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Word 2016 and Endnote’s “com.ThomsonResearchSoft.EndNote.plist” dialog window

February 5, 2016 Leave a comment

Microsoft Office 2016’s applications are sandboxed, which means that they don’t have access to external files and settings by default and need to ask permission from the user. Thomson Reuters’ Endnote software is affected by this because it uses a plug-in for Word 2016. This means that the first time you launch Word 2016 after installing Endnote’s plug-in, you will see a dialog box along with this message:

EndNote needs access to the file named ‘com.ThomsonResearchSoft.EndNote.plist’. Select this file to grant access.

If you’re seeing this dialog box, the com.ThomsonResearchSoft.EndNote.plist file should be already selected. If the file has been selected, please click the Grant Access button. This procedure should only need to be performed once.

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However, if you’re seeing this dialog box and the com.ThomsonResearchSoft.EndNote.plist file has not been automatically selected, that means that Endnote has been installed on this Mac but never launched. For more details, see below the jump.

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Installing Endnote X7.5’s Cite While You Write plug-ins for Office 2008, 2011 and 2016

February 2, 2016 3 comments

Thomson Reuters has released Endnote X7.5, an updated version of their Endnote bibliography software. This updated version had been long-awaited by a number of folks because it added support for Word 2016.

I have an existing process for deploying and licensing Endnote X7.x and I found that the site license which I’ve been using with previous versions of Endnote X7.x also worked fine with 7.5. One thing that did not work was Endnote X7.5 automatically deploying its Cite While You Write (CWYW) plug-ins for Word 2008, 2011 and 2016.

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In previous versions of Endnote, Endnote’s first launch triggered an assistant which installed the CWYW plug-ins to their correct location. Endnote X7.5, or at least Endnote X7.5’s trial version, appeared to lack this functionality. In addition, the CWYW plug-ins for Word 2016 need to be installed into a completely different location than for previous versions of Word:

  • Word 2008: /Applications/Microsoft Office 2008/Office/Startup/Word
  • Word 2011: /Applications/Microsoft Office 2011/Office/Startup/Word
  • Word 2016: /Library/Application Support/Microsoft/Office365/User Content.localized/Startup.localized/Word

Unlike previous versions of Microsoft Office, the Word 2016 support directories were also not created by Office 2016 by default, so they were not likely to exist unless a third-party plug-in for Word had previously been installed.

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To address the various issues identified, I wrote a script. For more details, see below the jump.

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Suppressing the iCloud and Diagnostics pop-up windows on El Capitan using profiles

January 28, 2016 2 comments

After posting how to control the Diagnostics & Usage report settings on El Capitan, I was tipped off that there were new ways available on OS X El Capitan to manage both the Diagnostics and the iCloud pop-up windows using profiles.

The profile settings can be seen via Server 5.x’s Profile Manager and currently apply only to OS X El Capitan. For more information, see below the jump.

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Controlling the Diagnostics & Usage report settings on El Capitan

January 21, 2016 Leave a comment

One of the pop-up windows you get on first login to Yosemite and El Capitan is the Diagnostics & Usage pop-up window. This window requests permission for the following:

  1. Send diagnostics and usage data to Apple
  2. Share crash data with non-Apple developers

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I’ve been suppressing this window on OS X Yosemite by setting the values shown below in /Library/Application Support/CrashReporter/DiagnosticMessagesHistory.plist

<key>AutoSubmitVersion</key>
<integer>5</integer>
<key>AutoSubmit</key>
<false/>
<key>ThirdPartyDataSubmitVersion</key>
<integer>5</integer>
<key>ThirdPartyDataSubmit</key>
<false/>

On OS X El Capitan, it looks like the numeric value set for the AutoSubmitVersion and ThirdPartyDataSubmitVersion settings has changed from 4 to 5. The new settings should look like this:

<key>AutoSubmitVersion</key>
<integer>5</integer>
<key>AutoSubmit</key>
<false/>
<key>ThirdPartyDataSubmitVersion</key>
<integer>5</integer>
<key>ThirdPartyDataSubmit</key>
<false/>

For more details, see below the jump.

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Payload-free package slides from the January 2016 MacDMV meeting

January 19, 2016 Leave a comment

For those who wanted a copy of the payload-free package talk from this evening’s MacDMV meeting, here are links to the slides in PDF and Keynote format:

PDF: http://tinyurl.com/Jan2016MacDMVPDF

Keynote slides: http://tinyurl.com/Jan2016MacDMVKeynote

Categories: MacDMV, Packaging, Scripting

Suppressing Office 2016’s First Run dialog windows

January 17, 2016 Leave a comment

As part of preparing to deploy Office 2016 in my own environment, I wanted to be able to suppress the various “What’s New” dialog windows which are displayed on Office 2016 applications’ first launch to market the applications’ features.

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Using the Microsoft Volume License installer to install Office 2016 (or using the volume license serializer package to install the volume license) will include automatic functionality to stop the version-specific “What’s New” dialog windows from appearing. However, I also needed to be able to suppress the initial “What’s New” dialog windows that appear the first launch of Office applications.

In order to suppress the initial “What’s New” dialog windows, certain settings need to be applied to the following files:

  • /Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.Outlook.plist
  • /Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.PowerPoint.plist
  • /Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.Excel.plist
  • /Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.Word.plist
  • /Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.onenote.mac.plist

Setting: kSubUIAppCompletedFirstRunSetup1507 – boolean value (true / false)
Function: Suppresses the “What’s New” dialog for Office 2016 applications’ first launch.
Applied to the following files:

/Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.Outlook.plist
/Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.PowerPoint.plist
/Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.Excel.plist
/Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.Word.plist
/Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.onenote.mac.plist

Setting: FirstRunExperienceCompletedO15 – boolean value (true / false)
Function: Suppresses additional “What’s New” dialog for Outlook and OneNote.
Applied to the following files:

/Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.Outlook.plist
/Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.onenote.mac.plist

Note: That is a capital letter O in O15, not zero15.

Setting: SendAllTelemetryEnabled – boolean value (true / false)
Function: Suppresses the offer to send crash reports to Microsoft.
Applied to the following files:

/Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.Outlook.plist
/Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.PowerPoint.plist
/Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.Excel.plist
/Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.Word.plist
/Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.onenote.mac.plist

To automate the deployment of these settings, I’ve developed a script. For more details, see below the jump.

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Categories: Office 2016, Scripting

Creating an Office 2016 15.18.0 installer

January 14, 2016 10 comments

Microsoft recently released a new software installer to help make the task of deploying updated copies of Office 2016 for Mac admins a lot easier. This new installer is available along with the latest Office 2016 volume license installer and is named Microsoft_Office_2016_VL_Serializer.pkg.

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This installer is designed to do the following:

  • Activate an unlicensed version of Office 2016 and set it to use the volume license.
  • Convert an existing/activated version of Office 2016 for Mac to use the volume license.
  • Fix the volume license on a machine where the volume license isn’t being recognized.

The installer package (which must be downloaded from Microsoft’s volume license site) makes it possible to install an unlicensed copy of the Microsoft Office 2016 full installer and then set up that copy of Office 2016 to use your shop’s volume license for Office 2016. This is advantageous for the following reasons:

  1. Microsoft usually releases unlicensed Office 2016 full installers much sooner than they release the volume licensed Office 2016 full installer via Microsoft’s volume license site.
  2. Unlicensed Office 2016 full installers can be downloaded from the internet without requiring access to Microsoft’s volume licensing site.

For example, as of January 14, 2016, the latest version of Office 2016 is Office 2016 15.18.0. Microsoft has released an unlicensed Office 2016 15.18.0 full installer for use with Office 365. Meanwhile, the Microsoft volume license site site has Office 2016 15.17.0 available for download.

Downloading an unlicensed Office 2016 full installer

  1. Go to http://macadmins.software (this site is run by Microsoft and is safe to download from.)
  2. Locate the O365/Retail download link (highlighted in bright green in the image below.)
  3. Download an unlicensed Office 2016 full installer which is up-to-date with the latest Office 2016 software

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I have an existing process which can be used to build a combined Office 2016 installer using Packages, so I decided to apply the same process to building an Office 2016 15.8.0 installer. See below the jump for an example of using Packages to build a combined Office 2016 installer which includes both an unlicensed Office 2016 15.18.0 full installer and the Microsoft_Office_2016_VL_Serializer installer package.

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