Our Installer application (for installing applications and data from
floppy disc or CD-ROM onto a user's hard disk) has now been used for all of the
Acorn products which have recently been created by TAG Developments, which need
to be installed.
We have almost completed an Installer Builder, which automatically builds disk
images (including the installer) ready for copying onto floppies. This has
saved TAG a lot of time, and made the process of creating installation disk
sets much easier and more reliable.
Although the Installer/Installer Builder suite was designed
for in-house use, not as a commercial product, we recognise that many people
are in need of such a utility, and so we have decided to make it available for
a nominal charge, which we hope will eventually recover some of our development
costs. In fact, for personal use, the suite is available free
The current, Beta, version of Installer Builder includes the following
A simple user interface guides you through the steps needed to build an
installation disc set. Instructions are given at each stage.
Automatic Compression and Splitting
Everything to be installed is automatically compressed (using Acorn's Squash
module) and then split over as many discs as necessary (individual files are
not, currently, split between discs). Both 800K and 1.6MB discs are supported.
Support for 'Existing Media' (e.g. CD-ROMs)
You can install things from existing media, as well as from the built floppy
disc installation set. For example, the HyperStudio installation installs
example stacks from the HyperStudio CD-ROM, resources from the CD-ROM and the
installation set, and the HyperStudio application from the installation disc
Customisable Installer User Interface
Installer Builder lets you set the name of the software, the default
folder name (which the user drags to their hard disc or network server), and
the instructions to be given to the user.
Each thing which is intalled can be given a textual description; this is
displayed by the installer while it is installed.
If necessary, the resources inside the installer may be hand-edited. We do not
restrict this, within reason.
Support for Customisable Installations
Installers may be built which allow users to choose which components they wish
Most of the features which we want are now implemented, but we will happily
consider requests from users for additional functionality.
Installer Builder is currently at the Beta testing stage. After a suitable
period of Beta testing, and when any bugs found have been fixed, Installer
Builder will be released.
When the installer application, placed on the first disc of an installation set
by Installer Builder, is loaded, it displays a window instructing the
user to drag a folder to specify where the software is to be installed to.
||The software title ('Patient Profiler', here), instructions and default folder
name are all set in the Installer Builder application.
The 'disc' icon and, if necessary, even the layout of window can be changed by
using appropriate editors.
When the user has dropped the folder somewhere, installation begins. A simple
progress window is displayed, which allows the user to Abort or Pause the
||The messages which are displayed during installation ('Patient Profiler', here)
are set up in the Installer Builder
The Installer/Installer Builder Suite, version 1.14 Beta (18 Jun
97) is now available for download from here. Please remember that although it
is publicly available is it NOT freeware, or in the public domain. It is
commercial software. You must abide by the terms and conditions in the
Installer Suite Licence.
Installer Builder may now be downloaded and used for personal or commercial use, free of charge.
If you have any questions concerning the Installer Builder Suite
please contact us.
Click here to download Installer/Installer
Builder Suite, version 1.14 Beta (18 Jun 97).
It is in a 399K ArcFS archive.
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