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Most Common Setup Type
Windows Installer (MSI)
Average Package Difficulty Rating
Rated 1 / 5 (Very Easy) based on 3 ratings
Most Commonly Reported Deployment Method
Windows Installer with Custom Transform (MST)
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You can package Adobe Reader DC (Document Cloud) in the same way as the XI.

Download the offline executable and extract the .msi

AdbeRdrxxxxxxxx.exe -nos_o"C:\MyFolder" -nos_ne

Also download the Adobe Customization Wizard DC and install it. Now you can open the AcroRead.msi and generate a Transform. After you finish you can install the new Reader with the following command.

msiexec /i AcroRead.msi transforms=AcroRead.mst /quiet /l*v %TEMP%\adobereader_DC_15.007.20033.log
Setup Information:
Setup Type: Windows Installer (Delivered as an EXE)
Deployment Method Used: Repackaged (to a setup.msi)
Deployment Difficulty: Somewhat Easy
Platform(s): Windows
  • Any clues where to get the offline executable from? Can't find it like I have for previous versions.
  • http://get.adobe.com/reader/enterprise/
  • I'm deploying this through KACE using a script to call the msi file from a zip file that contains the other needed adobe reader files. My only issue is I can't get to successfully fun when I try the transforms=acroread.mst switch. If I omit that portion then it runs fine.

    Do you have any suggestions on how to deploy this using a script with KACE?
  • Scratch that last comment. I was able to get it working by using TRANSFORMS=AcroRead.mst in the Additional Properties box in the MSI installer in KACE. Set the silent option and it worked like a charm.
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Be aware that Adobe in their infinite wisdom have decided that the tool pane that sits on the right hand side when you open the reader can not be permanently turned off in this version. So if like us you call the reader from with a program you will get the tool pane which makes it unusable for us. Adobe are aware of the issue and "it will be fixed in a future version"
Setup Information:
Setup Type: unspecified
Deployment Method Used: unspecified
Deployment Difficulty: unspecified
Platform(s): Windows
  • The visibility of the Tool pane can actually be determined by the PDF document itself (weird, I know). Also, you can customize what things appear in the Tool pane. Not what you're looking for I know, but I figured it was worth knowing.
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There is a new dialogue box on first launch....

This release makes your document productivity tasks easier and faster by enabling connected tool access and
preference management with your Adobe ID. Starting with this release you have the option to share
information with Adobe about howyou use the application, This option is turned on by default This
information is anonymous and will help us improve product quality and features. You can change the setting
anytime in the Preferences under Usage Information.

This can be controlled with these HKCU reg keys:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\CommonFiles\Usage\Reader DC]
"OptIn"=dword:00000000

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\DC\UsageMeasurement]
"bHeadlightsNoticeShown"=dword:00000001

Setup Information:
Setup Type: Windows Installer (MSI)
Deployment Method Used: Windows Installer with Custom Transform (MST)
Deployment Difficulty: Very Easy
Platform(s): Windows
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There is a blue box, from the initial dialogue, its a bit naggy, to get rid of it, deploy this HKCU key
 
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\DC\AVGeneral]
"bHideUnreadMsgAtLaunch"=dword:00000001
Setup Information:
Setup Type: Windows Installer (MSI)
Deployment Method Used: Windows Installer with Custom Transform (MST)
Deployment Difficulty: Very Easy
Platform(s): Windows
  • You can also set this key in HKLM\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\DC\AVGeneral (Create the entry if it doesn't exist). This removes the requirement for HKCU manipulation to hide this screen.
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Because we had problems printing PDF documents to the biopdf-printer, we needed to add the Reader setting "let printer determine colors"

I couldn't find any information which would be the correct registry setting though I found more than one post asking this question. So I decided to add this information here.
To add the tick to "let printer determine colors" in the advanced printing options, set
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\DC\Originals]
"sPrinterSpace"=hex:44,72,75,63,6b,65,72,2d,2f,50,6f,73,74,53,63,72,69,70,74,\
  2d,46,61,72,62,6d,61,6e,61,67,65,6d,65,6e,74,00

To remove the tick, remove this registrysetting completely.

The setting iColorHandling gets set when doing the act manually, but I could not determine any change when modifying this setting.
Setup Information:
Setup Type: unspecified
Deployment Method Used: unspecified
Deployment Difficulty: unspecified
Platform(s): Windows
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Adobe Reader DC - some of the new stuff

I was going to post this as a blog, but its not really blog material, but maybe it will fit nicely into a review..

Introduction

This seems quite a big deal for Adobe, not just a new version, but really quite a big deal. Maybe its because they are putting it out there on social media and I am picking up the alerts, see their launch page for some information.

 

The proud boasts:

Now you can drive business faster than you ever thought possible. Adobe Document Cloud — including the all-new Acrobat DC will revolutionise the way the world works with documents.

Document Cloud for IT

·         Less paper. More work.

·         People typically spend 25% of each day handling paper.

·         That's because 80% of all document processes still rely on paper.

·         With Document Cloud, you can bridge gaps in automated workflows.

·         And give your users the tools they need to work quickly and securely across platforms and devices

 

 

The installation seems pretty much the same as the last 4 or 5 major versions, a very simple install without too many options, Adobe then supply a customisation tool so enterprises can control the application a bit better.

Useful information: Customisation link
http://www.adobe.com/devnet-docs/acrobatetk/tools/Wizard/WizardDC/basics.html#wizard-installation

ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/acrobat/win/AcrobatDC/misc/CustWiz1500720033_en_US_DC.exe

 

Installing Adobe Acrobat Reader DC with the default options

 

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 Extracts to:
C:\ProgramData\Adobe\Setup\{AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-AC0F074E4100}

 

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                Click Install

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                Click Finish.

 

That’s the install done, very simple.

 

Launching Adobe Reader DC

 

By default a desktop shortcut is created, targeting:

"C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat Reader DC\Reader\AcroRd32.exe"

Launch the shortcut.

Users are greeted with a EULA prompt

 

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                Click accept

If you are an admin user, an HKLM key will be populated that is read by each new user. If this is not accepted by an Admin user (this can be configured with the configWiz) then an HKCU key is created for each user when they ‘Accept’

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\DC\AdobeViewer]
"EULA"=dword:00000001.
**This setting can be controlled in the CustWiz tool

Then this dialogue. This is a bit new

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Click the continue button and Adobe Reader DC will launch, it looks like this:

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Quite a different UI that users might not be familiar with.

The immediate concern is that Document Cloud option on the left. Most enterprises will be interested in controlling that.
Investigations have shown this can be controlled with the CustWiz.

 

Open a pdf with the default install and see these tool options….
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Most of them sound quite interesting and useful, as soon as you click them, they prompt you for the Adobe ID log in.

 

Users have the option to open and save files from the cloud. Interestingly enough the option to open from online storage is turned off by default, however the save option, brings up an Adobe dialogue box that gives the option to save to an online (Document Cloud) location.

This can be set manually in the application preferences.

 

The image below shows the default save dialogue allowing users to save to Document Cloud

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The image below shows the default settings as installed,

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Removing the bottom visible tick box, ‘show online storage when saving files’

Will display the normal windows dialogue.

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Adobe Reader DC under the hood 

Adobe Reader DC options

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For comparison the older Adobe Reader XI options

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 A simple count, there are more options available in the newer DC application, that is probably expected.

 

 The Packaged Application

Using the Adobe CustWiz, you can control a lot of the settings, obviously you will have to experiment with the settings, document them get them approved etc., before you actually release your package.

 

Using the CustWiz tools to turn off all the cloud stuff…

You get this view, which I think is better, although, arguably, a bit pointless, since you are ripping the C out of ‘DC’. But that is for another day.

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No Document Cloud option, the Add Account button is for adding SharePoint sites.

 

Tools options give you the normal Adobe Reader ones with out all those addition (at cost) options.
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Other helpful settings you may like.

 

That blue box, from the initial dialogue:

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To get rid of that, deploy this HKCU key

 

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\DC\AVGeneral]

"bHideUnreadMsgAtLaunch"=dword:00000001

 

The new dialogue that advises users:

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This can be controlled with these HKCU reg keys:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\CommonFiles\Usage\Reader DC]
"OptIn"=dword:00000000

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\DC\UsageMeasurement]
"bHeadlightsNoticeShown"=dword:00000001

Yes you need both. If you launch the application and quickly go to preferences, the Usage Information option at the bottom will not be visible. Remember as per the information in the dialogue it is enable by default.

Here is a screen shot of the options from the ‘Online Services and Features’ in the CustWiz. Remember, test, find out what settings you need and what functions your users may require.

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