Boring but important - selling a download product for Windows

J. Landman Gay jacque at hyperactivesw.com
Sat Jan 21 20:59:31 CET 2017


On 1/21/17 1:43 PM, Graham Samuel via use-livecode wrote:
> My question is, what do other people do about this? If you generate a
> new desktop program for Windows and try to sell it as a download, how
> can you strip away all this nonsense for the average purchaser?

One of my clients said she'd had it with Windows installers and now 
ships the product as a zip file. The user is instructed to move the app 
folder out of the zip folder. This is just about the only hitch in the 
process, because Windows presents the zip folder as a regular folder and 
users think they can just double-click the app inside the zip archive.

Other than instructing naive Windows users to drag the app folder out of 
the zip archive, there have been virtually no other issues. The signed 
app itself works fine without interference from the OS.

Windows users have become used to installers and expect them, but if 
your app is self-contained and doesn't require changing registry keys or 
other OS-level stuff, it works pretty well. I know that's not what you 
asked, but that's how we solved it.

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Jacqueline Landman Gay         |     jacque at hyperactivesw.com
HyperActive Software           |     http://www.hyperactivesw.com



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