May 21, 2010
Growl Installation with Adobe CS5
Yashodhan is a product manager for the Out Of Box Experience (OOBE) efforts here at Adobe.
Adobe CS5 is installing the Growl Pref Pane when you install any CS5 Suite or Point Product. We added Growl notifications to remind users to claim their complimentary benefits for registering their product and to update their Adobe.com profiles. Complimentary benefits include things like “30 days of lynda.com online video training”, “PhotoTools 2.5 plug-in”, etc. To see a list of all registration benefits please go to http://registrationbenefits.adobe.com/benefits/
We realize that this is causing a lot of consternation with both CS5 and Growl users. We should have been more transparent and made Growl an optional install. We made a mistake and are actively working to mitigate the problem. Adobe is engaging the Growl team and will keep them updated on any changes that might impact them in the future. Our engineering team is reviewing options and will be addressing some of your concerns in upcoming updates.
In the mean time, please follow the link @ http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/840/cpsid_84093.html to get more details on how to remove Growl or disable these notifications. Disabling notifications or removing Growl has no impact on how CS5 applications work.
For enterprise IT administrators who do not wish to have Growl installed, we are making changes to the Enterprise Toolkit to disable Growl. The Enterprise Toolkit is being rebranded as the Adobe Application Manager Enterprise Edition (AAMEE) for CS5. AAMEE for CS5 will be available as a free download in early June. More information about the AAMEE tool can be found at http://www.adobe.com/devnet/creativesuite/enterprisedeployment.html
Checking the “Disable product registration reminders” checkbox in AAMEE will turn off notification and the Growl Preference Pane will not be installed on the user’s machine in that case.
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