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Advanced Customization Wizard: Show Page

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The presentation below is the second in a series that covers topics relevant to IT, this one covers advanced tips and tricks for the Adobe Customization Wizard X. Click on the image preview to open the presentation in another window.

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Advanced Customization Wizard: Show Page

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Wow! I’ve been wanting this for a while now and it’s finally happened. Adobe Acrobat and Reader X SCUP catalogs are now available through the Microsoft SCUP Partner page. Microsoft is also adding us to the Partner Catalog Finder dialog within the SCUP application.

See Third-Party Custom Catalogs for Configuration Manager 2007 and System Center Essentials 2007

SCUP Catalog for Acrobat and Reader X now Available

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With the release of our 10.0.1 update, we included download locations for our first SCUP catalogs. You can download them from the following URLs:

http://armmf.adobe.com/arm-manifests/win/SCUP/Acrobat10_Catalog.cab
http://armmf.adobe.com/arm-manifests/win/SCUP/Reader10_Catalog.cab

You’ll find instructions for deploying updates using SCUP and SCCM in our Enterprise Administration Guide which is available on the Enterprise Administration page.

You can read a longer version of this article on the Adobe Reader blog.

Customization Wizard for Acrobat and Reader X Now Available

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The Adobe Customization Wizard for Acrobat and Reader X is now available. If you need to deploy Adobe Acrobat X or the Adobe Reader X on Windows platforms, The Adobe Customization Wizard enables you to customize the Windows installer for Acrobat
products prior to deployment across an enterprise. The Wizard is a free downloadable utility designed to help IT professionals take greater control of enterprise-wide deployments of any of the Acrobat family of products including Reader.

Download the Enterprise Administration Guide for the Acrobat Family of Products
Download the Adobe Customization Wizard X

Adobe Acrobat X and Creating FIPS Compliance

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I’ve been getting a few questions lately asking if Acrobat X is FIPS compliant. The short answer is “Yes” – but, on Windows, IT Administrators can take even further action to put Acrobat into FIPS mode which will actually change the way Acrobat X works to help keep users compliant. The information below is an excerpt from the Digital Signatures & Rights Management in the Acrobat Family of Products.

Acrobat and Reader can provide encryption via the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 mode. FIPS 140 is a cryptographic security standard used by the federal government and others requiring higher degrees of security. Through registry configuration it is possible to force Acrobat to use only FIPS 140-certified cryptographic libraries. Doing so only affects the production and not the
consumption of PDF files, and it only affects encryption and digital signature workflows.

When the FIPS mode is on, Acrobat X encryption uses the Crypto-C ME 3.0.0.1 encryption module with FIPS 140-2 validation certificate 1092.

FIPS mode changes the default behavior of Acrobat X in the following ways:

  • FIPS-compliant algorithms are always used.
  • Self-signed certificate creation is disabled. In FIPS mode, users cannot create self-signed certificates.
  • Signing with non-FIPS supported algorithms results in an error message; that is, signing fails if the
    document hash algorithm (digest method) is set to MD5 or RIPEMD160.
  • Password security is turned off. Users can apply certificate or Adobe LiveCycle Right Management
    Server security using the AES encryption algorithm to a document, but password encryption is
    disabled.
  • When applying certificate security, the RC4 encryption algorithm is not allowed.
  • Documents protected with non-FIPS compliant algorithms cannot be saved.

FIPS mode cannot be toggled from the preferences panel; you must use the registry. To turn FIPS mode on set the following registry key to 1.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\10.0\AVGeneral\bFIPSMode

This setting is a Windows only feature. On the Mac, enabling the FIPS mode plist setting will limit the supported algorithms for new documents to those allowed per FIPS standards but due to lack of FIPS certified cryptography options on the Mac platform, Acrobat and Reader do not currently use a FIPS certified implementation.

Download the “Administrator’s Information Manager” for a list of all registry and plist options and documentation.

Office 2010/64-bit and Acrobat X

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UPDATE: Acrobat X, Version 10.1 now supports the 64-bit version of Microsoft Office 2010.

The information below is no longer accurate.

I’ve been hearing a lot of concerns from customers that Acrobat X doesn’t support the 64-bit version of Microsoft Office 2010. At the end of this post is a link to a Microsoft technote that provides some insight on this issue.

One thing to point out, the PDF Makers which add the Acrobat Ribbon to Office 2010 are built as “Office add-ins”. Acrobat add-ins to Office are 32-bit and hence will not work with 64-bit edition of Office 2010. We decided not to support 64-bit Office since Microsoft’s recommendation and the default installation for Office 2010 is 32-bit.

The 32-bit version of Office 2010 is the recommended option for most users, because it prevents potential compatibility issues with other 32-bit applications, specifically third-party add-ins that are available only for 32-bit operating systems.

NOTE The 64-bit version of Office 2010 is not compatible with any other 32-bit version of Office programs. As a result, you must first uninstall all 32-bit versions of Office programs before you install the 64-bit version of Office 2010. The Office 2010 disc includes both 32- and 64-bit versions of Office 2010. To install 64-bit Office 2010, you must run Setup.exe from the x64 folder. For more information, see Install the 64-bit version of Office.

  • ActiveX controls library, ComCtl Any solutions that use these controls do not work. No good alternatives are available for some of these controls.
  • Third-party ActiveX controls and add-ins – None of these work with the 64-bit version of Office.

If you want to be able to use the Acrobat Ribbon in Office 2010, you will need to install the 32-bit version of Office 2010, which is the Microsoft recommendation.

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The Enterprise Administration Guide for the Acrobat Family of Products has been updated to include information on Adobe Acrobat X. The guide is specifically designed for administrators and other enterprise IT professionals. It is not intended for end users. Most of the details in it pertain to registry and plist level preferences and enterprise technologies, and many also require administrator privileges and tools to use.

Download the Enterprise Administration Guide for the Acrobat Family of Products
Go to the Enterprise Administration | Acrobat Family of Products page.

SCCM and SCUP Catalog Deployments for Acrobat and Reader X

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No more headaches over updating and patching Adobe Acrobat or Reader.

With the release of Acrobat and Reader X, managing updates and patches is easy. Adobe will soon supply a System Center Updates Publisher (SCUP) catalog so that administrators may more easily deploy and manage Acrobat and Reader X clients across the enterprise.

SCCM and SCUP Catalog Deployments for Acrobat and Reader X

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On October 18th 2010, Adobe announced Acrobat X and that it would be available within 30 days of the announcement. We’re getting close. In preparation for this revolutionary release, I’ve compiled a list of five things you should be thinking about now, so that your deployment is as seamless as possible.

5 Things to Think About Before Deploying Adobe Reader or Acrobat X

Knowledge Base article updated for Reader and Acrobat 9.4

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We recently updated Adobe Acrobat and Reader to version 9.4. For those of you in charge of deploying these products, we’ve updated the Knowledge Base article detailing the patch sequence and other configuration issues. Please take a look.

Read Update and deploy Acrobat and Reader