Yes, they can coexist nicely. Install FM8 first.

On Wed, May 27, 2009 at 6:54 PM, Helen Borrie <helebor at> wrote:
> Hi List,
> Can FM 8 and Acrobat Pro 8 coexist on the same machine? ?If so, which should 
> be installed first to ensure that one gets the full functionality of 
> Distiller from both applications?
> Before I started with the "8" versions I had the respective "6" versions 
> working happily side by side. ?So far, with both "6" versions out of the 
> picture I've encountered two weeks of horrible problems, including that the 
> uninstaller script for Acro 8 gets broken by the updates (specifically, the 
> Acro updates, as far as I can tell, with the bone pointing at 8.1.5). ?This 
> requires hours of pick-and-shovel effort in the Registry and the filesystem 
> to clean out everything Adobe and start afresh.
> Currently I have achieved "partial" functionality by installing FM 8 first 
> (which is the only option to get Distiller installed) and then installing 
> only Reader 8 afterwards. ?I can get the updates to both without (touch 
> wood!) breaking stuff. ?However, I'm at a loss without the full Acro Pro 
> capabilities, at least until our legacy doc sources are converted to DITA, 
> because I still depend on the Sonar Bookends plug-in for post-processing 
> hot-links into the indexes of PDFs created with other tools.
> Any compatibility advice out there, gained from actual experience?
> Or should I just sigh and accept that I'll need to keep a legacy FM6 + Acro 
> Pro 6 setup on another box?
> Thanks, and apologies in advance for this being a bit OT.
> Helen
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