I’m probably the 1 millionth person to complain about this, but boy did it make my blood boil:
We had to sign up one of our kids for a class before the end of the year. The school sent us a PDF form to fill in. Easy enough, I thought.
Except my PC could not read the PDF. So I went to download the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Bummer #1: it’s over 25 megs and I was on a dial up. So I went out in the snow for 2 hours while it downloaded. I came back, started the install, and without asking me for permission, it proceeded to not only install the Reader, but bummer #2: some kind of Photoshop trial photo album thing I don’t want (it’s close to 100 megs installed!!), and bummer #3: a Yahoo Toolbar for IE (also without asking my permission).
OK, at least now I was ready to fill in the dorky form. So I went back into my Yahoo Mail Beta to grab the form. Except, bummer #4: Yahoo Mail no longer worked. Because the Yahoo Toolbar that got installed was an old version and Yahoo Mail says it won’t work with that one, suggesting that I download a new version. So I uninstalled the Toolbar instead, went into Y Mail to grab the form, loaded it up and, of course, bummer #5: the form showed up, but the Adobe Reader refused to let me fill in any of the required text.
That’s when I gave up.
PDF seemed like a good idea once upon a time, now it’s just another piece of offensive bloatware.