Currently Being ModeratedApr 27, 2011 9:39 AM (in response to JohnMoooore)
Thanks sig for help, but I know how to uninstall an application...
I normally drag it to the trash if I installed the application using drag in to the application folder.
By the way there are some applications, like acrobat reader, that are installed using a package (an executable file with .pkg extension). Normally these kind of applications have a uninstaller. This is not the case for the acrobat reader.
I'd like to know if there's a way to completely uninstall it (without using programs like AppCleaner, which simply do a search for similar names in the filesystem). Or I can uninstall it manually if I know what files are installed by the pkg.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 27, 2011 9:54 AM (in response to JohnMoooore)
Other than a preference file and a few other small items in the Application Support folders, which total less than a half megabyte of stuff, dumping the main Reader app is about all there is to removing it.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 27, 2011 10:32 AM (in response to Kurt Lang)
Thanks Kurt I was not considering the Application Support folders in the list of the things to remove. Are you sure there are no "system files" installed as like it happens in Microsoft Windows installations?
Currently Being ModeratedApr 27, 2011 10:51 AM (in response to JohnMoooore)
I used File Buddy to search for "reader" on my main drive. This is everything it returned that relates to the Acrobat Reader X:
/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Help/en_US/Adobe Reader
/Users/retoucher/Library/Application Support/Expression Media/Plug-ins/Helper Applications/Adobe Reader
/Users/retoucher/Library/Logs/Adobe/Adobe Reader Updater.log
/private/var/root/Library (from old Mac)/Receipts/com.adobe.Reader
The only one that isn't readily accessible is the .plist file in the /private/var/... folder. But it's only 29Kb.
For the most part, Mac apps don't spread themselves as pervasively as they do in Windows. Larger apps like Photoshop (or the Adobe suites), Final Cut Studio, Quark, etc., tend to drop more stuff around the drive in the System or main Library folders. But for smaller apps, they tend to be the main app, a few things in the Application Support folders, and a preference file (or a few of them).
Currently Being ModeratedApr 28, 2011 5:11 AM (in response to JohnMoooore)
For future reference, you may want to install a third party uninstaller such as AppDelete or AppCleaner. When you open one of them up they will display a trash basket on your desktop. Simply drag the app you don't want into that basket and the uninstaller will search your system for all supporting files (prefs, caches,logs, receipts etc) and add them to the app. Simply click the delete button and all those files will go to your trash where you can then permanently delete them.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 28, 2011 4:13 PM (in response to Holger Jensen)
I don't know for AppDelete because I never tried it. I normally use AppCleaner which is free. AppCleaner is able to find only the plist file in the preferences!!! Actually this program do a simple search with the name of the program you want to delete! It's really stupid! sometimes it propose me to delete important documents!
Currently Being ModeratedJan 18, 2013 5:48 PM (in response to JohnMoooore)
Yes Adobe *****. BTW it is also a security nightmare.
I too have a major problem with printing Adobe PDF files - they just show as blank in the print preview. What a crap piece of software and to think that Adobe are trying to convince Apple to welcome them into the fold so that Mac can become just as prone to virus attack as Microsoft!!
Currently Being ModeratedJan 18, 2013 7:21 PM (in response to RegMayor)
I too have a major problem with printing Adobe PDF files - they just show as blank in the print preview.
In what? Acrobat? If that's what you mean, I assume you hit Command+P when trying to print a PDF file from within your browser? If so, that's a known, minor issue with the Acrobat browser plugin. Instead of Command+P, move the mouse towards the bottom of the browser window and a selection of buttons will appear. Click the print icon so Acrobat controls the output instead of the OS. It will print correctly.