So in 2001 or so, around the time that Acrobat 5 came out, I started...badgering the Acrobat team about why their Office -> PDF plugin sucked so bad compared to the windows version. It was naught but a dumb "print to PDF" macro that did essentially nothing other than that. Meanwhile, the windows version would create a structured PDF with live TOC links and what have you.
Every version of Acrobat I'd check, and every version it sucked the same way. So I'd badger. And badger. You can imagine how it went. There's some posts on the site that are pertinent to it.
The Acrobat team's response, across 13 long years, ranged from "Since we can't get the exact same things from VBA in Office on the Mac that we can in Windows, we aren't doing anything beyond the minimum" to "we aren't going to use AppleScript" to "we can't do that" (this was specifically in reference to creating PDFs from Entourage-later-outlook emails).
It was all bullshit, really, and between Acrobat 5 and X, the only real improvement was email and URL links were live. Whoop de do. Hell, they wouldn't work with Office 2008 at ALL because of no VBA. Keep in mind, I just wanted improvement. Like, ever version, make it better than the last one, right? If VBA won't work, then suck it up and use AppleScript. Again, make it better for the platform. Slow steps are fine, just stop telling me it has to be all or nothing. That's little kid shit.
I even wrote a script to show you could in fact, convert Entourage/Outlook emails to PDF. It was hacktastic as hell, because Acrobat's AppleScript dictionary is pants, but it did the job. You could get a nice, structured PDF from an HTML email with it. So much for "impossible".
Well, with Acrobat XI, there's FINALLY an improvement there. The feature is back, and the PDFs created from it are so much better than what they were. Best of all, you can do the conversion via drag and drop. Drag a Word file onto Acrobat and a few seconds later, you have a PDF that is a pretty damned good representation of the document. You do have to have Office 2008 or 2011 on your system, because Acrobat XI is using AppleScript for this. (I know, I know, it is a shock. Do sit down for a minute if you need to.)
Now, it's not perfect. For example, TOC links are still not live, but it is, by any measure, an improvement, and for that, I think the Acrobat team deserves some praise, so I am doing just that. Good job y'all.
Now, let's not take over a decade for the next improvements, hmm?
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