RE: Will Adobe Reader DC Update Impact my Adobe Acrobat XI?

Subject: RE: Will Adobe Reader DC Update Impact my Adobe Acrobat XI?
From: Kevin Ryan <kryan -at- harriscomputer -dot- com>
To: Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca>
Date: Fri, 31 Jan 2020 13:56:04 +0000

Thanks, Tony. I prefer to have full Acrobat XI as my primary PDF application anyway, and Adobe Reader DC as my alternate reader. My fear was that by updating my DC Reader I would experience some foot-in-the-door, uncalled-for overwrites by Adobe that would hurt my ok-functioning Acrobat XI (which Iâm lucky to haveâAdobe made the install file unavailable this year even to people like me with install keys). I was fearing something akin to Lucy pulling the football away just as Charlie Brown is about to kick it. But I followed the earlier advice I received from this list and went ahead with the update. Acrobat seems ok. Only problem is that Acrobat XI dialogs such as the print dialog have absurdly large fonts that push the print button off the dialog. This seems to be an ignored/unresolved problem on internet posts by other Acrobat users with the same problem.



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From: Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca>
Sent: Friday, January 31, 2020 2:52 AM
To: Kevin Ryan <kryan -at- harriscomputer -dot- com>
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Subject: [EXTERNAL] Re: Will Adobe Reader DC Update Impact my Adobe Acrobat XI?

Hi Kevin,

The short answer is, No, updating Adobe Reader will not affect your Acrobat Pro. However, and this is a BIG however, on Windows 10, Adobe is REALLY INSISTENT that you set Acrobat Pro as the default application that opens PDF files when you double-click.

In comparison, when I installed Adobe CC on my Mac, Adobe applied the pressure to update my default app. I was all like, "No way, man! You're not telling me what to do!" So I managed to keep the double-click behaviour to open PDFs for reading in Adobe Reader DC. I can still right-click to choose another reader, or Acrobat Pro. Win-Win.

Not so for Windows. I set it on my wife's computer the same way, and every so often Adobe whines "You're not opening PDFs in this Pro version of Acrobat that you spent all this money on" (paraphrase mine). I say, "No you didn't!" Adobe says, "Yes I did!" I say, "Try me!"

When Adobe updates the setting, I switch it back.

Reader has nothing to do with Distiller. If you want to create PDFs from Reader, you need to subscribe to some Adobe cloud service or something. I don't even know if my full CC license lets me use that service.

Hope this helps, or at least entertains.


On Thu, Jan 23, 2020 at 6:09 AM Kevin Ryan <kryan -at- harriscomputer -dot- com<mailto:kryan -at- harriscomputer -dot- com>> wrote:
I seem to recall that some people have had complications with their full Acrobat after performing such seemingly innocuous updates on Reader DC. Has anyone had such an experience?
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