November 15, 2002

Software Love

I completely agree with the author of In My Experience about the new Transmit and BBEdit. I bought Transmit 2 the day it came out and I’m trying to psyche myself up to upgrade to BBEdit 7. These two apps are perfect and yet their respective authors continue to improve and enhance their capabilites.

Adobe, on the other hand, released Acrobat Reader 5.1 today. Ugly installation process, ugly piece of software. It still contains oodles of nasty interface mistakes. For example, the Application menu has about eight items, and yet from time to time, the menu puts the Quit item beneath the range of the menu, as if there weren’t enough room to display it. Nonsense. Every item in the Preferences window is an example of how to ignore the Aqua Human Interface Guidelines. The installer uses OS 9 progress indicators and installs an app named “Acrobat Reader 5.0”. So, did I just install 5.1 or not? A peak at the Finder Info window reveals I have.

Some software is comfortable, some is obnoxious. It’s surprising how often the comfortable software comes from the small companies and vice versa.

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