Adobe PDF Addon download

Previously I discussed the deployment of Adobe PDF Addon with a virtualized instance of Adobe Acrobat. The Adobe PDF Addon is also known as the Adobe PDF Printer or the Adobe Distiller. In the end – its a piece of software that contains a driver and therefore can not be virtualized.

Extracting this from a generic piece of Adobe Acrobat media is rather painful, if at all possible, however the Adobe Distiller (aka Adobe PDF Addon) is available as a standalone installer.

How would one retrieve this standalone installer?

Well, by an odd-chance I bypassed the Creative Cloud Packager and downloaded the Adobe FrameMaker 12 from the Adobe Licensing Website. Hidden within these source-files there is a folder named;

AdobePDFCreationAddOn11_x86_x64

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There are a few things needed to silently install this msi (distillr.msi).

Visual C++ 2010 SP1 (x64) is a prerequisite for the application.

There is a check by the installer to ensure that it is not installed standalone. Within the InstallExecuteSequence table the following CustomAction-reference needs to be removed;

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With the above in place – you are all set togo!

5 Comments

  1. IT said:

    Probably violates the license agreement…

    January 27, 2015
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    • nickekallen said:

      You are probably right!

      January 27, 2015
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  2. Hello Nicke,
    After attending your session yesterday (AppVUG), I was thrilled to sequence Acrobat (again).
    But unfortunately we don’t have Framemaker on our volume license agreement.
    After a search in our archives I found out that Adobe Robohelp (9.0) also has the Adobe PDF printer standalone installer! (Removing the CA also applies).
    Thank you for sharing this!

    March 21, 2015
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  3. Mike said:

    Hi Nick,

    This article was written quite some time ago, so I don’t know if this post is still being monitored, but thank you very much for putting this together. We are facing the same issue at my company, trying to sequence a copy of Acrobat X Pro and I have taken the “AdobePDFCreationAddOn10_en_us” file out of the Framemaker 11 package. Any time we try to combine MS Office documents we get the following error:

    “Unable to find “Adobe PDF” resource files. Do you want to run the installer in repair mode?”

    I am a little lost as to what you mean by:

    “Within the InstallExecuteSequence table the following CustomAction-reference needs to be removed”

    I cannot find the InstallExecuteSequence table anywhere within the “AdobePDFCreationAddOn10_en_us” folder anywhere.

    Some clarification on what you meant here would be greatly appreciated!

    April 21, 2019
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  4. Mike said:

    Hi Nicke,

    This article was written quite some time ago, so I don’t know if this post is still being monitored, but thank you very much for putting this together. We are facing the same issue at my company, trying to sequence a copy of Acrobat X Pro and I have taken the “AdobePDFCreationAddOn10_en_us” file out of the Framemaker 11 package. Any time we try to combine MS Office documents we get the following error:

    “Unable to find “Adobe PDF” resource files. Do you want to run the installer in repair mode?”

    I am a little lost as to what you mean by:

    “Within the InstallExecuteSequence table the following CustomAction-reference needs to be removed”

    I cannot find the InstallExecuteSequence table anywhere within the “AdobePDFCreationAddOn10_en_us” folder anywhere.

    Some clarification on what you meant here would be greatly appreciated!

    April 22, 2019
    Reply

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