Lots of high praise out in photography land for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and their other software programs for manipulating images – probably well justified. For me, using Paint.net and occasionally Gimp provides more than enough trickery to brush up any photos I post to my blogs. My only real experience with Adobe was using their PDF reader quite a few years back when most users were less than enthralled with the product. The main complaints were the constant freezing requiring computer reboots and its tendency to slowly use up all the ram even when not in use. Since I never needed to produce PDF documents, I simply hit the delete button to rid myself of Reader and downloaded Foxit which I’ve used without problems for years.
Which brings me to the reason for this post. This afternoon my wife asked me to download Paint.net onto her laptop so she could work on photos herself. No problem or so I thought. Brought up the webpage, found the download button and presto all the little wheels started whirring until the indicator showed complete. Using Chrome, so just double clicked and waited for the wizard to pop up to begin installation, only Windows pops up with the message – unable to open the Adobe program. HUH! That’s when I noticed the Adobe icon instead of the Paint icon attached to the execute file. Not being immediately paranoid, I disabled the few extensions thinking they might have affected the download – wouldn`t be the first time – and went through the download process again with the same end result. Still under the illusion it was a computer glitch, I downloaded the Paint program from my own computer – sans any Adobe programs – onto a flash drive, checked for the Paint icon and figured I had the problem solved. Not so fast, as soon as the drive was plugged into the laptop, the icon was immediately replaced by an Adobe one and once again no installation. Now I’m frustrated but not without resources. Opened up the control panel, found `Programs and Features` and cleverly uninstalled Adobe Reader on the laptop, after which I went through the whole procedure once again, this time with an entirely successful outcome. Paint.net up and running on Jan`s laptop with nary a glitch.
As of late both Apple and Amazon have been caught reaching into private computers removing items or programs at will claiming ownership resides with them and customers really only rent songs or books or files. In this case Adobe cannot in any claim ownership. So somewhere along the way when an update for Adobe Reader was downloaded to the laptop – same goes for millions of users out there – Adobe sneakily attached a small file to prevent the download of any software they felt was a competitor to their own programs, in this instance: Photoshop and Lightroom. So beware out there folks – Big Brother Software is watching you.
Oh, by the way did I mention Gimp and Paint.net are free!