Adobe InDesign CS5 Server Read Me

Welcome to Adobe® InDesign® CS5 Server. This document contains late-breaking product information, updates, and troubleshooting tips not covered in the InDesign Server documentation. 

Minimum system requirements

Install your software

Uninstall your software

Electronic licensing

Font installation

Known issues

Customer care

Legal notices

Other resources

Minimum system requirements 



Windows®

  • 2 GHz or faster, 32 or 64 bit processor (Intel® Itanium® not supported) 
  • Microsoft® Windows Server® 2003 with Service Pack 2 (32 or 64 bit version) or Windows Server 2008 (32 or 64 bit version) or Windows 2008 Server R2
  • 2GB of RAM + 256MB per additional instance
  • 1.6GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (InDesign Server cannot be installed on flash-based storage devices)
  • 1,024x768 display (1,280x800 recommended) with 16-bit or greater video card 
  • DVD-ROM drive 
  • Adobe Flash® Player 10 software required to export SWF files

 Mac OS 

  • Multicore Intel® processor 
  • Mac OS X v10.5.x Server
  • 2GB of RAM + 256MB per additional instance
  • 2.6GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional hard-disk space required during installation (InDesign Server cannot be installed on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on flash-based storage devices.)
  • 1,024x768 display (1,280x800 recommended) with 16-bit or greater video card 
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • Adobe Flash® Player 10 software required to export SWF files

For updates to system requirements, visit www.adobe.com/go/indesignserver_systemreqs

Install your software 



1. Before you install, close all applications currently running on your system—including other Adobe applications, Microsoft Office applications, and browser windows.  It is also recommended to temporarily turn off virus protection during the installation process. 

2. You must have administrative privileges or be able to validate as an administrator. 

3. Do one of the following:  

Windows: 

  • After downloading the software from the web, the installer will self-extract and launch automatically.  If the installer does not launch automatically, open the folder, navigate to the Adobe InDesign CS5 Server folder, double-click Set-up.exe, and then follow the on-screen instructions.

Mac: 

  • After downloading the software from the web, open the folder, navigate to the application folder, double-click Install.app, and then follow the on-screen instructions.

Known install issues

  • When installing on Windows 64 bit OS, an incorrect default installation location appears.  The application will be installed in the correct location: c:\program files(x86). (#BG064131)
  • The “Total Size” displayed in the installer Options screen includes space required for components required for the installation but not shown in the component list, so the number may not equal the listed components size. (#BG059229)
  • Installer returns the error, "Please insert Disk InDesign CS5 Server to continue" when installing the application from a flash drive. Users must copy the installer to their hard drive before installing instead. (#BG094570)
  • Installing InDesign via silent mode on Mac returns launchctl errors and set-up exits with exit code:0. However, InDesign is successfully installed. (#BG089356, BG094124)
  • For more detailed information about troubleshooting your installation, go to http://www.adobe.com/support/loganalyzer/.

Note: In order to install additional components or reinstall your software after your original installation, you will need access to the original installer (CD, DVD or the download from the web).  Repair is not an available option. 

Uninstall your software

  1. Before you uninstall, close all applications currently running on your system—including other Adobe applications, Microsoft Office applications, and browser windows. 
  2. Do one of the following:
    • In Windows Server 2003, open the Windows Control Panel and double-click Add or Remove Programs. Select the product that you want to uninstall, click Change/Remove, and then follow the on-screen instructions. 
    • In Windows Server 2008, open Control Panels > Programs and Features. Select Adobe InDesign CS5 Server, click the Uninstall button, and then follow the on-screen instructions.
    • IMPORTANT: Creative Suite apps on Mac OS have uninstall functionality. DO NOT drag applications to the trash to uninstall them. To safely uninstall on Mac OS X, double-click the product uninstall link in Applications/Utilities/Adobe Installers or double-click on the Uninstall alias located in the Application folder. Select the components to remove/uninstall, click the Uninstall button, then Authenticate as an Administrator and follow the on-screen instructions.

Electronic licensing



You must accept the license agreement and warranty terms to use this product.  See www.adobe.com/products/eulas for details.

Font installation



All font related documentation is online.  Visit http://www.adobe.com/type/browser/landing/creativesuite/creativesuite5.html to find our OpenType User Guide, OpenType ReadMe, links to font specific readmes, listings of fonts installed by the different CS5 products, and listings of fonts included on DVD for each of the CS5 products.

The InDesign CS5 Server installer installs fonts into a default system font directory. Many of these fonts are newer versions of fonts installed by InDesign CS4 Server. If the installer finds older versions of these fonts in the default system font directory, it will uninstall the older versions, and save them to a new directory.  The default system font directory is:

    Apple Macintosh:  /Library/Fonts

    Windows: <System Disk>:\Windows\Fonts

The older fonts will be saved in the new directory:

    Apple Macintosh:  /Library/Application Support/Adobe/SavedFonts/current

    Windows: <System Disk>:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\SavedFonts\current

This new directory will also contain a file named "Read Me.html" which lists the saved fonts, and the version numbers of the new and old font files.

You can re-install the older fonts by deleting the new font files from the default system font directory, and moving the old files back into that directory.

There are additional fonts on the installation disc. For information on installing these fonts, see http://www.adobe.com/go/learn_fontinstall_en. 

Known issues

For a list of known issues, go to http://go.adobe.com/kb/ts_cpsid_84017_en-us.

Customer care

Customer Service

Adobe Customer Service provides assistance with product information, sales, registration, and other non-technical issues. To find out how to contact Adobe Customer Service, please visit Adobe.com for your region or country and click on Contact.

Support Plan Options and Technical Resources 

If you require technical assistance for your product, including information on complimentary and fee-based support plans and troubleshooting resources, more information is available at http://www.adobe.com/go/support/.  Outside of North America, go to http://www.adobe.com/go/intlsupport/, click on the drop down menu under the question “Need a different country or region?”, choose a different country or region, then click GO.  An alternate method is to click on Change beside the country name at the top of the screen to select a different country or region.

Free troubleshooting resources include Adobe’s support knowledgebase, Adobe user-to-user forums, Adobe Support Advisor and more.  We are continually making additional tools and information available online in order to provide you with flexible options for resolving issues as fast as possible.

The JacORB and OmniORB Libraries are licensed under the GNU Library General Public License, a copy of which is included in the installed Adobe InDesign CS5 Server folder under the “omniorb” subdirectory.

Other InDesign Server Legal Notices may be found online at http://www.adobe.com/go/thirdparty/ 

Other resources

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