I bought photoshop CS4 (standard) and like to customise my installs. For instance, I only care about Photoshop and the fonts that it comes with, not needing any of the additional superduper programs that make sense if you use multiple adobe suite programs, or require funky little utilities. However, I cannot turn these off when I pick "custom install" in the installer. More interestingly is the fact that I can turn off Drive, for instance, but not the 64 bit version of Drive, because they're not grouped; one is a component, the other a supporting component.
Except it's not necessary.
Version Cue and Updater, I can understand being supporting components, but why are Kuler, Drive, Connect, etc. not uncheckable? How do I prevent these things from hitting my computer, short of making a 32 bit virtual machine, installing a clean windows, network-attaching ThinApp, sandbox installing only the 32 bit version of photoshop and discarding all the stuff I didn't want, then turning that installation into a thinapp for actual use (which is a pretty big hassle =)
I don't mind that Photoshop comes with all of this, but I do mind not being able to say "no, I bought this, I know what I want" when I indicate that with the "custom install" option. How do I make everything selectable/unselectable?
I recall CS3 letting you modify the payload xml file so that the installer didn't pretend to know what required components were so required you couldn't unselect them (most of which were completely unnecessary), but this method doesn't work for CS4. Options? What can I do to make the installer do what *I* want, rather than what Adobe wants? They already have my money, they don't need to control how many irrelevant apps end up on my harddisk =)
- Mike Kamermans
Try this google, 5th link down:
that's about silent installation, not about taking explicit control over what gets installed. I found some information on http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&q=Customizing+Adobe+CS4+Installation &btnG=Search&meta=&aq=f&oq= using the first result, but this still leaves some components annoyingly nested in the "supporting components" list (csi for x64, drive x64, search for help, service manager extension, connect and kuler), without the option to turn them off (I don't need to install kuler, it's freely available online, and I certainly don't need anything called "connect" without even the term "adobe" in it. What does it do? no mention. Who is it by? no mention. Why do I need it? no mention)
Any idea how to get these last components listed as actual components rather than as assumed-you-want-them components?
Right, it took a bit but I ended up figuring out how to install what *I* want, rather than what Adobe wants, and it required editing a number of files.
All the dependencies that are not marked as "critical" in the proxy payload XML files for Bridge3All, CSIAll, Photoshop11-Core and Photoshop11-Core x64 need to be commented off, prior to running the installer. This will give you the ability to uncheck everything (except for Drive x64, which can be turned off by turning off the 32 bit version of Drive, so no loss there).
In order to just get Photoshop installed without all the unwanted/unnecessary components, the only things that need to be checked are:
- CMaps (required for proper typesetting for fonts with CID maps, which you care about even if you don't know what that means)
- All Color specifications
- Photoshop (obviously)
- Type Support (lets you type text in photoshop. rather essential)
- XMP Panels (required for the user inferface)
Optional, but recommended:
- Fonts (quite a number of good fonts, no reason not to install these)
- Photoshop Support
- Search for Help
- Commoncolor components (if you care about synchronised/calibrated color work)
- Update Manager (updates are good)
And my world is now happy again, with just the things I need installed, and all the things I couldn't care less about still safely untouched on the Photoshop DVD rather than my hard disk.
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