After designing, writing and
debugging your latest application, there's only one
decision left to make: what are you going to use to
create the installation program?
Traditionally developers been faced with a couple of
choices. Spend hundreds of pounds on one of the market
leaders, then days learning how to use it. Or choose a
budget installer with just doesn't provide the features
or flexibility you need. Not very appealing, really, but
now there's another way.
Launch the QSetup Installation Suite and at first it
looks just like any other basic setup creator. You just
click on various tabs to define your project
description, files to install and so on, and compile the
finished results when you're done.
But then you take a closer look at some of the
options available, and realise there are some powerful
features here. How would you like your applications to
automatically update themselves over the Internet, for
example? You can add this ability by filling in a single
There are comprehensive tools to customise the users
PC when they're installing your app. You can add custom
strings to the environment, lines to an INI file,
Registry keys and values, as well as creating shortcuts
or file associations. It's up to you which of these are
removed later by the Uninstall program.
Maybe you have more complex requirements? Then take a
look at the options available under the Execute tab.
This lets you perform an option based on conditional
tests, perhaps running a particular executable if the
users PC had a particular service running, and had less
than 256MB of RAM, but was not running Windows 2000.
This could all get quite complicated, but fortunately
QSetup defaults to displaying Help as you view each
screen. You'll master the basics very quickly, and even
the most complex of installation programs should be
completed within an hour.
Upgrade to QSetup Pro
Keep your installation programs up to
date with the latest QSetup version.
New QSetup Pro 4 features include new installation
dialog styles, the ability to play audio tracks during
setup, and an option to create serial numbers based on
the user or company name. The cost is $99 (about £60).