De-Clouding Adobe Acrobat DC

Adobe has updated their Acrobat Pro app with a new version, Adobe Acrobat DC. The DC stands for Document Cloud.

Adobe has this to say when asked “What is Adobe Acrobat DC?”

Acrobat DC with Adobe Document Cloud is the complete PDF solution for working anywhere with your most important documents. All-new Acrobat DC is totally reimagined with a stunningly simple user experience that works consistently across desktop, mobile, and the web – including touch enabled devices.

Here are just a few things you can do with Acrobat DC:

  • Work anywhere. Create, edit, comment, and sign with the new Acrobat DC mobile app. And use Mobile Link to access recent files across desktop, web, and mobile.
  • Edit anything. Instantly edit PDFs and scanned documents as naturally as any other file with revolutionary new imaging technology.
  • Replace ink signatures. Send, track, manage, and store signed documents with a built-in e-signature service.
  • Protect important documents. Prevent others from copying or editing sensitive information in PDFs.
  • Eliminate overnight envelopes. Send, track, and confirm delivery of documents electronically.

That all sounds great, but if you work in education or with Lab machines, this whole cloud business is a right pain in the butt. Luckily Adobe have a Customisation “Wizard” that will edit the Acrobat DC installer package to remove all the cloudy stuff.

Using it though is not super straight forward so here are the steps I used to successfully create a package we were able to deploy.

First up, I will assume that you have already created an Adobe Creative Cloud package with the Creative Cloud Packager tool from Adobe and have a package sitting in a build folder like this:

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Step 1.

Get the Customisation wizard app ->

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Step 2.

Launch the Acrobat Customization Wizard DC

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Now Locate the installer, this is the bit that tripped me up at first. I thought I would simply provide the package that CCP gave me. But no, you need to dig into the CCP package and find the actual Adobe Acrobat DC package

So click on the CCP package and choose show contents and locate the Adobe Acrobat DC package like this:

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Now click on the Locate Installer button and drag the Acrobat DC Installer.pkg to the dialog box

Fill out your serial number and choose the options you wish to customise like this:

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Hit ok and you will be asked where you wish to save the output package, I chose to put it on my Desktop so I can move it around easily later

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Hit save and the Wizard will go ahead and fix the installer package

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Step 3.

Now we just need to replace the old Acrobat DC installer in the CCP package with the new one thats on the Desktop, simply drag it into the Acrobat DC folder and choose to replace the existing item

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And thats it!


Now when you install the Adobe CC package Acrobat DC’s cloudy goodness will be disabled and your users who are behind authenticated proxies will rejoice in the fact there are no nagging prompts and first run screens




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