From: peter (Peter da Silva) Date: 20:37 on 23 Sep 2003 Subject: Acrobat Apart from the general stupidity of trying to take a layout language designed for a fixed-sized-fixed-aspect-ratio medium and force it to play nice on the screen (I'm talking about PDF here, in case anyone hasn't yet encountered the myriad stupidities involved with PDF)... Acrobat REALLY LIKES MDI, to the point where it implements MDI on UNIX. I hate it for liking MDI. I hate it for implementing it badly. Acrobat is schizophrenic in the extreme about fonts. I've had it barf and show Windows-fnords (you know,when Microsoft's Magic Quotes show up as A-acute and the like) on *Windows*. Presumably it's trying to convert everything to Adobe's proprietary Postscript font mapping internally. Or maybe it's just stupid. But beyond all that, Acrobot is a bloody stalker. "Oh" it says, "you're running something that looks like one of the browsers I'm fixated on. I will install myself as a Plugin. I don't care that you have disabled plugins and removed x-pdf and all its relatives from the helpers list, I AM ACROBAT and I'm more important than your petty preferences. You meant to download that? Tough, I'm going to take over... and I'm going to run so bloody slowly OpenSSL will hit 1.0 before I'm finished showing you that first page. "Oh, yeh, and I'm going to lobotomise your browser so you can't even do anything to fix that while I sit there and try and fetch the file through a really slow proxy. "Yeh, look at this, I totall 0WNZ0R your browser, buddy. I'm so L33T!" AUGH.
From: Arthur Bergman Date: 12:42 on 25 Sep 2003 Subject: Re: Acrobat On Tuesday, September 23, 2003, at 08:37 pm, Peter da Silva wrote: > > Acrobat REALLY LIKES MDI, to the point where it implements MDI on > UNIX. > > Nah, it doesn't implement MDI under all unixen. (OSX :) Arthur
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