Advice, as posted on TECHWR-L , from the ever-helpful Dov Isaacs. Reprinted with permission. (This is for Windows. I'm not sure what differences there would be for other platforms.)
"(If necessary): Clean any older version Acrobat [Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader] programs from your system via the uninstaller.
Install Adobe Type Manager Light (except on Windows 2000), downloadable from http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/atmwin.htm (choose your language). ATM is necessary if and only if you use ANY Type 1 or OpenType fonts and either you are not running Windows 2000 or you are running Windows 2000 and are using Type 1 Multiple Master fonts. I would strongly recommend its use, but make sure you download ATM Light 4.1.1 from Adobe's web site at the above URL. The version on the FrameMaker 6 CDROM (4.1) has a severe problem. Windows 2000 has the necessary font rasterization built in, except for Type 1 Multiple Master fonts as noted above. ATM Deluxe 4.1 provides the services of ATM Light 4.1.1 PLUS font management services for Type 1, TrueType, and OpenType fonts.
Install the Adobe PS driver via the Universal PostScript Driver Installer 1.0.2 [UPDATE - 1.0.4 is now available], downloadable from http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/pdrvwin.htm . This will give you AdobePS [4.5.1] under Windows'9x or Windows Me, AdobePS [5.2] under Windows NT 4, or an updated PSCRIPT[5.2] driver under Windows 2000. If you don't have any "real" PostScript printers attached to your system, create a "dummy" printer driver instance using the Generic PostScript PPD (this is provided in the installer) and assign it to local port "FILE". This is necessary to get the Acrobat 4.05a installer to properly generate the Acrobat Distiller Printer instance.
Install Acrobat 4.05a from the CD. When this is done and after you reboot (Windows'9x and Me only), you can delete the "dummy" printer you created in step three.
Install FrameMaker (or FrameMaker+SGML) 6. Cancel out of the location screen for installing Acrobat Distiller or you will ruin your Acrobat installation. Similarly, cancel out of the driver installation screen. You already have the most recent driver.
Unzip the Updated User Guide PDFs (in fmmanual.zip) after downloading them from http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/8656.htm to "X:\Program Files\Adobe\FrameMaker6.0\OnlineManuals" where "X" is the volume you installed FrameMaker 6 (or similar directory for FrameMaker+SGML).
When done, pour yourself a stiff drink."
For more information on installing Adobe PostScript drivers, see Volume 1 - Issue 3 of InFrame magazine.
How can you tell what version of the printer driver you have installed? Thanks to Colleen Smith for this:
"From the control panel, select printers, then select the printer instance for Acrobat Distiller. From the File menu, select Properties, then select the Device Settings tab. Click on the About Adobe PostScript Printer Driver button. The printer driver information is there."
[Update: On Windows 2000, do what post suggests as far as you can, but then (since there is no 'About Adobe PostScript Printer Driver' button on the Device Settings tab) right-click the printer name at the top of tree and choose 'About'.]
Adobe Acrobat Updates:
Even if you aren't upgrading to FrameMaker 6, you can still get "Adobe Acrobat 4.0 to 4.0.5 Update" from Adobe. You can't download this. You have to get Adobe to send you the CD. It's free if you already have Acrobat.
Note that "4.0.5" is also called "4.0.5a" and is also called "4.0.6". They are all the same thing. (Sigh.)
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A useful ($5) tool. Available for Macintosh, Sun-Solaris, Win95/NT.
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It also makes it easy to rename files in a book (hooray!)
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