Adobe, what an outfit
As an engineer, I am downloading PDF files all the time. I have seen other consultants use PDF writer to reduce file size and publish/distribute things on the web. So I'm sold.
So I go to Fry's Sunnyvale store. And I ask the young girl for Adobe PDF writer. She shows me Pagemill. I see "No HTML" and I have to confess I have no idea what this product is. I know it's not a pdf file generator.
So she sends me to see the supervisor. Nice guy. Without looking anything up he says: "Oh yeah, Adobe- they're between releases and can't tell us when it will get here. The last time they did this it took 4 weeks to get product."
Now I know that selling vapor is a time honored tradition, but I thought Adobe already had it's IPO so it's not like you gotta run the stock up so the founders can get extra-rich instead of just plain-ordinary rich.
So I'm kinda wondering. Are you clowns in business or what? 'Cause ya know, alotta times a business has like ya' know products for sale ya' know? If you decide to actually sell a product on a timely basis, please let me know.
[Update 2018: In 2005 I installed a legal copy of PhotoShop 4 on my computer at work. The IT guys took it down. Adobe's contract with them only allowed company-purchased Adobe products on work computers. I realized I was giving Adobe more money as a consultant that even Microsoft. Then the Acrobat writer started nagging to update every single week. I vowed to take Adobe out of my life. I now use FoxIt for pdf, Vegas instead of Premiere, LibreOffice instead of Framemaker, and GIMP plus IrfanView instead of Photoshop. I could not be happier. I did try Dreamweaver last year-- what bloatware crap.]
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