First of all, let’s get a few things straight about the PDF file format. It’s all well and good for document exchange, but to put it bluntly (from the developer/IT side of the document format) PDFs suck sewage. Only Adobe (any maybe Microsoft) will let you edit a file (changing only a couple of characters) and then the file size balloons from 250k to 300k. Even deleting characters causes the file to increase in size! *SIGH*
Now here’s what tipped this rant off… Last week, I downloaded and installed a 30-day trial of Adobe Acrobat 7 Professional. I was having fun romping around and being productive with my newly found set of tools. Just this morning, I downloaded a PDF rebate form which I was going to add text to rather than print and hand-write the information in. I was greeted with a lovely error message saying my trial had expired! Ridiculous Adobe, just ridiculous! I thought I’d be clever (and somewhat “1337″) and change my date around on the PC, but that old trick has been protected agains for some time now by software companies. Next, I resorted to the registry to find out if I could hack it there. The most entertaining part of that is the install date: 4/29/2005. Compare that to the date of this post – only 7 days – I should have 23 days left Adobe!
After a bit of research, I found that they even state on their downloads page that some users have experienced problems with shortened trial versions of their software, particularly users of an Apple Airport or users with multiple network interfaces. Well, I only have one NIC in this machine. That’s the only network device. No modem, no wifi, nothing else. I don’t think I need to say that support is pretty much non-existant.
Oh well – I wasn’t planning on buying it anyway. But now I’ll NEVER buy anything else from Adobe. Time to go uninstall the 150mb download…