Adobe Alienates Printers

July 23, 2007

Users of the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite often feel like the printing world isn’t a fan of our work. Many of those printers are blinded by Adobe marketing. Now Adobe has totally alienated those printers with their latest move with one little button. Inside of the latest release of Adobe Reader (many people call it Acrobat Reader) is a button labeled “Print this at Kinko’s”. So now the printers find that they are supporting software that offers to send files directly to a competitor.

As users of Corel products, we should jump for joy at Adobe’s dumb mistake. This gives Corel a chance to get their foot in the door with these printers. It also gives them another reason to resurrect Ventura development.

If you need to read and print PDF documents as most of us do, there is a great alternative to Adobe Reader. Foxit Reader is only 1.7 MB compared to the over 30 MB for Adobe’s product. Throw in a great feature set and fast speed and there just is no reason to use Adobe’s product. Foxit Reader is free though you will find that they would prefer you get the Pro Pack. It does give added functionality at a very fair price.

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  1. Lars

    Just want to mention that I have not been able to locate the button in question. It might be because I’m using a localized version (Swedish) and that Kinkos do not have an operation here. I suppose this is the case with other countries/languages too.

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  2. Anonymous

    With no Mac version of the Corel Suite, your foot will not cross the threshold of commercial printers.

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  3. Jeff Harrison

    I’m a freelance designer, and work at 3 shops in my city, sometimes 4. All except for one are PC based only.

    One shop has a G4, and the only reason it’s there was because it was required to run a specific imagesetter FWIR.

    SO… commercial printing doesn’t revolve around Macs – at all – where I live.

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  4. gpb

    Regarding the post from anonymous
    Nonsense !
    Commercial printers have been handling my work, produced with Corel Draw and Ventura for over ten years. The solution to the Mac only mindset is to use PDF. Using the Corel Draw and Ventura export to PDF and checking it in Adobe Acrobat, I get excellent results every time.

    Re Ventura: any reason to get it back on Corel’s development list is fine by me. Ventura, even now, is leagues ahead of Quark Xpress and Adobe Indesign.

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  5. gpb

    Regarding the post from anonymous
    Nonsense !
    Commercial printers have been handling my work, produced with Corel Draw and Ventura for over ten years. The solution to the Mac only mindset is to use PDF. Using the Corel Draw and Ventura export to PDF and checking it in Adobe Acrobat, I get excellent results every time.

    Re Ventura: any reason to get it back on Corel’s development list is fine by me. Ventura, even now, is leagues ahead of Quark Xpress and Adobe Indesign.

    Reply

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