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;



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;


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


  1. IT said:

    Probably violates the license agreement…

    January 27, 2015
    • nickekallen said:

      You are probably right!

      January 27, 2015
  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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