Hi all. Fresh face, trying to grasp some of what I've been reading the past few days. Want to create a custom distro for Adobe Reader 6.0.2 for our network.

I've been trying to install InstallShield Tuner as mentioned on several threads and listed on the ewall.org website. Seems to install fine. However, its looking for an itw file, which doesn't seem to exist anywhere on the system. Attempted using a nul file and it fails to read the tmp files its creating in the system temp directory. Probably wasn't a good idea. However, I'm not finding any documentation regarding the ITW files that its looking for.

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Rob Watt
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Rob,

My suggestion here is to stay away from TUNER - its shit - you can create a transform form within developer - it works a hell of alot better. TUNER Creates extra features and and extra table entrys and sometimes breaks the Transforms when you save them. Try Developer menu and New transforms - they work muich better

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Coco
Answered 08/11/2004 by: Cocopq
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OK then, let me approach this from an almost complete newbie standpoint. The only MSTs I've ever created were for OfficeXP through the Office Resource kit. What is freely available to create and modify MSTs to use the applications?

I can use the InstallShield through MSDN. However, I'd have no licenses to use it for any distributions on our network. Thats why I'm trying to find tools that are free and readily available.
Answered 08/11/2004 by: Rob_Watt
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Ah now I get you, Wel you could download an evualtion version of INstallshield and using that - just remove the dialog that pops up saying u packaged it with an eluvation version or the same with wise. or try ORCA its free and you can create transforms. I be in this game for 3 years so its a good tool
Answered 08/11/2004 by: Cocopq
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I used the InstallShield Tuner just to figure out the Registry settings I needed, which Adobe doesn't really publish anywhere else... then I pretty much threw away the transform that it had made, and created my own with Wise.

I guess if you're unfamiliar with editing Windows Installer MSIs, it can be pretty messy... but fortunately you don't have too much to do: just add a few Registry entries and change the conditions on some custom actions. Perhaps the free MaSai Editor would to the trick?
Answered 08/18/2004 by: ewall
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Yeah, there are many advantages of Tuner as listed by the Ledge. I wouldnt write it off so quickly. Also, I wouldnt advocate using an evaluation version of any tool, because once the evaluation period expires....Your application will cease to function.

3 years in the game? What is this? An advertisement for EA sports!?
Answered 10/26/2004 by: dm1
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I beg to differ, Tuner has been a very good application for me, I have created at least 60 transform files with version 6 alone with absolutely no problems, I find that most of the problems are in the vendor supplied MSI files, rather than Tuner.
Answered 10/26/2004 by: cdupuis
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For what it's worth - Wise now seem to be giving InstallTailor away for free:

http://www.wise.com/installtailor.asp?bhcp=1

I've only tried the InstallShield Tuner once and that was enough to put me off - that's just my personal opinion though..

Personally I use Orca and the MSITran utility to create my transforms - but InstallTailor will be more user friendly..

Good luck,
Rob.
Answered 10/27/2004 by: MSIPackager
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Hi all. Fresh face, trying to grasp some of what I've been reading the past few days. Want to create a custom distro for Adobe Reader 6.0.2 for our network.

Rob_Watt,

I want to make sure you know that the direction this thread took is not at all typical or representative of the quality of discussions that take place here at AppDeploy. There are some really great people here who are so very willing to share their knowledge and experience. This site certainly continues to be an invaluable resource to me.

I hope you continue to participate with both questions and answers.


Craig --<>.
Answered 10/27/2004 by: craig16229
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I have edited the thread accordingly, I will further monitor the thread to prevent this type of behavior on the boards, as Craig said, this is not representative of the maturity level of the users of Appdeploy.com.
Answered 10/27/2004 by: cdupuis
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Rob_Watt, the ITW file you are missing is part of the Installshield tuner product, you may need to redownload it and recreate the mst file. You can get the Tuner for Acrobat from here http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/deployment.html

I hope this helps, there are also very detailed instructions available here
http://itninja.com/link/acrobat-reader-6.0-deployment-notes-from-the-field

Just ignore the wise script entries, unless that is how you want to do it. The Adobe Acrobat tuner product is full version and is OEM software licensed from installshiled by adobe to aid their customers in deploying Acrobat reader across an enterprise.
Answered 10/27/2004 by: cdupuis
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