3   Getting started

3.1   Wizard installation

The Wizard is available as a free download. To use it, do the following:

  1. Download the installer.
  2. Run CustWiz1100-en_US.exe.
  3. At the Welcome screen, choose Next.
  4. Accept the license agreement, and choose Next.
  5. Verify the install location, and choose Next.
  6. Choose Install.
  7. Choose Finish.

3.2   Workspace views

The Wizard workspace is made up of five elements:

  • The left-hand navigation bar links to configuration panels you use to modify installation settings. Icon links are product sensitive in that they will not display unless that feature is supported by the product. If you do not see a link in the navigation bar, then the setting is not available for installation file you’ve opened.
  • The main work area on the right displays the installation settings, with fields where you can specify options.
  • The help tip bar below the main work area contains context-sensitive assistance for optimizing your use of the Customization Wizard.
  • The status bar at the bottom of the workspace displays system information.
  • The tool bar at the top of the workspace contains selected Customization Wizard command options.

These elements can be toggled on an off. To adjust the current view:

  1. Choose View.
  2. Select an element to add to or remove from the workspace.

Note

The title bar, menu bar, and main work area are always available. You cannot remove them from the workspace.

3.3   Starting a Project

3.3.1   Expanding EXE packages

The Wizard works with MSI files. If you’ve downloaded an EXE file, expand it as described below to obtain an MSI and other needed files.

  1. Open a command prompt.
  2. Expand the MSI package with a set of command line switches. The general form of the command to convert a Nosso-compressed file to an MSI package is:
<user-specified installation path>\AdbeRdr<version>_<locale code>.exe
[<Nosso, 7-zip, or Adobe switches>...]

Note

For example, the following command specifies that no files are to be executed after the expansion or installation, and the resulting files are to be placed in a folder named “Reader9”:

<user-specified installation path>\AdbeRdr90_en_US.exe
-nos_o"MyFolder" -nos_ne

Note

Do not use an existing directory, and do not leave any spaces after -nos_o or -sfx_o command. Note that the compression technology changed from Nosso to 7-zip with 10.0.

The command in specifies that no files are to be executed after extracting Reader 9.0 files. The installer will not run after expanding the files to a directory named “Reader9”.

Expanding EXEs: Nosso compressed

<user-specified installation path>\AdbeRdr90_en_US.exe
-nos_o"MyFolder" -nos_ne

The command in specifies that no files are to be executed after extracting Reader 10.0.1 files. The installer will not run after expanding the files to a directory named “Extract”.

Expanding EXEs: 7-zip compressed

AdbeRdr1001_en_US.exe -sfx_ne -sfx_o"<some path>\Extract
Switches for expanding the Nosso installer
Nosso switch (9.x) 7-zip switch (10.x) Description
-nos_ne -sfx_ne Do not execute any file after installation (overrides the -e switch) This switch should be used if user only wants to extract the installer contents and not run the installer.
-nos_nd -sfx_nd Do not delete files after installation (overrides the -r switch) The -r switch uses the existing folder and overwrites the extraction files to the same folder without creating an additional extraction folder.
-nos_o -sfx_o Specifies the name of folder where the contents of the expanded package are to be placed. The folder name should be enclosed in quotation marks. It is best if you do not use an existing folder, and there should be no space following the -nos_o. For example: <path>\AdbeRdr90_en_US.exe -nos_o"TestFolder" -nos_ne. The default output folder is %TEMPDIR%/Adobe <Productname>.
  -sfx_va Validates the decompression of the deliverables.

3.3.1.1   Loading an installer file

To get started, open the package in the installation directory.

  1. Archive a version of the downloaded MSI or MSP file and back it up. Do not modify this file. Only modify a copy of the file.
  2. Open the Customization Wizard.
  3. Choose File > Open Package or press CTRL+O.
  4. Browse to locate the product installation directory.
  5. Select the file to modify.
  6. Choose Open.

The package settings are now accessible in the Customization Wizard workspace. You can create a copy of the transform file for use in another package, or you can load a different transform file, if you have created one in a separate directory.

3.3.1.2   Open a recent project

If you have recently opened a package, you can access it quickly from the shortcut on the File menu.

  • Choose Start > Programs > Adobe Customization Wizard.
  • Choose File > Open Package or press CTRL+O, and click the file name from the shortcut list.

The package settings are now accessible in the Customization Wizard workspace. You can create a copy of the transform file for use in another package, or you can load a different transform file, if you have created one in a separate directory.

3.3.1.3   Loading a transform file

To apply a transform file associated with another project to your current project:

  1. Choose Transform > Load Transform.
  2. In the Open dialog box, browse to find the file location, and then select the transform file name.
  3. When you are done, choose Open.
  4. To apply the newly loaded installation settings to the open project, choose File > Save or press CTRL+S.

Note

If the transform file is not located in the same directory as the project file, the Customization Wizard generates a copy of the transform file in the same directory when you save the project (.msi) file.

3.3.1.4   Saving a project

When you are finished making changes to your installation settings, save your customized installation settings in the Installer.msi file by choosing File > Save (or press CTRL+S). The Wizard saves your custom settings in the associated transform (.mst) file and updates the project (.msi) file and setup.ini file in the same directory.

  • If the setup.ini file is not located in the same directory as the project file, you will see an error message when you try to save the file. But if the transform file is not located in the same directory as the project file, the Customization Wizard will create a copy in the same directory as the.msi file.
  • If the setup.ini file is not located in the same directory as the project file, you will see a message indicating that you cannot save the project (.msi) file.

Once the project is saved, the resulting SKU is ready for mass deployment by choosing your desired deployment methodology. For example, you can simply run setup.exe.

3.3.1.5   Pre deployment file verification

As part of the installation customization process, the Customization Wizard modifies three files which must be located in the same directory:

  • Project file (.msi): Enables the executable file (setup.exe) associated with the application you are installing. The.msi file is also referred to as the package.
  • Transform file (.mst): Contains your modifications to the installation settings and any files added to the.msi file. The Customization Wizard creates or updates a transform file every time you save an.msi file.
  • Setup.ini file: Contains initialization data for the package. Some Adobe and MSI properties are written to this file. You can manually edit this file to add more properties and features. For details, see the Enterprise Administration Guide.

3.3.1.6   Reset installation settings

To restore an edited package to its default settings:

  1. Choose File > Reset Package to Adobe default.
  2. Choose Yes to confirm.

3.4   Multiple installations

If you have multiple installation scenarios in your organization, you can specify multiple sets of installation settings in separate transform files. You do not need to create and store a complete package for each scenario. Instead, you can create a standard package and store multiple transform files in a separate directory. When you are ready to run an installation, open the project file, and load the transform file containing the installation settings you want to use.