Sunday, June 13, 2010

Adobe reader customization and deployment

Adobe Customization Wizard 9


Adobe Customization Wizard 9 is a free downloadable utility designed to help IT professionals take greater control of enterprise-wide deployments of Adobe® Acrobat® 9 and Adobe Reader® 9. With it you can customize the Acrobat installer and application features prior to deployment. Providing a graphical interface to the Windows Installer for Acrobat, the Customization Wizard enables IT administrators to:


  • Modify the installer via a transform file (MST file) without altering the original package (MSI file)


  • Customize the look and feel of Acrobat or Reader before deployment to meet the unique needs of your user base

Adobe Customization Wizard 9 works with the Adobe Acrobat 9 family:

  • Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Extended

  • Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro

  • Adobe Acrobat 9 Standard

  • Adobe Reader 9

Key features: 


  • Optimize the behavior of the installer by including silent installation, preserialization, multilingual, and custom setup choices


  • Remove previous versions of Acrobat and Reader


  • Suppress the EULA, registration prompts, and the Getting Started window


  • Customize key application preferences — turn off automatic updates, add and set default job options, and customize collaboration and security settings


  • Remove shortcuts from the desktop and the Start menu


  • Edit each Adobe Acrobat application's registry and installer tables


  • Customize file attachment handling within PDF files, including specifying which file types you want to block


  • Add or edit files that will be installed, including customized JavaScript or plug-ins


  • Preconfigure Acrobat Connect and disable it


  • Preconfigure and lock Enhanced Security settings


  • Deploy custom Portfolio navigators


  • Add or remove custom redaction code sets


  • And much more!


Key benefits: 


  • Save time and reduce the amount of editing needed to customize the Installer


  • Take advantage of a more intuitive user interface to customize the Installer


  • Manage and control the enterprise environment



Extracting the Adobe Reader 9.x MSI installer for enterprise deployment

Adobe Reader 9.x uses technology from Netopsystems Ltd. called NOSSO to highly compress the installer for efficient web distribution. This document is intended to assist IT professionals in "unpacking" the NOSSO-wrapped .msi installer so that standard tools, including the Adobe Customization Wizard 9, can be used to cutomize and distribute Adobe Reader 9 within the enterprise.

Extract the Adobe Reader 9.x installation files

Extract the Adobe Reader 9.x installation files from the compressed executable:

  1. Obtain Adobe Reader 9.x by filling out an Adobe Reader Redistribution Agreement at

  2. Download the AdbeRdr9x_en_US.exe from the link in the confirmation email you recieve after filling out the distribution agreement and save the file to your desktop.

  3. Choose Start > Run.

  4. In the Open text box, type: "%UserProfile%\Desktop\AdbeRdr9x_en_US.exe" -nos_ne.

  5. Click OK to start decompressing the file.

  6. When the Adobe Reader 9.x Setup screen clears, browse to the following location
    %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Setup Files

  7. Drag the READER9 folder to your desktop. This folder contains AcroRead.msi and files needed for installation.
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