Adobe Acrobat Reader without using The Adobe Download Manager

Written by James McDonald

December 24, 2010

The latest version of Acrobat Reader has some pretty good security restrictions so an upgrade is a good idea.

However if you work on a network which has 512kbps internet connection you don’t want to be running Adobe’s Down Load Manager 30 times and sucking the files off the internet for each workstation you upgrade which is the default when getting Acrobat from http://get.adobe.com/reader/

It’s better to grab an exe or msi file from the Adobe FTP Server and then use that to upgrade / install your workstations.

To get the latest version FTP to ftp.adobe.com using the command line:

ftp ftp.adobe.com
# Enter anonymous as the user
# Enter your email address as the password
cd pub/adobe/reader
ftp> ls # to get a listing of different platform options
200 PORT command successful.
150 Opening ASCII mode data connection for /bin/ls.
total 28
drwxrwxr-x    4 filelib  62           4096 Dec 20  2004 all
drwxrwxr-x    3 filelib  62           4096 Dec 14 15:47 android
drwxrwxr-x    2 filelib  62           4096 Jun 21  2007 logos
drwxrwxr-x    9 filelib  62           4096 Nov 18 14:22 mac
drwxrwxr-x    4 filelib  62           4096 Oct 13  2005 pase
drwxrwxr-x    5 filelib  62           4096 Mar 24  2009 unix
drwxrwxr-x   11 filelib  62           4096 Nov 18 14:23 win
226 Transfer complete.

cd win # to go into the windows version tree.

ftp> ls # typically you want to choose the latest version
200 PORT command successful.
150 Opening ASCII mode data connection for /bin/ls.
total 36
drwxrwxr-x    3 filelib  62           4096 Nov 18 14:23 10.x
drwxrwxr-x    6 filelib  62           4096 Jan 20  2005 6.x
drwxrwxr-x    3 filelib  62           4096 Sep 22  2004 7.x
drwxrwxr-x   13 filelib  62           4096 Oct 13  2009 7x
drwxrwxr-x   18 filelib  62           4096 Oct  5 16:00 8.x
drwxrwxr-x   15 filelib  62           4096 Nov 16 15:03 9.x
drwxrwxr-x    3 filelib  62           4096 May 24  2003 palmos
drwxrwxr-x    3 filelib  62           4096 Oct  1  2004 pocketpc
drwxrwxr-x    2 filelib  62           4096 Mar 15  2005 symbian
226 Transfer complete.

ftp> cd 10.x # version 10.x
250 CWD command successful.
ftp> ls # have a look if there are any incremental versions
200 PORT command successful.
150 Opening ASCII mode data connection for /bin/ls.
total 4
drwxrwxr-x   30 filelib  62           4096 Dec 14 15:47 10.0.0
226 Transfer complete.


ftp> cd 10.0.0
ls
250 CWD command successful.
ftp> ls
200 PORT command successful.
150 Opening ASCII mode data connection for /bin/ls.
total 112
drwxrwxr-x    2 filelib  62           4096 Dec 14 15:45 ca_ES
drwxrwxr-x    2 filelib  62           4096 Dec 14 15:45 cs_CZ
drwxrwxr-x    2 filelib  62           4096 Dec 14 15:44 da_DK
drwxrwxr-x    2 filelib  62           4096 Nov 18 14:23 de_DE
drwxrwxr-x    2 filelib  62           4096 Nov 18 14:23 en_US
...


ftp> cd en_US
250 CWD command successful.
ftp> ls
200 PORT command successful.
150 Opening ASCII mode data connection for /bin/ls.
total 81984
-rwxrwxr-x    1 filelib  62       36791704 Nov 11 00:43 AdbeRdr1000_en_US.exe
-rwxrwxr-x    1 filelib  62       46978048 Nov 11 00:43 AdbeRdr1000_en_US.msi
226 Transfer complete.

ftp> hash
Hash mark printing on (1024 bytes/hash mark).
ftp> get AdbeRdr1000_en_US.msi
local: AdbeRdr1000_en_US.msi remote: AdbeRdr1000_en_US.msi
200 PORT command successful.
150 Opening BINARY mode data connection for AdbeRdr1000_en_US.msi (46978048 bytes).
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