IT Departments Can Now Customize Acrobat to Meet Enterprise Needs

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., November 4, 2003 – InstallShield® Software Corporation today announced that Adobe Systems Incorporated has released InstallShield Tuner™ 6.0 for the Adobe® Acrobat® 6.0 software family, giving IT departments the ability to customize Acrobat prior to enterprise deployment.

Businesses depend on the Acrobat 6.0 family to simplify processes through the efficient exchange of critical documents. However, IT managers often need to customize Acrobat prior to deployment to meet corporate standards. InstallShield Tuner provides a graphical user interface (GUI) to the Acrobat Installer that enables systems administrators to make, save and invoke modifications to the installer.

“It’s crucial that our customers have the ability to fine tune Acrobat for custom corporate settings prior to enterprise deployment,” said David Stromfeld, Acrobat product management, Adobe. “By offering InstallShield Tuner, we’re providing customers a fully integrated, tested solution for creating transforms and customizing Adobe solutions to meet their needs.”

Benefits to IT Departments

With InstallShield Tuner for the Acrobat 6.0 family, IT departments can:

Turn off auto-update and online registration, so users cannot independently update or register the application.

Specify a silent install, including pre-specifying company name and serial number.

Customize Acrobat prior to installing, including Adobe PDF creation and security settings.

Remove shortcuts from the Desktop and Start menu.

Lock down certain settings to prevent end users from altering them.

Package the customized version of Acrobat for deployment via SMS, the network or FTP.

“Adobe continues to respond to customer needs through enhancements and modifications to make Acrobat even easier to distribute and use,” said Viresh Bhatia, CEO of InstallShield. “InstallShield Tuner is an efficient way for Adobe to provide their customers the ability to smoothly adapt and deploy Acrobat in the enterprise.”

About InstallShield Tuner

When InstallShield Tuner is bundled with an application, software vendors provide their customers with the ability to easily customize that application prior to deployment. InstallShield Tuner allows systems administrators to “tune” applications and suite installations, customizing files, registry entries, shortcuts and other elements that will install on the desktops in their organizations. Systems administrators can meet their exact deployment needs while avoiding unnecessary repackaging. Tuner can be customized to only work with certain portions of an application and to contain unique branding elements, giving the software vendors additional control. Many enterprise software developers such as IBM include InstallShield Tuner with their products. More information about Tuner is available at

About InstallShield Software Corp.

InstallShield Software Corp. is the acknowledged leader in software installation, deployment packaging, and updating solutions. The company offers a wide range of products and services that guarantee the successful distribution, management and set up of applications for independent software vendors, systems administrators and end users. InstallShield was founded in 1987, and is headquartered near Chicago in Schaumburg, Ill., with European headquarters in Bristol, England. For more information, visit