AW: building a installer with rev
Tiemo Hollmann TB
toolbook at kestner.de
Fri Nov 14 10:39:07 EST 2008
that's a really good info! I have worked already with innoSetup, but have
never realized the external flag. That will be my approach for win. I wasn't
keen on building my own setup :)
Does anybody knows same for a Mac installer?
And not being a Mac user, what is the difference, if a program is installed
into the program folder instead of just copied the whole DVD into any
folder? Are there any special functionalities connected with programs in the
program folder, what a Mac user expects?
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> Von: use-revolution-bounces at lists.runrev.com [mailto:use-revolution-
> bounces at lists.runrev.com] Im Auftrag von Chris Sheffield
> Gesendet: Freitag, 14. November 2008 16:05
> An: How to use Revolution
> Betreff: Re: building a installer with rev
> Speaking from experience, while you can certainly create your own
> installer using Rev, it ends up being a fair amount of work. You could
> save a lot of time using another installer tool.
> Most installers (InnoSetup for one, and it's totally free) will allow
> you to keep your files external to the installer. In other words, you
> can opt not to compress the files, and have the installer do a simple
> copy action instead. Simply use the "external" flag. That way, your
> app could still run straight from the DVD, but you'd also have an easy
> interface for allowing the user to copy files to HD. If you're not
> familiar with InnoSetup, I recommend using ISTool, a third-party
> interface that provides a lot of extra functionality that you would
> otherwise have to script yourself.
> Chris Sheffield
> On Nov 14, 2008, at 1:54 AM, Tiemo Hollmann TB wrote:
> > Hello,
> > I have read the archives about this issue, but didn't found an
> > answer to my
> > specific needs. Perhaps somebody can give me some advice. What I
> > want to do
> > is to distribute my app on DVD-ROM for Mac and Win. It is heavily
> > based on
> > Videos (7.5GB), that's why the medium is not a CD-ROM, but a double
> > layer
> > DVD-9. My app should be runable direct from DVD-ROM (on Win with
> > autostart), that's why I can't have any packaged/zipped content on the
> > DV-ROM. So far no problem. Now I want to supply the user that he can
> > also
> > install / copy the whole app on HD to be independent of the DVD-ROM.
> > Here I
> > have some open questions.
> > On Mac:
> > - The easiest way would be to tell the user, that he just can copy
> > the whole
> > DVD-ROM into any folder on HD and that's it. I think to provide a
> > "copyAll-setup" wouldn't bring much more comfort
> > - Are there any issues, not to do this, or what the user would
> > expect coming
> > along with a HD install (like a desktop alias on Win)?
> > On Win:
> > - All installers I have seen so far want to compress/zip the content
> > of my
> > app on the medium and do an unzip while installing. Because all my
> > files
> > have to be runable from DVD, they can't be compressed and I can't
> > use any
> > installer (like innosetup or installgadget or stuffit) Do you know any
> > installer, which just can copy the files without having them packaged
> > before?
> > So my thought was to create my own setup with rev, which just copies
> > all the
> > content of my DVD to HD, I don't need any drivers, registry settings
> > or
> > things like that, just a full copy.
> > - If I would offer the user to install into the standard C:\program
> > files,
> > how will Vista give me the privilege of admin rights to copy to that
> > destination? I have read sometime before, that Vista just recognizes
> > a setup
> > from the name "setup.exe". Is this true and sufficient? How to
> > prevent from
> > being virtualized?
> > - How can I create an alias on the desktop and startmenu to my app
> > with rev?
> > Is it possible at all?
> > - How to create an uninstall? After having deleted all my files in
> > C:\programm files\ (what thinks Vista about that?), how do I delete
> > "myself"
> > (the uninstall.exe) Never done such a thing before.
> > - Are there any other issues, I haven't thought about yet and I
> > should tell
> > the win user also, just to copy the DVD wherever he wants to and has
> > to care
> > about it for himself?
> > Thanks for your experience and recommendations
> > Tiemo
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