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Old 09-20-2006, 12:25 PM   #11
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Do you need Office??? Ability Office, Star Office and Open office can all produce PDF files without the need for Acrobat.
Do they truly work well yet?

I'm a big fan of alternatives to MS Office, conceptually, but the last I looked, a couple of years ago there were very visible differences in Star Office or perhaps it was Open Office. Docs created in Word simply did not open the same in the open version, if the formatting was at all challenging, e.g. multiple levels of bullets or paragraph numbering.

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To complicate things a bit more, Adobe this week announced Acrobat 8 (which will be shipping in November.) From what I have read so far, not much will change in the pre-press application; it has a "new" "intuitive" user interface and somehow supports web conferencing.

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Old 09-23-2006, 08:07 PM   #13
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Any word as to whether they've given the person who worked out their Windows Acrobat update scheme his or her just reward?

I was thinking of something along the lines of a quick drowning.

   
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Any word as to whether they've given the person who worked out their Windows Acrobat update scheme his or her just reward?
What is wrong, precisely, with the annual updates, apart, that is, from the annual charge?

   
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Old 09-24-2006, 05:23 PM   #15
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Michael: What is wrong, precisely, with the annual updates, apart, that is, from the annual charge?
And the annual change to the intuitive interface? Let's see ... between the annual charge and the annual change to my intuition, I could probably wait another year. <BG>

   
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It's the constant interim updates to the current version with attendant nattering and rebooting that annoys me, not the version to version upgrades.

The most recent one managed to foul the nest so badly I had to reinstall Acrobat from scratch. Will have to sort out how to turn off the autoupdates if possible.

   
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Old 09-25-2006, 08:16 AM   #17
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interim updates to the current version with attendant nattering and rebooting that annoys me
Oh, that. Adobe seems to insist on instant rebooting with everything. I'm not sure though that turning off automatic updates will help: then Adobe waits for you to start Acrobat (for a quick look at a PDF document, say) and then downloads and instals v. 8.0.9 (or whatever).

   
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We shall see.

There's a preferences/updates option "Do not automatically check for critical updates", and in theory this disables it.

It's supposed to check once a week otherwise, so it'll be a while before I know whether I have a suspicion that I may know something. Or not.

   
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Steve: It's supposed to check once a week otherwise, so it'll be a while before I know whether I have a suspicion that I may know something. Or not.
I disabled it when I discovered their first update to 7 was almost 100 MB. That's a bit too much for a slow dialup. It hasn't bugged me since. In fact, now manually asking it to check for updates doesn't work<G>

   
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