[pdftex] Re: Toolbars In Acrobat Reader 5.0.5

Hans Hagen pragma at wxs.nl
Fri Apr 12 10:05:24 CEST 2002

At 09:03 PM 4/11/2002 +0000, you wrote:
>On Thursday 11 April 2002 15:29, Ben Crowell wrote:
> >  >I would like to make some Toolbars invisible in Acrobat Reader 5.0.5.
> >
> > Please don't! This is a really obnoxious thing for a document to do.
> > Users don't
> > want to have to learn a new user interface for every document.
>You have a point (I, for one, detest pseudo-links on webpages that are
>actually calls to java .... ), but there may be good reasons (not least
>wanting to efficiently use the screen space).
>Afterall if you get rid of the tool bar, then the same items can be called
>from the menubar ... it might be annoying it might not. If I had a choice
>between _software_ manuals that used pdfscreen and ones that seem to presume
>that I have a portrait shaped screen, upon which I can read 10pt text,
>without forever scrolling up and down the 'page' I know which way I'd jump.
>But as I say "you have a point" ... in my original mail I omitted saying that
>depending on your OS you may have awful problems getting out of Acrobat if
>you insist on launching it with all the controls suppressed .... (but I
>thought we were all responsible for our own actions!)!

Over the last few years the interfaces of acrobat have changed: menu item 
positions, keyboard shortcuts, etc. They differ per version anfd i would 
not be surprised if they also differ per operating system. So, documents 
having buttons for going to the next or previous page etc without button 
bar at the top are not per se worse than those docs that rely on the viewer 
(acro, gs, each with their own controls) interface. Also, apps tend to take 
more and more screen space for controls -)

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