Adobe Acrobat X Professional
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118 of 119 found the following review helpful:
Good product, but not good enough to justify price May 27, 2011
Before I begin, I should say that I'm reviewing this from an individual user's perspective. Large businesses and other organizations would find the product more useful, but I figure they're unlikely to buy the software from Amazon.
The main issue for potential Amazon buyers shouldn't be whether it's a useful product--it is. Rather, is it useful enough to justify its high price? For most users, I think it isn't. Instead, I recommend looking at some other products whose *combined* price is a fraction of Acrobat X Professional.
Here are the PDF features I use most and that I think are most relevant to individual users.
PRINTING TO PDF. If this is all you want from a PDF software, then Acrobat is waaaay overkill. The free version of Cute PDF is all you need.
SCANNING TO PDF. Many scanners come with software that allows you to save as a PDF, so look into that first. Otherwise, check out Cute PDF Professional and Foxit Phantom PDF Suite.
SEARCHING PDF. The free Acrobat Reader has a nice search function.
EDITING TEXT IN PDF. I recommend Corel PDF Fusion because of its great function that allows you to import a PDF directly into Word and edit it there.
COMBINING DOCUMENTS, DELETING/INSERTING PAGES, ETC. There are many PDF software programs that do this. Cute PDF Professional allows you to insert blank pages into a PDF, something Acrobat still doesn't let you do even though it's a basic feature that many people would like. CORRECTION: Apologies for missing the feature the first time. Acrobat does allow you to insert a blank page. In the Pages section of the Tools sidebar, go to "More Insert Options".
I've mentioned a few PDF programs so far (PDF Fusion, Cute PDF Professional, Foxit Phantom PDF Suite), but there are some that I haven't tried that may be worth investigating:
--PDF Suite Pro
You may have noticed that I didn't mention Nuance PDF Converter. Until Nuance fixes its problem of making you re-activate if you insert an external hard drive, I can't recommend it.
Even if you have to buy more than one of these products to get all the features you want, the combined price is still less than Acrobat, and you'll get some additional features that Acrobat doesn't have.
Now, who *should* buy Acrobat? First, people who need good optical character recognition (OCR). There's no better software for this. Second, people who want to create PDF forms. Again, no better software.
Bottom line, Acrobat offers almost all the features you get in other programs, all in one package. But that's one very expensive package, and for the price, you could get multiple other PDF programs and have money left over.
Before buying, I highly recommend downloading the free 30 day trial of not just Acrobat but also the other software programs I've mentioned.
Full disclosure: I received a free test copy of Acrobat X Professional but was not compensated for this review. You can get a free 30-day test copy too at the Adobe website.
21 of 21 found the following review helpful:
Ugly user interface mars this new edition May 24, 2011
I have been a fan of Adobe Acrobat from day one. I do a great deal of work in the print-on-demand field, and PDFs are the defacto-standard, and require specialized formatting. I was excited that version 10 was out, and was looking forward to a lot of new features and a better program all around, but I was disappointed.
The user interface is completely changed from v.9, and it actually looks like it belongs to a "lite" version, rather than the flagship v.10 this has been touted to be. It took me a while to find my way to my favorite tools, and even though I've used it a while now, I don't like the configuration, and am going back to v.9. (Adobe has provided user tutorials to help you learn the newly revamped interface. Really? Why do I want to spend time learning a new interface to a program I've already used for years?)
If you're upgrading from a really old version of Acrobat, then the features here will seem heavenly. But if you're already using v.9, I would suggest sticking with it until we see what Adobe has planned for v.11. I'm hoping they'll take user comments to heart, and return us to the user interface we can all use in our sleep, and not make us re-learn how to do things we already know how to do.
36 of 40 found the following review helpful:
Acrobat X is inferior compared to Acrobat Pro 9. Feb 03, 2011
I was hoping that Acrobat X would be faster with less glitches than Acrobat Pro 9. However, it is actually worse! The tools are so disorganized. In Acrobat Pro 9, you can customize the tool box in an intuitive fashion, but in version X, it is so convoluted and I couldn't figure out how to make it the way I wanted. Also the Typewriter now pops up with its own window that you cannot integrate into the tool bar. What the heck? And the interface is just ugly. What were the designers thinking???
Don't waste your money on this, and stick to the Acrobat Pro 9.
11 of 12 found the following review helpful:
Adobe Acrobat problems Apr 15, 2012
By Sean Sampson
I first purchased Adobe Acrobat 7 for our business office and it seemed to work OK as I learned the program. We had hoped to convert all our office documents to PDF for daily use as well as saving all past documents and records for archival purposes.
Acrobat 8 - persistent crashes
Shortly after the version 7 purchase, we upgraded to Acrobat 8. Immediately on using Acrobat 8, I encountered repeatable program crashes on using some fairly simple features of the program. For example, whenever I used a split screen so I could add bookmarks (for a table of contents) to a document, closing the split screen would cause Acrobat 8 to crash every time. This was true on several different PCs running XP, Vista, and Windows 7 (all 32 bit). I reported these to Adobe, but their numerous patches did not fix these crashes. We then stopped using Acrobat 8 except for making PDFs to communicate some documents to other businesses. We decided not archive our business records in PDF until a better version of Acrobat might appear.
Acrobat 9 - frequent total freezing of the PC
For Acrobat 9, I bought only one copy for my office to test it first. The split-screen crash appeared resolved, but Acrobat 9 would freeze the computer at apparently random times. The freezes occurred sometimes when opening a single page PDF, several page PDF, or large PDFs of several hundred pages. The freeze could also occur when navigating from page to page within a PDF or performing redaction. The freezes would prevent any other activity on the computer - even opening Windows Task Manager with CTRL-ALT-DEL. The PC would stay frozen for anywhere from 5 minutes to 30 minutes, and occasionally indefinitely. After just observing the PC quite a few times to see what would happen, I began to force hard reboots, as the waste of time was unbearable and I wanted to get myself or our secretary back to work. This would happen about half a dozen times each day. Yes, we did the Adobe patches, and no, the patches didn't help.
My wife works at a university. Her PC also freezes running Acrobat 9 during routine opening and simple navigating with PDFs. She states that all her colleagues have the same problem, have to force hard reboots to resume work, and are quite displeased with Acrobat 9 for this reason.
I did a trial of Acrobat 10, as I resolved not to give Adobe any more of our business' money until the program worked reasonably well. I strongly disliked the interface. If an interface update organizes the features more logically or saves keystrokes navigating to what features you want to use, fine. This interface update does not accomplish either. Program features are hidden, and when you call on them to appear, they take up more space than in previous versions of Acrobat. As far as the PC freezes which started for me with version 9, I had several similar freezes with Acrobat 10 and therefore completely abandoned using Acrobat.
As a disclaimer regarding interface changes, I did not like Microsoft's Office 2007 interface update much either. All that MS accomplished was organizing the features differently. I did not find it more logical (a judgment). Also, it certainly did not save keystrokes in navigating or using features of Office 2007. There certainly were good improvements in other areas of Office 2007, but the user interface changes were a tossup. After learning the new interface, the endless hype about it from MS seemed like a lot of hot air for naught. After teaching Office users for years that menus have names, MS was perplexed that users did not "get" the no-name button idea, and had to backpedal with "the button" in Office 2010.
It's great that a company pays attention to software problems and issues updates. But multiple updates for security and stability problems, some of which are a couple hundred megabytes in size, makes one wonder how adequate their pre-release testing was. It seems that many of these big companies rush their software out to make money without caring whether their product actually works well or is sufficiently secure. Good advice is to never buy new release software until it has been on the market for long enough to get reviewed adequately and have at least one major update.
Our office now rarely uses PDF, and then only when communicating with another business who wants a document in PDF format. We have given up the idea of archiving our extensive set of paper documents in PDF format, but are using an image format instead. Our document organization is based on labelled folders and document names rather than what would have been PDF bookmarks. Any special needed information is inserted in a folder with a text document or audio file. We found this method to be much more reliable, faster, and software independent than using Adobe Acrobat and PDF.
11 of 12 found the following review helpful:
Adobe Acrobat X Professional Jan 21, 2012
The Adobe Acrobat X Professional I purchased from you last year in July worked fine until it required an update. It no longer works without a valid serial number.
According to Adobe, The Serial number you sent me is invalid.
I have tried to contact you with no success.
I hope that this review will caution any Buyer to beware ordering from Ricoh Concept
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