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    Run Adobe Acrobat Reader Directly from the CD-ROM

    Run Adobe Acrobat Reader Directly from the CD-ROM

    Document ID: IR10016
    The information in this article applies to:
    • AutoPlay Media Studio 5.0 Standard Edition
    • AutoPlay Media Studio 5.0 Professional Edition


    This article describes how to launch Adobe Acrobat Reader without installing it on the user's system.


    It is much easier to simply require your users to install the Adobe Acrobat Reader themselves from the Adobe website. You can then simply use a File.Open action to view the PDF file. If you require another option, please read the following information, but be aware that Indigo Rose can not provide you with further assistance or legal guidance on implementation details.

    1. Install Acrobat Reader (4.0 or later) onto a PC without Acrobat.
    2. Drag the \Acrobat x.x\ folder and all its contents into your distribution folder. (CD_ROOT)
      This directory is typically found in your c:\program files\adobe\ directory.

      Please note that the “Acrobat x.x” folder is not 100% compliant with some of the ISO naming standards, and therefore you may need to rename some of your files/folders.
    3. Create the folder "installer" in the "Acrobat x.x" folder, and copy the Adobe Acrobat installer there.
    4. The license provisions for Reader demand that you include:
      - The Acrobat Reader installer, exactly as provided by Adobe.
      - The Acrobat Reader Electronic End User License Agreement. (This is a .TXT file that Reader installs into \Acrobat x.x\Reader\)
      - Copyright and other proprietary notices included in Acrobat Reader. (Assuming you copy all the files in \Acrobat x.x\Reader\ folder you should have everything required, except the Acrobat Reader installer).
    5. Use the following action to open your PDF document using the reader on your CD:
      path_short = File.GetShortName(_SourceFolder);

      File.Run("Acrobat 5.0\\Reader\\AcroRd32.exe", path_short .. "\\AutoPlay\\Docs\\luabook1.pdf", "", SW_SHOWNORMAL, false);
      Please note that the acrobat reader is not installed on the user's system, it is run from your CD.

    KEYWORDS: AutoPlay Media Studio 5.0, Actions, Reboot, Install, Run

    Last reviewed: September 26, 2003
    Copyright © 2003 Indigo Rose Corporation. All rights reserved.