Mar 15, 2017
Acrobat’s getting a new version number (Reader too!)
As a member of the Acrobat and Reader Deployment Team, I’d like to share some important updates regarding the upcoming versioning changes that will come into effect in our next patch.
The Acrobat team continues to deliver a major release every couple of years and we now plan to bump up the version number with our next patch.
Starting in April, 2017, all customers on the Continuous track will move from 15.xx to 17.xx after the patch is deployed. There will be no change for customers on Classic track or older versions like Acrobat/Reader XI.
New version number will appear on splash screens, MSI queries, ARP, DLL file versions, About box and application version (for Mac). SCCM/Casper will also start reporting the new version.If there are any software audit scripts that check for version number, they will start reporting 17.xx version.
Remember, if there are any patch deployment scripts which use version number checks before applying a patch, they may need changes to handle 17.xx version number.
What’s not changing?
Everything else should work as is including: installation paths, App data paths, plist paths, ActiveX controls, SCUP catalogs, SCCM etc. Also, any preferences & third party plugins installed will work as is.
Deployment methods will remain the same. This is a standard patch, just the major version of the product will change. Patches will continue to be cumulative. So you will be able to apply the 17.xx patch on any 15.xx version. Similarly, if we release 17.1.x version, you’ll be able to apply the patch on any 15.xx and any 17.x version lower than 17.1.x.
Other items to note:
- No change in ‘Name’ in LWS.
- No change to Acrobat Cleaner Tool
- Installer & patch command lines are un-changed.
- For customized deployment, the customizations will remain un-affected by the 15.xx to 17.xx update.
We would love to hear your questions or concerns on this change and if this impacts any of your existing workflows. Please fill in this short questionnaire to provide your feedback: