For the last 10 years, web browsers have been more or less capable of downloading files on their own. The worlds’ collective “downloads” folder sags in testament to this fact.
Adobe, continuing its tradition of wildly over complicating the download process, presents us with this confusing array of controls, progress meters and data – all while downloading a single file (Adobe Reader). Here we have the “Adobe Download Manager powered by getPlus”.
Some observations about this dialog (that appears to have been programatically generated?)
- Three progress meters. Three. To download a single file? Anything more than a single progress bar is exposing too much of what’s going on under the hood – none of which we need to know about.
- “A short-cut to resume download and installation from point of interruption has been placed on your desktop.” What is a “point of interruption”? Has the download been interrupted? It appears to be proceeding normally.
- Why is the icon so bloody large? It’s positively massive, dwarfing all other components in the composition.
- There’s too much confusing terminology for Adobe Reader downloaders. Unless this audience is computer scientists or software developers, because who else understands “KB/sec” or “Decompression 20.9%”? More importantly, who cares?
What if we reduced this dialog to its bare essentials? And what are those “essentials” anyway?
Progress and termination.
Look, we’ve even left the gargantuan icon in place. I had to point it out in case you missed it…