are several issues I can't
    stand with 6 plus:

    1. The search frame takes up too much screen real-estate on small
    monitors. The document is unreadable with search open.

    2. Search always starts from the beginning, Older versions would let
    you search from the current page.

    3. In version 6, if you have PDF's open in web browser windows, and a
    local PDF open in the reader, you can't close the reader window
    without also closing all the browser ones as well. This leaves the
    taskbar cluttered with an addtional program entry. In V5, you could
    close the stand alone reader while keeping the browser documents,.
     
    Doug Warner, Nov 19, 2005
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  4. Easy, they split their application up into heaps of smaller parts. Each
    of these parts probably includes 200-300k of standard code, duplicated
    for every part.

    Cheers,
    Nicholas Sherlock
     
    Nicholas Sherlock, Nov 20, 2005
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    Lorem Ipsum Guest

    What sense does that make?
     
    Lorem Ipsum, Nov 20, 2005
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    Glen Guest

    I don't think that's accurate, or has anything to do with Acrobat's
    bloat. It has more to do with Abobe (in usual fashion) getting their
    foot in the door with a proprietary standard, and trying to pry it
    open a bit further with each successive version of Acrobat.

    Don't forget the roots of Acrobat. It was foisted upon us by a
    tiny group of diehard unix and Apple propeller heads who needed
    platform transparency to communicate with the 90+% of the world
    who use Windows. If it weren't for these boobs Acrobat would
    have long since died the death it deserves.
     
    Glen, Nov 20, 2005
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    Lorem Ipsum Guest

    But what do they have to gain with bloated code?
    That's just silly.
     
    Lorem Ipsum, Nov 20, 2005
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  8. It allows the application to be easily extended by adding more modules.

    Cheers,
    Nicholas Sherlock
     
    Nicholas Sherlock, Nov 20, 2005
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    Lorem Ipsum Guest

    In "my day" we didn't repeat the code. Called routines shared memory and
    pspace.
     
    Lorem Ipsum, Nov 20, 2005
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  10. Duplicated code was only my conjecture, I don't know if Adobe really
    shares code or not. Shared code has one disadvantage, it makes your
    modules have complex dependencies on other modules. With the trend
    towards increasing hard drive space and bandwidth, Adobe may have
    decided that the increased file size was worth avoiding dependency hell.

    Cheers,
    Nicholas Sherlock
     
    Nicholas Sherlock, Nov 20, 2005
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  11. Sorta like Windows.
     
    rumpledickskin, Nov 22, 2005
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    john Guest


    Well at least they have given up the idea of charging for the reader.
    They tried that originally. Hate to think what 27 MB might cost if
    they had kept that business model except they would not be producting
    Acrobat by now.

    John
     
    john, Nov 22, 2005
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