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Why has the Acrobat DC Pro Icon has changed from red to black?

Community Beginner ,
Aug 17, 2020 Aug 17, 2020

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Yesterday, the Adobe Acrobat DC Pro icon in my Mac desktop dock and in all pdfs in Finder has changed from red to black. Was this supposed to happen? 

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Community Expert , Aug 17, 2020 Aug 17, 2020

It's a design change throughout Adobe's programs, not just Acrobat.

Poorly tested by the GUI design team; on Windows, the icon's black square melds into the default black background color of the Windows Task Bar. The Acrobat icon, especially, is nearly invisible on a high-resolution monitor.  Just what users need: an invisible user interface!

 

This screen cap shows (from left to right), the new icons for Acrobat, InDesign, and Photoshop, and the previous icon for Photoshop on the far right.

New icons for Adobe programs don't work well enough in Window's task bar.New

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Community Expert ,
Aug 17, 2020 Aug 17, 2020

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This is the actual version.

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Aug 17, 2020 Aug 17, 2020

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It's a design change throughout Adobe's programs, not just Acrobat.

Poorly tested by the GUI design team; on Windows, the icon's black square melds into the default black background color of the Windows Task Bar. The Acrobat icon, especially, is nearly invisible on a high-resolution monitor.  Just what users need: an invisible user interface!

 

This screen cap shows (from left to right), the new icons for Acrobat, InDesign, and Photoshop, and the previous icon for Photoshop on the far right.

New icons for Adobe programs don't work well enough in Window's task bar.New icons for Adobe programs don't work well enough in Window's task bar.

Good example of what NOT to do to a user interface!

 

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

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 17, 2020 Aug 17, 2020

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Thanks for the explanation! I wasn't sure if I had done something to change
it or if I was in a different version of Acrobat.

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 17, 2020 Aug 17, 2020

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Thanks for the response!

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Aug 19, 2020 Aug 19, 2020

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Thanks for your information

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New Here ,
Aug 20, 2020 Aug 20, 2020

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#ACROBATbacktoBurgundy   - so much easier to identify AdobeAcrobat when it was Burgundy. 😞

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Community Expert ,
Aug 21, 2020 Aug 21, 2020

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Glad to see I'm not the only one who immediately disliked the decision!

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Community Expert ,
Aug 21, 2020 Aug 21, 2020

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New hex code for the icon:  #NONONO

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 27, 2020 Aug 27, 2020

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Agree, this is awful. When I first updated I thought the icon wasn't rendering correctly and I dug around to see why. I don't remember seeing any notification this was going to happen, I think any change where it makes it users have to dig to find out why is not a good update. If I missed something saying this is turning to black, well, then that's on me.

 

But overall, in my professional design opinion, this is a bad bad change.  

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New Here ,
Sep 09, 2020 Sep 09, 2020

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Appears to be another corporate decision to virtue signal the black community.  This is getting old.

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Sep 16, 2020 Sep 16, 2020

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 16, 2020 Sep 16, 2020

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Good call, I agree with you. 

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New Here ,
Sep 14, 2020 Sep 14, 2020

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It's just more virtue signalling that all the UI developers are doing to show solidarity with the latest fad.  If they really cared they'd shut down the largest killer of black people in America, every single Planned Parenthood; the real systemic killer of blacks.

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Sep 14, 2020 Sep 14, 2020

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It's so irritating. I wasted valuable time trying to find the red icon for the app on my taskbar and only noticed the black icon the next day, as it blends into the background. I have SOOO many years of user expectation built around that red!

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 15, 2020 Sep 15, 2020

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So how do I fix it ?
Thank you in advance 

 

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 15, 2020 Sep 15, 2020

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I Just hope this isnt a vain attempt at BLM, reverse racism fixes nothing. 
If this is, I will cancel my subscriptions and go with Googles version ! 

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Sep 16, 2020 Sep 16, 2020

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 16, 2020 Sep 16, 2020

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is this a personal threat to kill me? ?

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Sep 16, 2020 Sep 16, 2020

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Looks great on a Mac. That generic red was lost in a sea of other bright icons, now the black icon is easy to spot.

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New Here ,
Dec 04, 2020 Dec 04, 2020

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How do I fix it????

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New Here ,
Dec 04, 2020 Dec 04, 2020

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Figured it out, right click on the Task Bar icon, right click on Properties, Change Icon, select your icon, be sure to click Apply, so you are in admin mode. Done!

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 13, 2021 Feb 13, 2021

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You're a real one for coming back and sharing the answer to your question on this thread. Thank you. You saved me and probably a couple of other peeps the trouble of researching and finding the answer.

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Jul 25, 2021 Jul 25, 2021

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why did Adobe acrobat change there logo from black to the acrobat reader logo loke the red

 

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