Posts tagged "AAMEE"

CS5 and Absolute Webinar -March 1

Our deployment partners and friends at Absolute who make the cross-platform and now multi-device management solution Manage (formerly LANRev) will be co-hosting a webinar next week with us called “Simplify Adobe Creative Suite 5 Deployment using the Adobe Application Manager Enterprise Edition and Absolute Manage” or SACS5DUTAAMEEAAM for short. If you have Googled SACS5DUTAAMEEAAM and have accidentally found your way to this blog post, please take off your mittens while you type or if you are my cat and are walking across my laptop keyboard again please stop it and get off the table.

Please join us on Tuesday!

Simplify Adobe Creative Suite 5 Deployment using the Adobe Application Manager Enterprise Edition and Absolute Manage
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PT

There are also interesting webinars coming up of interest to the IT community including “Adobe Acrobat X Deployment” on March 15. You can see all the upcoming webinars and sign up at:

Jody Rodgers | Senior Product Manager | Enterprise & Volume | Creative Suite

Symantec Client Management and AAMEE

In our continuing effort to improve IT admins’ lives (cue inspiring dramatic music) we are pleased to announce another partnership with a deployment vendor, Symantec. Symantec acquired Altiris is 2007 and through that now has a powerful set of client and server management tools know as the Symantec Management Platform. Working with Symantec has been great and the first fruits of our labor is the online documentation “Using Client Management Suite to Deploy Adobe CS5” and shows a walkthrough starting out with creating a package with Adobe Application Manager Enterprise Edition (aka AAMEE.) We are also working with them on making it easier to identify and manage our software through the use of ISO 19770-2 software tagging, but that is probably the subject for another blog post about what we are doing on that front. In fact, that is probably enough on that subject for a whole series of blog posts in regards to software tagging.

Thanks again to Kyle Champlin and all the folks at Symantec who are helping make life for our combined customers easier!

As Seen On TV

I recently came home with a new food product from my local grocery store. It was some sort of vegetarian fake-chicken kiev frozen food. I wasn’t exactly sure why I had decided to try it out but I noticed when I was at home that it had a large shiny sticker on the front of the packaging that read: As Seen On TV. This seems like such a vague way to market your product these days. I mean, just because it was on TV doesn’t imply that it is good, right? And in this day and age where there are a million cable channels how hard is it to be on TV? There is probably a frozen food cooking channel these days. Actually there probably isn’t but that would be a good idea. A whole channel dedicated to those too busy or lazy to cook. Sadly, I am in the middle of that Venn diagram.

Speaking of TV, did you know Adobe has a channel? Before you grab your remote I should clarify it is on the internet. The inertnet! You know, where cats who play piano can truly shine. Adobe TV is actually a great resource for our products and we now have our own Creative Suite in the Enterprise show! Our first episode is something near and dear to my heart: Adobe Application Manager Enterprise Edition, aka AAMEE! Check out the “Deploying CS5 with AAMEE” episode here, complete with a commercial(!?!) at the start:

We’re working on additional training content, but we’d love to hear what you’d like to see or general feedback about our venture into the online video training world.

And now you have no excuse but to download and try out AAMEE today, because it has been seen on TV!

Jody Rodgers | Senior Product Manager| Enterprise & Volume | Creative Suite

AAMEE 1.2: Best Release Ever!

One of the things the Adobe Application Manager Enterprise Edition is missing is well, let’s admit it: marketing. It wouldn’t be five names long now would it if someone in Adobe’s marketing were involved? It would be something spiffy like Adobe Spiffy. We don’t have a cool icon or logo. Not likely to see an AAMEE banner ad anytime soon. We don’t even have t-shirts to promote ourselves. If we did, I guess it would have to be XL to fit the words Adobe Application Manager Enterprise Edition on it. That is why I have taken it upon myself to start marketing AAMEE and I am starting with this blog title. AAMEE 1.2: Best Release Ever! Clearly hyperbole is what we’ve been missing! Before you know it people will be using AAMEE like a verb like they do Photoshop. “I AAMEE’d that package in like 6 minutes.” Okay, probably not.

Jokes aside the AAMEE crew has been hard at work on this release. And it really is the best release. You know why? 100% of the features came from you. Every new feature with the 1.2 release was based on your feedback. Here’s what you get in 1.2:

• Packages can be deployed from mounted DMGs!
This has been requested since Day 1. Or maybe even sooner, like Hour 1. This is a nice time saver that I am glad we finally got to include.

• AIR components can now be excluded on the Mac.
Certain workflows as well as proxy servers that require manual authentication are just a couple of reasons why an IT admin might need to exclude the AIR components during the CS installation process. We have provided instructions in the new Deployment Guide on how the AIR components can be installed via command line. The biggie being the Community Help application aka CHC. I hope to do a whole blog post on this topic in the new year. There’s something to look forward to. 2011 is looking up already.

• Updates are installed directly from ZIP and DMG files.
This is a pretty great new feature. You no longer have to mount your update files. You just select the ZIP (Windows) or DMG (Mac) files directly. You can even open up a folder of downloaded updates, select all via your keyboard and important them all into AAMEE at once. Nice!

But wait, there’s more. If you download AAMEE today we’ll also throw in two other five word name IT tools for free. Yep, the companion tools to AAMEE, Adobe Provisioning Toolkit Enterprise Edition (APTEE) and Adobe Update Server Setup Tool (AUSST) are now included in the install of AAMEE 1.2. Their locations of the installed apps are listed in the Read Me.

So don’t walk, run to the Creative Suite Enterprise Deployment site where you can get AAMEE 1.2, new Read Me and a brand new updated Deployment Guide all for the low, low cost of… free:

One last marketing ploy: Wouldn’t AAMEE 1.2 make a great holiday gift?

Jody Rodgers | Product Manager| Enterprise & Volume | Creative Suite

AAMME 1.2 Preview at MacTech Conference

We don’t have a breaking news section of the blog. We should because we have some news hot off the press. (Is Adobe allowed to use a hot metal printing process method metaphor?) Okay, drum roll: We are pleased to announce that AAMEE 1.2 will be previewed at the upcoming MacTech Conference in an IT Track session!

And wait, there’s more! If you have been waiting to the last minute to decide if you are going to the conference then file this next bit of news under “good things happen to those who procrastinate until the last week before the conference and then get rewarded with a special offer.” Readers of this blog (or if you got here from a retweet) get a special discount for the MacTech Conference through this Friday 10/29/10. You can save up to $200 with an option of a bundled Apple Certification Exam, or a $100 cash discount off the $899 registration price. Space is limited, so this is first come, first served. You must use this URL for the special pricing and extended offer period:

The conference is being held in Los Angeles November 3-5. If you haven’t looked at the updated MacTech Conference lineup it has gone from awesome to awesomer, which isn’t a word. “Awesomer” should be, so I would have the proper adjective at my disposal. There’s over 40 sessions, check them out:

There is also lots of other cool events going on during the conference. I am a space geek so the evening trip to the Griffith Observatory should be cool and I am definitely checking out the iPod Touch controlled Planetary Exploration Rovers.

Hope to see you there!

Jody Rodgers | Product Manager| Enterprise & Volume | Creative Suite

Adobe CS 5 Webinar Series-JAMF Casper & AAMEE

Two deployment vendor related posts in the same day. “Double posts! What does it all mean?” you might ask. Well it means that I have been super busy and I have neglected to post about tomorrow’s Adobe Creative Suite 5 Webinar Series which has the less than succinct title “Simplify Adobe Creative Suite 5 Deployment using the Adobe Application Manager Enterprise Edition and the JAMF Software Casper Suite.” A title only a product manager would love, indeed. JAMF is co-sponsoring the webinar with us and it should be quite interesting.

Hopefully the marketing folks from Adobe and JAMF have already provided you with registration info but here it is again:

Simplify Adobe Creative Suite 5 Deployment using the Adobe Application Manager Enterprise Edition and the JAMF Software Casper Suite
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PT, Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Jody Rodgers | Product Manager| Enterprise & Volume | Creative Suite

Filewave CS5 Deployment

Our partnerships with deployment vendors continue in an effort to make sure that deploying the Creative Suite applications and updates is an easy and well documented process. Filewave’s deployment and file management solutions are unique as it is file-set based, and therefore doesn’t necessarily need the Adobe Application Manager Enterprise Edition (AAMEE) to create its outputted pkg or msi files. However, AAMEE provides enterprise-specific configuration options that make it worthwhile for a Filewave admin to use AAMME. They have documented this workflow using AAMEE in their short white papers for deploying CS5 for Mac and Windows. You can get their PDFs here:

Filewave users have additional documentation on deploying CS5 and Acrobat on the Filewave Community Site.

The Filewave folks have been up to our Adobe Seattle office a couple of times recently and don’t believe us that it rains here in the fall and winter. Really, it does! They are just bringing the sunshine. Can’t fault them for that.

Jody Rodgers | Product Manager| Enterprise & Volume | Creative Suite

Adobe Enterprise Deployment Tools Upgraded & Expanded

I am happy to announce the release of the much anticipated Adobe Application Manager Enterprise Edition (AAMEE) 1.1. This release has the ability to turn our CS updates that come down from in the format of .zip files on Windows and .dmg files on Macs into MSI and PKG files for easy deployment. You can do this singularly or better yet combine them into a big bundle of updates into one MSI or PKG. Want to deploy your CS5 applications and our updates at the same time? AAMEE 1.1 can do that too. Create your own “über-package” of CS applications with their updates and deploy them at the same time with one MSI or PKG. Cool, right?

And if that weren’t enough, we have released two new deployment tools for IT admins: Adobe Provisioning Toolkit Enterprise Edition (APTEE) and Adobe Update Server Setup Tool (AUSST.) Yes, we are continuing our 5 letter acronym spree! Put the three tools names together and you almost have enough letters to play Boggle™. Both new tools are command line based and I believe you’ll find them quite helpful. The Adobe Provisioning Toolkit Enterprise Edition (APTEE) tool allows you to serialize, unserialize or reserialize installed CS applications. The Adobe Update Server Setup Tool (AUSST) allows you to configure a server on your network to become the local location for acquiring CS updates.

We’ll have blog postings that dig further into each of these tools coming soon but I wanted to let you know right away about the three tools so you can download them and their documentation.

NOTE: The Adobe Developer Connection website and new tools on them may be unavailable for a brief time in the near future for a site-based update. So…get ’em quick! Don’t worry, they will return once the revamped site goes online. The tools should be available on LWS as well.

9/13/10 6:43 PM PST UPDATE: The new Adobe Developer Connection website is up and the new tools are once again available. Sorry for anyone who was inconvenienced during the down time.

Jody Rodgers
Product Manager, Enterprise & Volume Customers
Creative Suite

Tracking CS Updates Just Got Easier

What happens when Adobe ships something as monumental in scale as CS5? Does everyone go on a long holiday? Actually not. Many folks are hard at work listening to feedback from our customers, tweaking things here and there, and fixing bugs as soon as possible. With so many applications being updated after release it is difficult for IT admins to keep track of all the updates that come out. In fact, there have already been 15 released within the CS family of applications. I am happy to announce a new website/blog that will allow for easy tracking of all Adobe Creative Suite updates. This will allow you to track all of the CS5 updates by subscribing to a RSS or Atom feed. Check it out:

Each blog post will indicate the name of the update, direct links to the Windows and Macintosh update files, size of the files, a description of the update, and any relevant links to Read Me documents, release notes, associated product blog entries, etc.

All CS5 updates are now cumulative and therefore only the latest updates will be listed. Older update blog entries will be deleted once a new update is available for that product. For instance, if Bridge 4.0.4 is made available we will delete the Bridge 4.0.3 post as it will no longer be relevant as the 4.0.4 update would be the only update needed to be deployed.

Making it easier to track updates via this new blog/website is just one of many steps we are taking to make updating the Creative Suite easier for IT admins. The next big thing will be the release of the 1.1 version of the Adobe Application Manager Enterprise Edition (AAMEE) coming out in early September and will include the ability to package CS5 updates into MSIs or PKGs either individually or in the format of multiple updates. (i.e. Adobe Photoshop CS5 12.0.1 update alone or Adobe Photoshop CS5 12.0.1 update, Device Central CS5 – 3.0.1 Update, Adobe Illustrator 15.0.1 CS5 Update, etc. all in one big MSI or PKG.) But wait, there’s more! AAMEE 1.1 will also have the ability to bundle updates in a “über-package” that also includes the installable components of CS5. (i.e. Adobe Photoshop CS5 12.0 + Adobe Photoshop CS5 12.0.1 update or… all of the Master Collection + 14* updates!)

*You noticed that didn’t you? I said there were 15 updates for CS5 but then only had 14 updates in my example. I bet when you were in school you liked to find flaws in your textbooks and point them out to your teachers in the hope of extra credit. Well, Adobe InCopy CS5 7.0.2 was released and is part of the CS5 family but not part of the Master Collection. Those that already knew that, your extra credit has been recorded.

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Jody Rodgers
Product Manager, Enterprise & Volume Customers
Creative Suite

JAMF’s Casper Suite & CS5 Deployment

Our friends from JAMF have released a tech paper entitled Simplifying Adobe Creative Suite 5 Administration with the Casper Suite. And just when you were about to head out to your summer vacation and thought you didn’t have any beach reading. JAMF’s got you covered! Nobody will kick sand in your face now that you can easily deploy CS5 to Macs across your site.

Check it out:

Jody Rodgers
Product Manager, Enterprise & Volume Customers
Creative Suite