***UPDATE: In order to deploy Foxit 5 or later you need to obtain the Foxit Enterprise Reader. Please see this article to deploy Foxit version 5 or later.***
Is bloat ever a good thing? I’m trying to find an example where the phrase “I feel bloated” can be stated where the implication wouldn’t be negative.
If you would like to deploy a PDF reader app to your users without all the bloat that Adobe Reader often brings you could certainly do worse than Foxit Reader. I won’t say that there are NO strings attached as the default installation of the free reader throws some unnecessary crap that I certainly don’t want. (An eBay icon on my desktop? Oh please may I have that on all my computers?!) A slight customization to the deployment will take care of these inconveniences, though.
You can download Foxit Reader here. To install to your network computers follow these steps: (In this example I am using PDQ Deploy 1.1 which is, at this time,
available as a free beta).
- Open up PDQ Deploy and Create a new Installer. In this example I called the new installer Foxit Reader.
- Add the appropriate arguments to your installation. To get a Usage window you can run the Foxit Reader (outside of PDQ Deploy) and pass it the /? argument. For this example I wanted to install Foxit WITHOUT placing the eBay icon on the target desktop and WITHOUT installing the Foxit Toolbar. My command line arguments ended up being “/disallow /foxitbar /ebay”.
- Select your target computers.
- Deploy it baby!
You may notice that I listed the return code “1” as a successful return code. In my tests the Foxit installer returned code 1 for all of my successful deployments. Generally, exit code “1” is a bad thing.
If you do need to deploy Adobe Acrobat Reader, (you like that bloated feeling, eh?) refer to Shawn’s previous article.
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