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    Office 2003 and Adobe (Office 2003 Pro)

    Have just installed Office 2003 Pro and find that Adobe pdfMaker is not compatible. A visit to the Adobe forum indicates that there is no update and some very unhappy Adobe users. I thought I might install Office XP on my slave drive to regain the Adobe functionality. Has anyone successfully run the two versions of Office on the same machine? Any hints to make the process go smoothly?
    Did I read somewhere that MS is to produce its own pdf conversion software?
    Many thanks in anticipation for your wise advice
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    Re: Office 2003 and Adobe (Office 2003 Pro)

    As always, if you want to install two versions of Office on the same machine, you must install the older version first. So you would have to uninstall Office 2003 copmpletely, then install Office XP, and finally re-install Office 2003. They shouldn't be in the same folder, but that shoudln't be a problem since you planned to use a different drive for Office XP.

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    Re: Office 2003 and Adobe (Office 2003 Pro)

    I don't have full Acrobat, but I understand that you have the option to use either the Distiller or another more integrated method. Does the Distiller work?

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    Re: Office 2003 and Adobe (Office 2003 Pro)

    Thank you both for your responses. I must confess that I am so used to using PDFMaker that I forgot about Distiller, and was delighted to find that it does work to create pdf files from Word docs and PowerPoint files, which can then be edited as normally using Adobe.
    Aside from the absence of the PDFMaker option in Office documents and PowerPoint files, an attempt to open a Word document using the "open as Adobe pdf" command from within Adobe gave an error message stating that the Word doc was not a supported file type!
    However , for those who are disappointed at the current lack of full compatibility between Adobe and Office 2003, the use Distiller will resolve the problem.

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    Re: Office 2003 and Adobe (Office 2003 Pro)

    I found that Acrobat would not even install the files when I had Office 2003 installed.
    I got useless responses in the Adobe forums.

    Perhaps I was just early in asking the question.
    Have others chimed into the discussion?

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    Re: Office 2003 and Adobe (Office 2003 Pro)

    1. Two versions of Office cannot FULLY co-exist on the same bootable system.
    2. You cannot have two versions of Outlook on a system.

    I use multiple boot system, with different version of Office in each to avoid tose issues.

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    Re: Office 2003 and Adobe (Office 2003 Pro)

    Yes distiller printer works.

    Actually, I'd never use PDFMaker anyway, it's always been buggy.
    Of course, those that care to include the links, bookmarks, etc, in a Word document, do need the equivalent of PDFmaker.

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    Re: Office 2003 and Adobe (Office 2003 Pro)

    Dianne--

    As to two versions of Office, a different folder is always good advice but I have some additional info and with all respect due to Howard who has provided me a lot of good info certainly two versions of Office can exist on the same computer except Outlook of course and I not only have the links I have an email answer from the Program Manager Assistance and Worldwide Service Microsoft Office as well--also if you drill into Woody's books for Office 2003 or XP he does an excellent job of explaining this and many other install issues:

    Multiple Versions of Office on Same Computer: Yes You Can! Here's How! Including Confirmation from the Home Office of Office Eric Lawrence Program Manager Office Worldwide:

    828956: Running Multiple Versions of Microsoft Office with Office 2003

    827471: Previous Office Programs and Tools Are Still Installed After You Install Office 2003

    234788: HOWTO: Find the Installation Path of an Office 2000 or an Office XP or an Office 2003 Application

    292491: Office Automation When Multiple Versions Are Installed

    As to the set up screens in Office 2003 or OfficeXP for that matter--several people tested this repeatedly and they make it easy for you to have coexisting versions and it isn't necessary to specify a different folder--setup will give you the option to install more than one version:

    Per tests using Office 2k3 Student Edition:
    If you choose Custom Install, you will eventually see a screen with
    following choices:
    Remove all previous versions
    Keep all previous versions
    Remove only the following apps (lists found/installed previous versions)

    Also, there is a summary/review screen before any changes are made.

    Also even if you don't choose custom install in the setup for Office 2003, or Office XP it's not going to remove components of a version/ older edition for which you have no replacement. This was tested with

    Win XP Pro computer which had Office 2k apps: Word, Excel, FPage,
    Access
    Inserted Office 2k3 Student Edition (does not have Access or FPage)

    Text on the "Type of installation" screen:
    Recommended Install
    Upgrade "...and remove previous versions of Office from your computer"
    (it is the default)
    or choose another type:
    Complete install
    Minimal install
    Typical install
    Custom install

    If you selected Upgrade
    Access 2k and FPage 2k were still functional after install

    Installing Office 2003 production editions as anend user will not remove apps of older production
    version Office apps, for which your Office 2003 CD does not have a replacement.

    __________________________________________________ _____________________________
    This is from Eric Lawrence, Program Manager Assistance and Worldwide Service for Microsoft Office:
    __________________________________________________ _____________________________

    I think it goes something like this:

    Installing ANY Office2003 application will result in the removal of all
    pre-release versions (beta) of all Office 2003 applications. (So, install
    Publisher 2003 from the store, and Frontpage 2003 Beta will be removed).

    Installing the Office2003 version of a given application will OFFER to
    remove the prior version (e.g. Install Word 2003 and it will offer to remove
    Word2002).

    A previous version of an Office applications will NOT be uninstalled if
    you're not installing the 2003 version of that specific program (E.g.
    Installing Word 2003 will not remove FrontPage 2002).

    Thanks,

    Eric Lawrence
    Program Manager
    Assistance and Worldwide Services

    __________________________________________________ ___________________________

    hth,

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    Re: Office 2003 and Adobe (Office 2003 Pro)

    Dianne--

    At MS meeting today I tossed the Adobe problem to 2 experienced presenters for Office and Business Solutions who also participate in Office Launch presentations, and mentioned that you were seeing similar things on Adobe groups--they thought this problem might be coming from a broken "link-up" that occurs between Adobe (with PDF maker comp.) and suggested that you uninstall Adobe and reinstall--that it might be correct this. Also that there might be an Adobe update to help remedy but apparently not. Little to lose trying this but time. MS has no plans to make it's own pdf conversion software currently, but never say never. These KB's may provide some helpful information:

    820757: Error Message When You Use Adobe Acrobat in an Office 2003 Program

    826209: HOW TO: Convert Adobe Acrobat Reader (*.pdf) Files to Word 2003

    How to Configure Adobe Acrobat Distiller to Work with Publisher 2003

    826855: After You Upgrade to Word 2003, Adobe Acrobat Buttons Are Missing or Do Not Work, or You Receive an Error Message

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    Re: Office 2003 and Adobe (Office 2003 Pro)

    Once again, I do appreciate your time and effort in seeking answers for me.
    I had tried the method suggested in KB 826855 to get the Adobe buttons back into Word 2003, without realising that there was a KB on the topic, and it didn't work the first time. However, today the Adobe PDFMaker buttons appeared. It seems that it isn't a permanent fix, but must be done each time the Adobe function is needed in different documents. Not a major problem, as it is needed only occasionally.
    The advice given in KB820757(renaming the pdfmaker.ppa file) won't work for me, but will try again.
    KB826209 ( how to convert pdf files to Word 2003) works well enough, but I use Abbyy Fine Reader Pro for this function- a very useful tool, with a much more accurate output.
    Thank you for all your input.
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    Re: Office 2003 and Adobe (Office 2003 Pro)

    I am using Office XP Pro with Adobe Acrobat 6.0 Pro. I had the similar problem of PDF button missing from the Word tool bar area since Acrobat 5.0. After trying most remedies suggested by the Adobe forum, the PDF button had been reluctant to be seen in the tool bar area most time. This problem made me impossible to create PDF from Word without losing the web links in the documents.

    Finally I found that the launch of Outlook, which was set to use Microsoft Word as the email editor, will block the displaying of PDF button in Word. The only way to keep the PDF button in Word is to launch Word before launching Outlook, if I want to keep using Word as the email editor in Outlook.

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    Re: Office 2003 and Adobe (Office 2003 Pro)

    <img src=/S/whisper.gif border=0 alt=whisper width=29 height=17> PageMaker is a completely different and unrelated thing to the PDFmaker component of Acrobat.

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    Re: Office 2003 and Adobe (Office 2003 Pro)

    Dianne--

    Realizing this may be simplistic, but also the guys I talked with at the MS Event present for Office and while they weren't familiar with the problem specifically, they both felt some kind of link between the component/feature Adobe pdfmaker to Word may have been broken or corrupted on the MOS 2003 install and said one of their first moves to fix this would be to uninstall Adobe Acrobat and reinstall.

    Ed SMBP: Meant Adobe PDF Maker and that's what I discussed with them.

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    Re: Office 2003 and Adobe (Office 2003 Pro)

    I didn't mean Adobe Page Maker I meant Adobe PDF Maker and that's what I discussed with them. Again, they felt reinstalling the Adobe application Adobe Acrobat including PDF Maker using the Adobe buttons on the Word toolbar in it used to convert a Word file to a pdf file may have been corrupted or the link broken by the installation of MOS 2003 and suggested reinstalling Adobe. You could also try uninstalling reinstalling both of them--it wouldn't take that long.

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