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Windows 7: Why I no longer use Adobe Products

4 Weeks Ago   #1
Lady Fitzgerald

 
Why I no longer use Adobe Products

I was asked to start a thread on this topic so, here goes nothing...

Adobe has had problems with all their products for years. With the exception of Flash, they all have expiration dates that would force you to shell out significant shekels for upgrades or not get anymore security updates. And there were frequent security updates becasue their products had more holes in them than a colander (that included the free Adobe Flash). The only paid product I used was Adobe Acrobat Standard and each paid upgrade would be more expensive and have fewer features. Adding insult to injury (or was it injury to insult?), it would take Adobe an excessive amount of time to come up with plugs for newly discovered holes (and there always was a lot of them).

The final straw came when they adopted a subscription, cloud based service model. I had already eliminated flash because very few sites were using it anymore and because it was such a security liability. However, their new business model for Acrobat was just going to too darned expensive (actually, they were already too darned expensive; this was just worse) and it would have given Adobe the opportunity to see all my work.

I'm now using Qoppa's PDF Studio Pro (I recently upgraded to the 2019 version). I went with them because they have a Linux version (I'm now finally starting to use Linux). Their Pro version is between Adobe's Standard and Pro versions, costs way, way less that Adobe's, is NOT cloud based, and has no expiration date; you can use for however long you want even after new versions come out. Security hass not been a problem. Also, they allow two installations for each license. While there was quite a learning curve, I actually have found it's easier to use.

I never bought Photoshop because I couldn't justify the expense for the limited use I would get from it (not to mention the eventual security and cloud/service model). I was happy with an old Microsoft works photo editor. Gimp is a free graphics editor/creation tool that is touted to be a replacement for Photoshop. I have dabbled with it some and it's just a matter of learning how to use it. Linux has several photo editing programs I've yet to try in addition to having a version of Gimp available not to mention that Adobe puts out nothing for Linux). Free is one of my favorite words so I just need try out some of them and see what will float my boat.


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3 Weeks Ago   #2
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I never did like Adobe from way back in like the mid 90s. And when they had to release security path after security patch for Flash back then I just shook my head.
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3 Weeks Ago   #3
Lady Fitzgerald

 

I actually liked Acrobat Standard when I first got included with my old Fujitsu ADF scanner. I never realized how useful it could be until then. Sadly, it gradually started losing features with each mandatory upgrade.
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3 Weeks Ago   #4
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I just now got onto the browser and this forum's thread. I think I dropped adobe flash and left shockwave with its old friend megatron awhile back. I still have the non-cloud reader.
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3 Weeks Ago   #5
Lady Fitzgerald

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
I just now got onto the browser and this forum's thread. I think I dropped adobe flash and left shockwave with its old friend megatron awhile back. I still have the non-cloud reader.
I don't even trust the reader anymore. I'm using PDF Studio Pro as my preferred reader in both Win 7 and Linux Mint 19.2. PDF Studio has a free reader I've heard is good.
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3 Weeks Ago   #6
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

Don't forget hitfilm express is free top class video editor better than Adobe
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3 Weeks Ago   #7
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I'm looking for a PDF reader/editor and Adobe wants too much and I don't like the pay every month option like Microsoft Office.
I'm scanning in instruction booklets and if I'm not fast enough with the next page, I have multiple files which I need to merge or delete.
Looks like PDF Studio is the way to go.
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3 Weeks Ago   #8
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I use PDF-Xchange here. What I really like about it is if there's an embedded link in the PDF from a canary token it'll tell me.
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3 Weeks Ago   #9
RoWin7

Win 7 Ult 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HAVOC View Post
I'm looking for a PDF reader/editor and Adobe wants too much and I don't like the pay every month option like Microsoft Office.
I'm scanning in instruction booklets and if I'm not fast enough with the next page, I have multiple files which I need to merge or delete.
Looks like PDF Studio is the way to go.

I don't make pdf's. Been using Foxit Reader for years. Free and not bloated like Adobe. Some sites still use Flash, so I'll keep it till everyone dumps it.
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3 Weeks Ago   #10
Lady Fitzgerald

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RoWin7 View Post
I don't make pdf's. Been using Foxit Reader for years. Free and not bloated like Adobe. Some sites still use Flash, so I'll keep it till everyone dumps it.
Some of us weirdos do use PDFs. They are ideal for documents that will be moved from platform to platform since all platforms have some kind of PDF readers available. They stabilize documents because fonts, formatting, etc. are locked in.

Foxit Reader is one of the good ones.

If a site still uses Flash, then I can't help what else may be wrong with the site if their web page designers aren't competent enough to have ditched flash thus, I avoid the site period. Flash is holier than the Pope so there is no way I'll allow it on any my machines (along with any other Adobe Products).
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