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    Hello,

    I'm new to the "product on a CD" business. Just discovered
    the IR product line. Before purchasing, I was hoping
    that someone could please verify that the AMS will so what
    I want...which is:

    1. Check for existance of adobe acrobat reader 5.0 (or 5.1)
    Install it from the CD if necessary.

    2. Check for existance of apple QT6. Install from CD if
    necessary.

    3. Open my .pdf in the Reader (whether it did the install or
    not).

    This should all happen automatically for the user, with little
    or no prompting.

    From what I've read on the forum, it seems that checking for
    presence or absence of an app (and version) is do-able. But
    can you check for 2 apps (or more) and still autorun?

    Is this difficult to configure. Since I write s/w for a living (but
    not for windows) I'm tempted to just write it myself. But if
    AMS allows me to do this quickly and robustly, it would be
    worth it (I think). "Quickly" meaning a half day or so.

    Thanks for any help. I appreciate it. If I can ever
    contribute to this forum, I will.

    Jim

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    Re: a queston on AMS functionality

    AMS is very easy to work with and can do all that you asked and more. The detection of Acrobat Reader and QT are straight forward and there are items on this UBB that you can search for or find it in the knowledgebase or help files. To answer your questions:


    1. Check for existance of adobe acrobat reader 5.0 (or 5.1) Install it from the CD if necessary.
    Look here for the detection part.


    2. Check for existance of apple QT6. Install from CD if necessary.
    Same as the above, more or less. But instead of looking for .pdf you will look for the default viewer of .mov. Look here for a knowledgebase article on a QT.dll that will help in detecting the version.


    3. Open my .pdf in the Reader (whether it did the install or not).
    You can open a .pdf from Acrobat on the CD or on the users system. Look here and here and here


    This should all happen automatically for the user, with little or no prompting.
    Can do see the above referenced pages


    Is this difficult to configure. Since I write s/w for a living (but not for windows) I'm tempted to just write it myself. But if
    AMS allows me to do this quickly and robustly, it would be worth it (I think). "Quickly" meaning a half day or so.
    I don't write code, but this application was easy to pick up and work with. You should be able to whip something together in half a day once you figure out the ropes. And the figuring out the ropes part, ramping up, is not long at all, especially with all the helpful people on this board. If you are trying to figure something out, come here, do a search (here and in the knowledgebase) and if you don't find what you want post a question. This board is responsive to peoples questions.

    Tigger
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      Re: a queston on AMS functionality

      TJ,

      Wow. Thanks! You weren't kidding about the helpfulness of
      the forum.

      Sounds like AMS is the way to go.

      Thanks.

      Jim

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