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Downloaded RH 9 trial version and now Acrobat has disappeared

Jul 1, 2011 10:36 AM

Hi all,

 

I have had Adobe Acrobat installed for years and use it all the time.  Have also had RH X5 installed on the same PC all along.  I downloaded the trial version of RH 9  and now find that all the icons for PDFs have changed to the icon you see when there's no application associated to the file.  And if I try to open a PDF I get a message telling me the file can't be opened unless I have the application installed.  And when I look in my program files in Windows Explorer, there is not longer an Acrobat folder.  Is it possible that the download of RH 9 somehow wiped out my Acrobat?  I have the Acrobat CD so could reinstall, but am hesitant until I understand what the problem might be.

 

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

 

Diane

 
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    Jul 4, 2011 1:00 AM   in reply to dlengland

    Not sure here. I could understand it if the PDF tool that ships with RoboHelp 9 had replaced Acrobat, although I would have been surprised. The problem here though is that it has not replaced Acrobat.

     

    If you go to print any file from any application, you should see a PDF program in the list of printers. Do you see anything?

     


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    Jul 4, 2011 9:12 AM   in reply to dlengland

    Hi Diane

     

    Just a guess here but my thought is that Acrobat really didn't need to be reinstalled. Likely something simply clobbered the file association in Windows. Exactly what, we may never know for certain. Likely you could have simply double-clicked the icon with the generic look, then navigated to the Acrobat executable and reassociated and things would have been fine.

     

    Cheers... Rick

     

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    Jul 11, 2011 10:41 AM   in reply to dlengland

    FYI - "best practices" has it that you shouldn't have both the Reader and Distiller on the same machine.

     
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    Jul 25, 2012 2:20 AM   in reply to dlengland

    Dear God! Did you happen to find out why this happened? Only yesterday I downloaded the RH9 trial version and, as you said, Acrobat gone... I will try to have it re-installed, but now I am affraid to download the RH10 trial version, as I work with Acrobat everyday, I cannot afford to just have it disappear on me.

     
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    Jul 25, 2012 2:34 AM   in reply to Kocs_Zita

    I think you are going to need to take this one up with Adobe.

     

    As I said much earlier in the thread, my thinking was that RoboHelp installed it's own lite version and that had somehow clobbered the full version. That said, it is not what I would expect, simply a thought as to what might have happened.

     

    Also it is worth noting that this is the only thread I have seen about this problem.

     

    When you installed Rh, did you elect to customise the installation and then deselect the installation of the lite version of Acrobat? If not, may that is what has caused this. I run several machines with Acrobat and installing Rh has never clobbered Acrobat.

     

    Now that you have lost Acrobat I think you will need to also uninstall Rh, reinstall Acrobat and then install Rh as above.

     

    If you need to come back here, knowing the version might help.

     


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    Jul 25, 2012 2:37 AM   in reply to Peter Grainge

    Heavens! I uninstalled the RH9 trial version and will get the Acrobat re-installed. However, I really need to test the new RH 10, so I will be on the lookout for any problems. I will post here if I make any discovery during the installation. Thank you!

     
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    Jul 25, 2012 4:03 AM   in reply to Kocs_Zita

    While installin Rh 10,make sure you uncheck Adobe PDF Add on that comes with it.,

     
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    Jul 25, 2012 4:10 AM   in reply to Harry28586

    Yes, thank you! Will do that, it's just that I cannot even get the download to start... I've got the Akamai download manager, but when I start the download, it asks me for a download folder. No matter what folder i chose from my PC, an error message appears: Unable to Save File ---------- Please try again to save to a different location. But, no matter what location I select, the error message returns... this is getting rather frustrating

     
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    Jul 25, 2012 4:53 AM   in reply to Kocs_Zita

    Kocs_Zita,

     

    I am assuming the Acrobat version that you have been using is < Acrobat 9. RoboHelp 9 has a PDF Add-On v9. So if someone has an older version of Acrobat installed and chooses to install RH9 (with PDF ADD On option selected), Acrobat 9 will get uninstalled.

     

    Similarly, RH10 ships with PDF Add-On v10. Anyone having Acrobat version older than 10, should uncheck the PDF Add-On option during installation to avoid uninstall of Acrobat. This is the behavior Acrobat/PDF Add-On impose on the products using them.

     

    Thanks,

    ~Mohit Arora

     
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    Jul 25, 2012 4:57 AM   in reply to Mohit Arora

    Hi Mohit Arora,

     

    Yes, that must have been the problem, as I am using Acrobat 8. I must have overlooked that issue. I will be much more careful, if I ever manage to install the RH10 trial version. For now, I am blocked...

     
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    Jul 25, 2012 5:00 AM   in reply to Kocs_Zita

    Are you blocked while downloading the RH10 trial? Can you try that on some other machine at your workplace or home, because I just tried downloading the RH 10 trial and its working fine at my end.

     

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    ~Mohit Arora

     
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    Jul 25, 2012 5:41 AM   in reply to Mohit Arora

    Mohit

     

    That's very useful to know. Follow on question. If someone has Acrobat X (10), should they still deselect the Add-On or is the Add-On something RoboHelp requires to make it play nicely with Acrobat X?

     


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    Jul 25, 2012 6:35 AM   in reply to Peter Grainge

    In such a case, PDF Add-On which comes with RH and the one in Acrobat X would be same and everything should work smoothly without Acrobat getting uninstalled.

     

    ~Mohit Arora

     
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    Jul 25, 2012 8:11 AM   in reply to Mohit Arora

    Hi  Kocs_Zita,

     

    If you and anybody else is not able to download Rh 10 and getting error while downloading,i am providing the direct links and instructions to use it:-

     

    1)Goto this link https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/tdrc/index.cfm?loc=en_us&product=robohel p

    2)When you are at the page where you see the trial download for Rh10 copy the first link below and paste it in the address bar and press enter and save it to your desktop and do the same with the second link i have given below.

     

    http://trials3.adobe.com/AdobeProducts/RBHP/10/win32/RoboHelp_10_WWEFD J.7z

    http://trials3.adobe.com/AdobeProducts/RBHP/10/win32/RoboHelp_10_WWEFD J.exe

     

    3)Once you have downloaded both the links to your desktop,run the exe and install Rh 10 .

     

     

    Harpreet.

     
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    Jul 25, 2012 9:18 PM   in reply to Peter Grainge

    Yes Peter, your understanding is absolutely correct.  I am copying this reply on forum as well for everyone else to have better understanding.

     

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    ~Mohit Arora

     
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    Jul 25, 2012 9:53 PM   in reply to Mohit Arora

    I wanted to include Peter's email as well but seems it didn't appear here. I am quoting Peter's understanding of this behaviour (for everyone else as well) below which is correct:

     

     

    "I understand that if you have Acrobat X, ticking the option when installing Rh10 will not uninstall Acrobat X, only earlier versions.

    I'm reading your reply as meaning that if you have Acrobat X installed, it does not matter whether or not you tick the option when installing Rh10.

    The only time you must tick the option if you want PDF functionality is if you do not have Acrobat X.

    Have I got it right please?
    "

     

    Thanks,

    Mohit Arora

     
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    Jul 26, 2012 11:50 PM   in reply to Harry28586

    Hi Harpreet,

     

    Thank you a million for your post.

    I tried it again this morning, and when I copy one of the two links in the address bar and press enter, it tells me File not found. This happened with Firefox, then I tried IE, which said Access denied, you don't have permission to access....

    I don't understand... the original download, I don't think it's blocked on my computer, as the download window appears and I should only chose the destination path. That is where the problem is, no matter which path, what folder I select, it tells me Unable to save and that I should select a different location. Which I do, and it all starts all over again. I guess it's a local problem, if everybody else can download.

     
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    Jul 27, 2012 1:36 AM   in reply to Kocs_Zita

    So, I got one of my colleagues to download for me and copied from his PC. I have Windows XP and he has Windows 7, could that be the reason? Anyways, I got RH 10 trial running, so a lot of experimenting ahead! Thank you all for all your help!! Have a great weekend! Zita

     
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    Jul 27, 2012 2:50 AM   in reply to Kocs_Zita

    Nope, it's the same download for all systems. Once you have a download, you can install it on any of the supported operating systems.

     


    See www.grainge.org for RoboHelp and Authoring tips

     

     

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    Jul 27, 2012 7:17 AM   in reply to Kocs_Zita

    Hi,

    The links above both have a space in them (before the J), so if you copy the link and paste it into your browser, it won't work until you remove that.

    Regards,

    Feebeegeebee

     
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    Nov 2, 2012 1:46 PM   in reply to dlengland

    Great googley moogley!

     

    I have Adobe Pro v7 and recently installed RoboHelp v10. I didn't realize until I tried to open a .pdf that my Adobe Pro was uninstalled by RH. So I tried re-installing Adobe Pro, and kept getting a message to the effect that I already have an Adobe reader that is a more recent version, so no install for me!

     

    So I uninstalled the .pdf add-on from RoboHelp and re-installed Adobe Pro. NOW, though, RoboHelp 10 crashes whenever I try to generate .pdf versions of my project!

     

    I need the editing capabilities of Adobe Pro, but I also have to be able to generate .pdf from RoboHelp. Is there a way I can install the add-on and still keep Adobe Pro?

    
     
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    Nov 2, 2012 2:21 PM   in reply to Lady_Jag

    Your Pro v. 7 is too old for RH 10 to handle - I think you'll have to end up getting RH10 & Pro X (or XI now) - it may be cheaper to get TCS4 as a bundle.

     
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    Nov 2, 2012 2:37 PM   in reply to Lady_Jag

    Hi there

     

    Adobe has 100+ different applications.

     

    Just to clarify, when you say "Adobe Pro", are you meaning Acrobat?

     

    Cheers... Rick

     
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    Nov 5, 2012 5:58 AM   in reply to Captiv8r

    Hi, Rick!

    Yes, by "Adobe Pro" I mean "Adobe Acrobat Professional" that enables me to create/edit .pdfs.

     

    My employer just sprung for RH10...I really hope I don't have to go back and ask for them to buy a ProX license too!

    I'm hoping there's a way to have both Pro and the add-on installed without asking for more $$.

     
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    Nov 5, 2012 7:13 AM   in reply to Lady_Jag

    Your options are to use the PDF Add-on that ships with Rh10 or to also purchase Acrobat XI. As Jeff has pointed out, it might have been a close thing on cost for the two packages and the whole suite. Did you buy Rh direct? If you did, maybe you can persuade Adobe to let you upgrade somehow.

     

    The PDF Add-on is not needed if you have Pro. It's one or the other. What do you need to do in Pro?

     


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    Nov 5, 2012 7:43 AM   in reply to Peter Grainge

    Drat! I was afraid of that.

    I still need Pro to create .pdfs for Release Notes and other projects and also to be able to view .pdf reports that our internal system produces (although I'm sure Acrobat Reader will allow me to view these.)

     

    Seems strange that Adobe would create an add-on that uninstalls the full version of one of its other licensed products.

     
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    Nov 5, 2012 8:34 AM   in reply to Lady_Jag

    The installer is usually very good at turning off the Add-in when the Pro version already exists – but as you’ve found out, stuff can happen that messes that up. I suspect that your version of distiller was just too old to be recognized by the installer.

     
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    Nov 5, 2012 12:43 PM   in reply to Jeff_Coatsworth

    @Jeff

     

    What happens is if it finds an old version of Pro, the add-on is ticked and that strips the old version of Pro. Neat! NOT. In my book it should throw a warning explaining what is going to happen.

     


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