I’m checking out Surround SCM and I needed to install Acrobat Reader so I could read the PDF documentation (hey, what could be more cross-platform than PDF? Uh, how about HTML).
I’d installed Reader on the Windows 2003 Server build machine 10 minutes earlier, but I decided it would be easier reading the docs on my workstation rather than across a Remote Desktop link.
It looks like a fairly typical download page: Watch for the Information bar and if it doesn’t download, click here.
But we’re getting so used to the Information/Security bar, how much attention are we paying to it? Because on this Adobe page it’s not the usual “This page wants to download something” – this page wants to install something first.
Their page includes a snapshot of what it should say – although its clearly doctored/engineered and deliberately not very readable: presumably this has the effect on you, the user, of making you subconsciously register that you saw something roughly like you expected (in the screenshot) so that you make a less rigorous comparison when the info bar drops down… And you let them install reader plus whatever the add-on is rather than just the reader you asked for…
Is there anything Adobe won’t stoop to?