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You could encrypt a (text) file using Buddy API, or you could use vList
(the full version enables strong encryption)
Are either of these extras good for creating an install.exe package? And where can I find instructions on how to create one of these CD auto-run installation programs? I have know idea on how to begin.
> Are either of these extras good for creating an install.exe package?
While you /can/ use Buddy API to create a projector that can perform
some usual installation routines, there are dedicated - and free -
alternatives, like NSIS
> And where
> can I find instructions on how to create one of these CD auto-run installation
Having a CD auto-run is reliant on an autorun.inf file specifying which
application to launch *and* the user having this ability enabled on
As Sean indicated, using a prebuilt installer will probably save you a
lot of time and frustration. I have written loads of my own installers
using BuddyAPI, and if you are very comfortable with using that xtra,
then go for it. You can do anything you need with it, like copying
files to the hard drive, adding uninstall info to the registry, letting
users choose the place to install to, etc. But since NSIS is free and
does all the same stuff, that is probably a better option.
Making an autorun CD is super easy, at least for PCs. Bear in mind that
there is no such thing as autorun for OSX, so you can't do it on a Mac.
But for the PC side of things, just make a text file in the root of
the CD named 'autorun.inf'. In that file is this text:
Obviously, change the names of things to match your project. For
maximum compatibility, your filenames should not exceed 8 characters
(plus the 3 character extension). The icon line is optional and can
point either at an exe file (using the icon of that exe) or an ico file
(using the icon in that file instead). It is important that there be NO
SPACES anywhere in this file. So, for instance, THIS IS WRONG:
open = filename.exe
Also, make sure that your projector name has no spaces or punctuation
apart from _underscores_ and periods are only used to separate the
filename from the extension, nowhere else.
It is important to note that by default all Windows machines since at
least Win3.1 come with autorun enabled, but many users (especially in
security conscious corporate environments) will disable that. It is
therefore NOT guaranteed to work on all machines. One of the 1st things
I do when I install Windows is disable autorun because I personally find
it super annoying.
Thanks guys. With your explanations I'm able to do this.