Acrobat.com - Ready, Start, Slow!

Got some spare time you don't minding wasting? Great, you'll need it if you want to check out Adobe's www.acrobat.com software. Touted as Adobes attempt to take on Google and Microsoft. Trying out Buzzword, acrobat.com's competitive web app to Google Docs, took a painful 9 minutes and 45 seconds just to download and get to the first usable screen. Compare that to Google docs which loads virtually instantaneously, compared to acrobat.com.

Now I'd like to blame that slow load time on acrobat.com servers that might be overloaded given this is a new product. Possible, but I doubt there are tens of thousands of people trying to run acrobat.com apps in their browser at 4am eastern time in the morning. It is beta software but that initial experience of watching acrobat.com display thermometer bar one right after another, downloading frameworks, styles, fonts, and who knows what else, tells me acrobat.com is no web 2.0 app contender yet.

Adobe's still thinking monolithic software, just running in your browser is what's different. I have to say that at this point I'm not all that impressed. Adobe has a ways to go in my opinion. Google Docs doesn't have much to worry about either.

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