RE: Installation Interfaces

Subject: RE: Installation Interfaces
From: dthomps -at- foundationsoft -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2001 09:38:19 -0400

Hi Kim,
Sorry for the late reply. If I understand your question correctly, I think
you're looking to design something that would autoplay on a CD and allow
your users to have an interface from which your installation would be
launched.

I have used Demoshield to do this exact thing. In fact, I created a
Demoshield project to install our online help. It opens with a window I
designed with options to install first IE, then our help system. Clicking
the IE button launches MS's executable that is distributable with Robohelp.
Clicking the Help button launches an executable created in Wise by our
developers. That executable runs HHUPD.exe, installs the .OCX for the
glossary (the name of which evades me at the moment) and copies the .CHM,
etc. to the appropriate directory.

Demoshield can be a little complicated to learn if you're not used to that
type of software and it's VERY buggy. But for a simple project like that,
it's not too bad. By the way, it's made by the same people who make
Installshield, and info can be found on their web site.

Good luck!

Dannette Thompson
Technical Writer
Foundation Software, Inc.
The #1 Accounting Software for Labor-Intensive Contractors
The opinions expressed in this message do not necessarily reflect the
opinions or policies of my employer or coworkers.


-----Original Message-----
From: Kim Wallace [mailto:KWallace -at- stewart -dot- com]
My company is using Wise to create its installation packages to deploy VB
applications. At my manager's behest, I designed some front-end screens in
Visio, assuming that Wise had some standard VB form programming ability (I
didn't have Wise installed at the time). The developer said "no way" to my
suggestions, and after looking at Wise, I can see why.

My manager is open to using other applications to design the front-end
screen, and using Wise to create scripts that the front-end would call.

Has anyone here developed a front-end to an installation CD? What could I
use to do this? Do you have any suggestions for alternative scenarios?

Our goal is to make our installations easier so that users with minimal
Windows skills can install our VB apps with little assistance.

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