CS5 Repackaging Guide

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These are directions for packaging Adobe CS5 for use with InstaDMG Only (or any other modular image process).  You cannot use this method if other adobe products are already installed, it will break their licensing.

The Acrobat 9 Pro Self-Heal Article was found on Google and modified for this guide.

Make Package using Composer[edit]

The first step is to make the install package using Composer or any other packaging add that does Snapshot packages well.  You will want to mount all the DMGs of the software you want to install and have the serial #s ready.  (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash and Acrobat 9 Pro for the purposes of this guide).

Note: Composer now has a "Pre-Installed Software" Package manifest for CS5 and CS5.5. This method is highly suggested as it ensures that no packaging kruft is missed by a human. If you choose to use this method, it is probably incompatible with the Acrobat 9 bundled with this CS5 bundled guide and should be used separately from Acrobat 9.""

In Composer, you will do the follow these steps:

  1. Open Composer, authenticate, and select "New and Modified Snapshot."
  2. Composer will make a snapshot of all the current files and modified dates.  This will take a few minutes.
  3. After it finishes the Snapshot, install all the applications and updates you would like to have in the package.
  4. Open Acrobat 9 Pro, enter the licensing information and tell it to never register. Acrobat will self heal upon first open. Open Distiller as well so it self-heals. Open both of them again to be sure that it doesn't prompt for username/password.
  5. Open any of the Adobe products and run the updater from the Help menu. Install all updates.
  6. Open the Adobe Help.app in /Applications/Adobe/. On first run, it will prompt to update. When I ran the update, I got an error at the end of the process, but it still updated it properly.
  7. Open each and every Adobe app that was installed to ensure that none of them need to self heal and to confirm the licensing works correctly.
  8. After you are happy that they are all working correctly, click "Build Package" in Composer and it will create another snapshot, compare them and put the files that were changed into the main composer window.
  9. Take the following files from the current user's Preference folder (/Users/currentuser/Library/Preferences/) and add them to the default user template (/System/Library/User Template/English.lproj/Library/Preferences/)
    • com.adobe.118.registration
    • com.adobe.acrobat.90.sh.plist
    • com.adobe.Acrobat.Pro_x86_9.0.plist
  10. Look through the files that are in the composer window and remove the unnecessary files. Common examples are samba logs, apple remote desktop related things, etc.
  11. There is one* thing left to do in order to make Acrobat Pro/Distiller work properly. We need to fix the self-heal files so that the apps don't try to self heal when you open them. See this page for how to fix the self-heal issue: Suppress Acrobat 9 Pro Self-Heal
  12. After the self heal edits are made, generate an Apple Package and test it out. Acrobat Pro 9 should open for non-admins without trying to self heal.

* If you desire to turn off auto/manual adobe updates and disable CSLive as well, this must be done before you build the package. Here are the adobe KBs regarding these topics: