Regular readers will remember my objections to the enragingly slow loading times involved in using earlier versions of Adobe's Acrobat Reader. Now a new cause for complaint. A firm known as UGS has teamed up with Adobe to make CAD models reviewable in PDF files. It is unclear whether you had to have CAD software as well - critical for us hacks because despite our beloved subject we don't as a matter of course have or need CAD software on our machines.
Wordprocessors and the latest games, yes. AutoCAD and Microstation, no.
Whatever, being able to spin the latest building around within a pdf file sounded like Christmas. Trouble is, it seems the image has to be in the JTOpen file format and you have to be using Internet Explorer. At www. jtopen.com I got 'Viewer not loaded.
This functionality requires Internet Explorer 3.0 or greater.' Love the new syntax for that hideous word 'functionality'.
Needless to say I was browsing using Firefox.
According to OneStat more than 11 per cent of internet users are browsing with Firefox, up by 2.8 per cent since April and still growing.
Internet Explorer's usage has fallen to 85 per cent. Maybe Adobe should take a look at the figures.