"Unified" 64-bit Adobe Acrobat/Reader DC isn't really unified
Tl;dr: The new 64-bit version of Acrobat should work as Reader when not logged-in/assigned a license.
In the era of work-from-home we now have all of our users logging into a multi user terminal server.
On this server we recently installed the 64-bit version of Adobe since it's where the industry is moving to; however, we then discovered that once Adobe "upgrades" itself from Reader mode to Acrobat mode all of our reader only users cannot access the product.
Since it is not possible to install both the 64-bit version of Acrobat and Reader, since they install to the same folder, this makes the 64-bit version of Acrobat/Reader unusable in our organization.
The new 64-bit Adobe Acrobat/Reader should only activate the Acrobat features if a user is logged in with a license.
For now we will go back to using the 32-bit version.
EVG IT commented
Hey everyone I finally found the documentation from Adobe!
"If Acrobat should launch in reduced mode AND you’d like users to access all Acrobat features via the menu Help > Sign in, then the following preferences must be set:"
Create the following Dword "bIsSCReducedModeEnforcedEx" under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Adobe Acrobat\DC\FeatureLockDown" and set the value to 1.
Or use the Customization Wizard and enable "Suppress Sign-in"
This should really be the default behavior IMO... Why it isn't we'll probably never know...
PDF Reader and Editor on the same computer is a must. I use 5-6 computers every day, and open several PDFs every day too. At the same time I also edit, convert or export a PDF a few times a week. In periods I use PS, PR, LR and ID on either my home computer, laptop, workshop computer or one of the office computers. It's really a hassle having to log in and out only to open a random PDF, and even more so if you have to annotate or sign one. It doesn't make any sense for Adobe not to promote using both plain reader and pro versions on the same box. Appears very backwards. There might be a technical hitch in the way, but it must be possible for Adobe developers to get around it. Please Adobe Santa, can I have it for xmas?
I vote for this feature. My use of Acrobat is as follows:
- 02 laptops share the same Acrobat DC PRO Continuous license, which is possible based on "one at a time".
- When a laptop uses Acrobat DC PRO, the other laptop uses Acrobat Reader.
This configuration is possible with version 32-bit, but now, only one application among Acrobat PRO 64-bit and Reader 64-bit will be installed, I can't use the above use case.