Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Adobe's Feckless Updater

Consider this dialog box.

The application was modified.

It can't be updated.

Why not just replace it? Replacing a modified application seems to be a perfectly sensible use case.

But no, rather than doing something useful, it shows a dialog box. I guess no one thought through this use case and asked what -- if anything -- the Actor actually cares about. Doing installs is not one of my goals as an actor. Managing installations is not one of my goals. I want to (a) read PDF's and (b) have everything else handled automatically.