Application of the Week – Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

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Although web browsers like Chrome, Firefox and Edge have an integrated PDF reader, probably one of the first applications one wants to have after unboxing a Windows device and its initial usage is a dedicated PDF reader. Within the Liquit Setup Store we provide different PDF readers. Out of these Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, Foxit Reader, PDF-XChange Editor and SumatraPDF are the most popular ones. For this blog I’ve picked the most popular one: Adobe Acrobat Reader DC.

As an organization when you want to deploy Acrobat Reader DC using Liquit Workspace, please be advised to read this Adobe FAQ first. Let’s pick two topics from the ‘Enterprise deployment’ section and discuss these along the way:

– What’s the difference between Continuous and Classic tracks?
– What is the Acrobat Reader DC MUI version?

First let’s see what the Setup Store contains when we search for ‘reader dc’:

That lists nine setups and updates. The reason why you only see ‘Dutch’, ‘French’ and ‘English’ versions for ‘Reader DC’ in this list is because my Liquit Setup Store connector is configured to only show the setups for these languages when multiple language versions are available in the store:

So if you’re from Finland, check the ‘Finnish’ checkbox, uncheck ‘Dutch’ and ‘French’ and then the Finnish version for Adobe Acrobat Reader DC will show up in the list too. Setups for languages which have been deselected will not show anymore.

If you want to use the ‘Classic Track’ for Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, be aware that that track is only available when you opt for the MUI version.

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Adobe Acrobat Reader MUI is Adobe’s Multilingual User Interface version of Reader, which lets you roll out Acrobat Reader using a single installation. Local users can then select a user interface language, let Adobe Reader handle this automatically based on your Windows locale or it can be set by group policies. This setup is labeled as ‘Reader DC (MUI)’ in the Setup Store.

Let’s create a managed package for the English version of Adobe Acrobat Reader DC in Liquit Workspace using the Setup Store connector:

  • Click Manage, Connector, then select the Setup Store connector
  • Click Resources and search for ‘reader dc
  • Select ‘Reader DC (English)
  • Click ‘Create Package
  • In the Details screen opt for ‘Adobe Reader DC (English)’ for the package name, click ‘Next’
  • In the Customize screen click the ‘Configure’ option.
    This will show what we call a ‘Configuration Wizard’. For MSI setups we provided these wizards in Liquit Release & Patch, both when using the Setup Store connector and Liquit Setup Commander.
    With this wizard you can configure Acrobat Reader using enterprise best practice settings. We already preconfigured this wizard using settings which are typical for enterprise deployment.
    Click ‘Next‘ after you’re done with the configuration.
  • In the Entitlements screen add the users you want to assign this package to, click ‘Next
  • In the Summary screen uncheck the ‘Modify package after creation
  • Click ‘Finish

Now you’re ready to deploy Acrobat Reader DC.

Updating Acrobat Reader DC needs an additional managed package though. Because Adobe uses what are called ‘MSP’-files (Microsoft Windows Installer Patch files) to update Adobe Reader DC installations. That’s why MSP’s are flagged as ‘Update’ in the Type column:

Creating a managed package for the corresponding update:

  • When you want to update Acrobat Reader DC MUI with continuous track updates you need the ‘Reader DC update – Multilingual (MUI) installer‘ update
  • When you want to update Acrobat Reader Reader DC MUI with classic track updates you need the ‘Reader DC Classic Track update – Multilingual (MUI)‘ update.
  • When you want to update Acrobat Reader Reader DC with continuous track updates you need the ‘Reader DC update – All languages‘ update which is what I’m going to use for my second managed package.

Using the Setup Store connector:

  • Click Manage, Connector, then select the Setup Store connector
  • Click Resources and search for ‘reader dc
  • Select ‘ Reader DC update – All languages
  • Click ‘Create Package
  • In the Details screen opt for ‘Adobe Reader DC update – All languages’ for the package name, click ‘Next’
  • In the Customize screen the ‘Configure’ option is greyed out, because there’s nothing to configure when we’re dealing with a MSP file.
  • In the Entitlements screen add the users you want to assign this package to, click ‘Next
  • In the Summary screen uncheck the ‘Modify package after creation’ checkbox
  • Click ‘Finish

There are a few things can you do additionally with these packages. Since you probably want to deploy Adobe Acrobat Reader DC on every device, you can set the publish option within the entitlement to ‘Forced’. In my example this means this package will be installed in the Workspace of ‘Everyone’:

The other option you can do within the ‘Adobe Reader DC update – All languages’ package is to insert an additional action set ‘Prerequisites’. This action set has one ‘Install package’ action which checks for the installation of ‘Adobe Reader DC (English)’.

That creates a dependency on ‘Adobe Reader DC update – All languages’ for the ‘Adobe Reader DC (English)’ package:

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