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New Adobe Acrobat DC Layout

New Here ,
Jun 30, 2023 Jun 30, 2023

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A couple of weeks ago I opened a pdf and found that there is a new layout to my Adobe Acrobat DC.  It appears to be very much the excat same program, but now all of the Tools are on the left, rather than the right, as well as a few other minor changes to the appearance.  What I can't figure out is if there has been any added benefits.  Hard to imagine it would be an update that only forces you to relearn where all of the Tools are, but doesn't offer an added benefit with the change.

And if there is no benefit, is there a way to revert back to the older layout?  

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Adobe Employee , Sep 07, 2023 Sep 07, 2023

Hi All!

 

I hope you all are doing well.

 

We acknowledge that the new Acrobat represents a notable change; however, we hope that as you get familiar with the new interface, you can be more productive & get more out of Acrobat.  

 

As we made these changes in the interface, we have tried to ensure all tools & features currently supported retain their familiar functionalities and workflows as they did in the previous version. We are committed to addressing any gaps or issues users report related

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Community Expert ,
Jun 30, 2023 Jun 30, 2023

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Hi,

Can you confirm the exact version of your operating system and software?

Have you upgraded your system as well recently?

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Community Expert ,
Jun 30, 2023 Jun 30, 2023

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For now, yes you can revert to the old interface.

From the upper left, select the hamburger menu (3 horizontal bars, maybe labeled "Menu") and select Disable New Acrobat.

 

On Macs, it's under the View menu.

 

So far, I haven't detected any new features or utilities, just a rearrangement of what was there and some bug fixes.

 

And I haven't heard any comments like "gee, this is great Adobe...thanks for switching my left-side tools to the right, and my right-side tools to the left and making everything into tiny grey icons."

 

Thank goodness we can switch to the old interface. For now, at least.

 

|    Bevi Chagnon   |  Designer & Technologist for Accessible Documents
|    Classes & Books for Accessible InDesign, PDFs & MS Office |

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New Here ,
Jun 30, 2023 Jun 30, 2023

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Thank you! That solved the problem!

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Explorer ,
Jun 30, 2023 Jun 30, 2023

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Thank you for your reply. I too have been confounded by the new Acrobat layout and have now switched back to the old layout. Although I could get used to the tools switching from the right side to the left, I don't apprecaite them getting smaller. But what really has me stumped on the new layout is where are all the icons for the commenting? For example strikethrough or strike through and replace, insert text, etc. I coud only seem to find adding a comment box.

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New Here ,
Sep 05, 2023 Sep 05, 2023

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Thank you! I also got confused by the new layout. Reverted to old one with your help; phew!

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New Here ,
Sep 20, 2023 Sep 20, 2023

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Thank you so much for this! Editing on the new layout is horrendous. you had to click and click to get to undo. I had to export to jpg to make changes in photoshop. Adobe, please don't take away all the editing tools in the new layout once you make us switch forever. if you want to add more editing tools that is welcomed, but please don't minimize them, that is not helpful.

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New Here ,
Oct 26, 2023 Oct 26, 2023

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Still applicable months later. Thank you so much for sharing!

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New Here ,
Oct 26, 2023 Oct 26, 2023

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Thanks a lot, I have been fighting with the new layout for weeks and this still works.

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New Here ,
Nov 29, 2023 Nov 29, 2023

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Totally agree, its like getting an apple phone same garbage but with a different number or letter on the box

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New Here ,
Jan 18, 2024 Jan 18, 2024

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THANK YOU !  to Adobe for the 'Disable New Acrobat' option, and to Bevi Chagnon for pointing it out. Reverting to the previous UI saved a ton of wasted time and clumsy stumbling around in an app that my company and I depend on.

I will never understand WHO these changes (UI change-arounds) are intended to help??? WHO is better off now that all the tools are in different places, look different, perform differently, etc.??? Can you IMAGINE another industry where F'ing with a user's workflow for no (real) reason is tolerated??? I feel like someone should be reminded that a HUGE part of an app's functionality is the UI. When you blow up the UI, you blow up users' workflow.

Please, PLEASE stop making these 'change for the sake of change' changes!

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 19, 2024 Jan 19, 2024

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This saved my day. Really don't like the new interface and almost couldn't work.

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New Here ,
Jun 30, 2023 Jun 30, 2023

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I have this same issue. Suddenly the layout is totally different with no quick action toolbar and all things are on the left side of the screen. I agree with Rob30812518n7rx, this layout is absolutely no value add and I need to be able to use it using the old layout. PLEASE let us know how we can do this! I am using Adobe Acrobat 23.003.20215. This is so terrible and I am completely disabled by this change. 

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Advocate ,
Jun 30, 2023 Jun 30, 2023

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You can revert to the old one.  

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New Here ,
Oct 27, 2023 Oct 27, 2023

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THANK YOU. Out with the New and back to the Old.

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Adobe Employee ,
Jun 30, 2023 Jun 30, 2023

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Hi Rob30812518n7rx and ryan.kupres

 

Thank you for reaching out.

 

Please refer to the information provided in the following help document about the new Acrobat layout: https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/using/new-acrobat-experience.html.

You may share your feedback with the team via the following page: https://acrobat.uservoice.com/forums/590923-acrobat-for-windows-and-mac

 

Let us know if you need any help.

 

Thanks,

Meenakshi

 

 

 

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New Here ,
Nov 20, 2023 Nov 20, 2023

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What the h*** was wrong with the old layout that Adobe felt so compeled to change it? I had an awful time finding the icons for things like zoom, search, page numbers, etc.f

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Contributor ,
Jun 30, 2023 Jun 30, 2023

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I've been using it for a week or so now. Overall, it has a nicer feel I think.

 

But please can we have back:

Go to first/last page icons - so can do with one click. I don't see why it deemed a good idea to have to click one page at a time.

 

Magnifying glass icon that allows dragging around a target area that then zooms in to that selection - this is sorely missed, I spend a lot of time trying to interpret client comments/amendments and trying to spot their exact deletions etc at 100% is virtually impossible. On the new Acrobat I have to laboriously zoom and then drag around to the chosen spot (often I'm talking literally where a client has changed a semi-colon to a comma, it's fun, honest) and it's killing me.

 

As a general point, my single biggest request for Acrtobat Pro would be to radically improve the ability to spot where comments are referring to on the page, I've always felt it's way too subtle. Could it not have a clear highlight cirle that shows for each comment perhaps?

 

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Adobe Employee ,
Sep 01, 2023 Sep 01, 2023

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Hi Brighton Lance,

 

You can use Loupe tool for your purpose, you can find this tool from tool search.

 

Best,

Bhawna.

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Sep 01, 2023 Sep 01, 2023

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Great, thank you

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 19, 2023 Oct 19, 2023

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Not a chance - similar feature have been in request for Years (Since DC release at least)

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Adobe Employee ,
Sep 07, 2023 Sep 07, 2023

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Hi All!

 

I hope you all are doing well.

 

We acknowledge that the new Acrobat represents a notable change; however, we hope that as you get familiar with the new interface, you can be more productive & get more out of Acrobat.  

 

As we made these changes in the interface, we have tried to ensure all tools & features currently supported retain their familiar functionalities and workflows as they did in the previous version. We are committed to addressing any gaps or issues users report related to any break in current workflows in all our past & upcoming releases. 

If any of your current workflows are not functioning as expected, share them with us on this thread, and we will address them with the highest priority.

 

We appreciate your valuable feedback! We're always looking for ways to improve Acrobat, and we appreciate the time and effort you have taken to share your feedback. 

 

If your critical workflows are impacted, you can switch to the old UI from the "Menu" on the top left corner of Windows and View Menu on MacOS. We will follow up with a detailed community-featured post, guiding you to familiarise yourself with the new interface and regular updates on upcoming changes.

 

Thanks,

Anand Sri.

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New Here ,
Oct 01, 2023 Oct 01, 2023

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'Be kind and respectful'

Half trues and empty frases are very disrespectful, Anand Sri. Though your wording might be polite and even border hysterical enthusiasm ("We appreciate your valuable feedback!"- don't faint now, will you), you didn't address any of the concerns, didn't offer any explanation on why or how this interface switcheroo is better for users (it's not) and simply showed us your company doesn't really care.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 01, 2023 Oct 01, 2023

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Change for change's sake is a waste of your company/development resources and the resources of your end users. Also, if your end users were not consulted on (1) the need for any change in the first place, and (2) what types of changes (if any) should be made, then this was an even more shortsighted decision than I thought. Customers can typically deal with change if they are made aware of it and made aware of the reasons for it, but when it's essentially the same interface but mirror imaged and without some features quite as prominently usable (or missing), that messes with our logic. It also messes with people who may have disabilities and struggle to learn one format, only to discover that the format they have finally become proficient in using has suddenly changed on them. 

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 26, 2023 Oct 26, 2023

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I am less productive and am getting less out of Acrobat. I was only able to rescue the situation by googling "why does the new adobe reader suck" and was directed to how to change back to the last version. If you make this "updated" edition the only one, I will be looking at how to switch to a different reader! It's brutal. 

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