Application Packaging

Packaging, when related to software, is the procedure of bundling executables and libraries required for the product to deploy in customer environments. There are several products available in the market, such as Install Shield, InstallAnywhere, Demoshield and Windows Installer.

Installation (or setup) of a program (including drivers, plugins, etc.) is the act of putting the program onto a computer system so that it can be executed.

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Below are some of sample activities involved in packaging and PackagingGalaxy.com covers all the topics in details for discussion.

* Understanding package requirement and come up with package proposals

* Developing and implementing licensing schemes

* Creating new Installer kit from scratch

* Creating Patches for Installer after release

* SMS (System Management Server) installers for remote installs for multiple machines

* Universal Installer Creation

* Porting installers from 16-bit to 32-bit or 64-bit

* Upgrading installers developed in old versions to latest version

* Generic installer which has common UI and common frame work

* Helping services group/customer to deploy products at customer site

* Building scenario’s for product and test installer

* Instructional material should be provided along the software

* A complete support regime must be provided

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Some software can be executed by simply copying it to a computer and executing it with no further ado; no installation procedure as such is required. Other programs are supplied in a form not suitable for immediate execution, and require an installation procedure. Installation may include unpacking of files supplied in a compressed form, copying them to suitable locations, tailoring the software to suit the hardware and the user’s preferences, providing information about the program to the operating system, and so on. The installer may test for system suitability and available mass storage space.

Because the requisite process varies for each program and each computer, many programs (including operating systems) come with a general-purpose or dedicated installer – a specialized program which automates most of the work required for their installation. PackagingGalaxy.com is an online Forum to discuss Application packaging related issues, troubleshoot, queries, tools and share knowledge. It covers all the following tools to discuss the issues in details..

  • Actual Installer
  • Advanced Installer
  • CreateInstall Free
  • DeployMaster
  • DreamShield
  • Iceberg
  • Inno Setup
  • Install Creator (Pro)
  • InstallAce
  • InstallAnywhere
  • Installer VISE
  • InstallShield
  • Setup Factory
  • Smart Install Maker
  • VISE X
  • Windows Installer
  • Wise Installation Express 7
  • Wise Installation Studio 7
  • Wise Package Studio
  • WiX

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Some jargon expressions

Silent installation

Installation that does not display messages or windows during its progress. “Silent installation” is not the same as “unattended installation”, though it is often improperly used as such.

Unattended installation

Installation that is performed without user interaction during its progress or, in a stricter sense, with no user present at all, except eventually for the initial launch of the process.

Self installation

Unattended installation, without the need of initial launch of the process (i.e. Vodafone Mobile Connect USB Modem or Huawei E220’s Mobile Partner software that self-installs from the USB port).

Headless installation

Installation performed without using a monitor connected to the destination computer (in particular, on a computer with no video output at all).

Clean installation

Given the complexity of a typical installation there are many factors that may interfere with its successful completion. In particular files that are leftover from old installations of the same program or an unstable situation of the operating system may all act to prevent a given program from installing and working correctly.

Flat installation

An installation of a program performed from a copy (called a flat copy) of its original media contents (mostly CDs or DVDs) to a hard drive, rather than directly from the media.

Network Installation

An installation of a program from a shared network drive. This may simply be a copy of the original media (as in a Flat Installation), but frequently, software publishers which offer site licenses for institutional customers provide a version intended for installation over a network.

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