Posts tagged "JAMF"

JAMF Composer 2007-2012 R.I.P.

Okay, JAMF’s Composer has not died. I don’t even think 2007 was its release date either. That was just a cheap gripping, tabloid style sensationalist headline to get you to read this post. Truth of the matter Composer, JAMF’s packaging tool has a long life ahead of it. And it has been a valuable asset to Mac IT admins who support Adobe products since the CS3 days. In fact back in the CS3 and CS4 days it was Composer that made packaging CS a possibility on the Mac platform. JAMF stepped up and really did a great service to the community by offering this as an option and it was a good introduction for a lot of people to the great people at JAMF who do more than just create tools for packaging.

With the CS6 release Composer’s functionality as a tool for packaging the Creative Suite has though indeed come to an untimely demise. Adobe has introduced two new requirements with CS6 that impact Composer’s ability to package CS6: the validation/creation of the Adobe ID and the validation of the volume serial number. Neither one of these can be done by Composer and therefore Adobe’s own CS packaging solution Adobe Application Manager Enterprise Edition (AAMEE) 3.0 needs to be used. Of course there is other value in using AAMEE 3.0 including the ability to customize the package for your environment and disable the pesky new activation.

I would like to say that on hearing this change, the folks at JAMF were completely supportive about this shift and made sure to help us get the word out. They allowed us to speak at their National User Conference last year and a couple of West Coast Regional Conference events where we previewed these changes and there were no riots. I do not believe that anyone at JAMF shed a tear on hearing this news. Except maybe one JAMF instructor who I will not name, but hint: his first name is the same as a famous jazz trumpeter. I think he’ll miss teaching the packaging of CS with Composer. Time will heal.

We want to thank JAMF for publishing the tech note on how to use AAMEE 3.0 with the Casper Suite entitled “Administering Adobe Creative Suite 6 with the Casper Suite”  which they released in conjunction with AAMEE 3.0’s official release yesterday. This documentation is a great resource for anyone who is starting out using these solutions or seasoned pro.

There is great potential in using JAMF’s full set of tools to better manage your Adobe software. One example of this is the possibility of using our new Remote Update Manager tool in conjunction with their Self Service application. How cool would it be to have a button in Self Service that said Update All My CS Apps?

Thanks again to our partners at JAMF! Long live Composer!

Jody Rodgers | Sr. Product Manager | Enterprise + Volume | CS + CCM | Adobe

Taking PS Touch to the Masses with JAMF Casper Suite

Last month PS Touch for the iPad hit the streets to much acclaim. The iPad is truly becoming an essential tool in the creative process. Sure, it was already a super important device in the realm of distraction and general stalling. Speaking of, have you played Angry Birds Space HD? Amazing! Seriously, those annoying pigs are in S-P-A-C-E. How can I be expected to complete my work when their smug little green pig faces are laughing at me on a moon or hiding in the middle of an asteroid field?

So how are you going to get PS Touch or the other upcoming iPad apps from Adobe (Collage & Debut) out to folks in your design and marketing departments? To your classrooms? Queue the dramatic music and shine the spotlight on those large cutout letters of MDM sitting on the stage. That is right, Mobile Device Management (MDM) will make you, the tireless/tired IT admin the hero of this new decade the way desktop deployment solutions made you the heros of the last decade. Hyperbole? Okay, maybe a little. But the workplace of 2012 is changing fast and MDM is becoming essential.

With that long intro, I am happy to announce that one of our deployment and MDM partners, JAMF Software, has published documentation Administering Adobe Photoshop Touch with the Casper Suite  which details how purchase via Apple’s Volume Purchase Program also known by its street name, VPP. Then the document details how to deploy through two methods: personal and institutional ownership models. The institutional method uses the newly released Apple Configurator tool. BTW, a shout out to Apple for birthing that tool! And last but not least, the document covers reporting; viewing redeemed VPP codes and tracking the devices that have PS Touch installed.

I want to thank the many folks at JAMF who put this document together and helped us create a clear path for our combined customers. It is so great to have a clear path outlined like this. Speaking of clear paths, I see a direct clear path to smashing down the barricades of some pigs…gotta go!

Jody Rodgers | Senior Product Manager | Enterprise + Volume | Creative Suite | Adobe Systems

Keeping It Local- JAMF SF Regional User Conference

For those JAMF admins in the Bay Area I have a treat for you if you meet one of these criteria:

1) You didn’t attend the JAMF National User Conference last month

2) Attended the conference but had a session schedule conflict preventing you for seeing our talk

3) Attended our talk but fell asleep right when I said “Hello Minneapolis!”

You guessed it, I am bringing our talk from the National User Conference, lovingly called “Integrating Adobe’s IT Tools into Your Casper Suite Workflow” to the San Francisco JAMF User Conference next week. But don’t worry, I am not going to repeat the same presentation. I am going to make it local. So whereas I made an analogy around the CS installation process to the Saturn V rockets of the Apollo mission, I will replace the rocket metaphor with a Mission-style burrito. Specifically Papalote burritos. And if I make some random mention of beer in the talk (as I am apt to do) I will make sure that I don’t screw up and make mention of Minneapolis’ Surly Furious but instead will use Speakeasy’s Prohibition Ale as my beer stand-in of choice. See, totally different talk!

Actually, Karl Gibson, our awesome CS Enterprise Systems Engineer from Dublin, will not be in attendance. So sadly the talk will feature 85% less Irish accent action. I’ll try and fake an Irish accent during the Q&A. But I will keep that local too, making mention of the Irish Bank pub on Mark Lane which is one of my favorite pubs. Not sure how that will fit into the Q&A, but we’ll see.

December 8
Madrone Studio
Main Level Studio
3:15-4:15 PM
Integrating Adobe’s IT Tools into Your Casper Suite Workflow

To sign up or more info:

http://jamfsoftware.com/events/user-conferences/regional-user-conference-san-francisco-2011-12-08

See you there!

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

Representin’ At The JAMF National User Conference


That’s right, we’ll be all over that JAMF National User Conference this week! We are not just crashing this party, we are actually a sponsor so we might have to pay for something if we break it. You’ll be able to catch myself and Karl Gibson, our Enterprise Systems Engineer, at one of three events: a BOAF, a talk, and a lively lab/feedback session. Let me give you a head’s up: they’ll be some Adobe prizes given away at all three!

Here’s the breakdown:

Tuesday Nov 8th- 6pm
Managing Creative Suite Birds Of A Feather
Zelo, located at 831 Nicollet Mall
http://www.zelomn.com/

Wednesday Nov 9th- 2:15pm
Integrating Adobe’s IT Tools into Your Casper Suite Workflow
Dowling Studio -Level 9

Wednesday Nov 9th-3:45pm
Lab Time and Feedback Session with Adobe
Cargill Classroom -Level 8

Session Schedule
http://jamfsoftware.com/events/user-conferences/national-user-conference-2011/sessions

See you at Minneapolis!

Updated JAMF Casper Tech Paper & JAMF Conference

Not sure how, but I failed to announce the recent release of JAMF’s newly updated tech paper “Simplifying Adobe CS5 and CS5.5 Administration with the Casper Suite” document. This has been updated for CS 5.5 and AAMEE 2.x.:

http://jamfsoftware.com/solutions/adobe-creative-suite/

Speaking of JAMF, they are holding their National User Conference this November in Minneapolis. Spoiler Alert: I’m totally going to be there. I’ll be the one with the AAMEE shirt on. And if you see me the next day, I’ll be the one with a slightly less clean AAMEE shirt on. (I’m packing light.)

I’ve never been to Minneapolis and I am excited. Home to some cool tech places, like my friends at Code 42 and (of course) JAMF. But also home to some of my all time musical faves: The Replacements, Hüsker Dü and Prince. One of my favorite design shops, Aesthetic Apparatus, is there. Plus Minneapolis has a neighborhood called Dinkytown. How awesome is that? Hope to see some of you there!

http://www.jamfsoftware.com/events/user-conferences/national-user-conference-2011/

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

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:

http://www.adobevents.com/eSeminars/2010/CasperSuite/JAMF/invite.html

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

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