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christrinder
11-28-2002, 04:34 PM
Hello,

I feel a bit out of my depth in this forum because I wouldn't know where to begin with proper hard-core programming... but, I thought this might be the best place to start asking this question. If I produced a web site for a client who simply wants me to send them the files who will install on their server, how do I produce a self-extracting application file which puts all the files in the right places etc. I assume I will need some sort of software to do this but what should I use?

Thanks in advance for any help.

Chris

Roelf
11-28-2002, 05:23 PM
use winzip :D

It can create self extracting files, with path names included so upon extraction the paths are also taken care of

otherwise use the package and deployment wizard from a visual tool like visual basic or visual c++

christrinder
11-29-2002, 10:56 AM
Thanks Roelf,

Just another quickie then... does the free version of WinZip do that, and more importantly, where can I get a copy of Visual Basic, preferably for free, to do the package and deploy file. I had in mind changing the graphics on the installation window like you see with mods for HL and the like.

Cheers,

Chris

Roelf
11-29-2002, 12:19 PM
Originally posted by christrinder
Just another quickie then... does the free version of WinZip do that,
dont know, never use winzip, always use windows commander ( www.ghisler.com ) for handling all my files and archives


Originally posted by christrinder
where can I get a copy of Visual Basic, preferably for free
VB for free? LMAO :D

Wichetael
11-29-2002, 04:09 PM
Here's some links:

http://www.nullsoft.com/free/nsis/
http://www.gentee.com/setupgen/
http://www.jrsoftware.org/isinfo.php
http://www.freebyte.com/hjinstall/
http://www.moochers.com/index.html?w95install.html

Just some links I found using google, you'll have to see what's good and what isn't...

ionsurge
12-02-2002, 12:41 PM
Originally posted by Roelf

dont know, never use winzip, always use windows commander ( www.ghisler.com ) for handling all my files and archives



http://www.ghisler.com/picture.htm --- *shivers at the sight of it*


That is the worst GUI I have ever seen... shame on the creator...


Ionsurge.

Roelf
12-02-2002, 02:14 PM
its just an example of which infomration and shortcuts, tabstrips menubars etc. you can put on your screen. My settings are so that i only have a menu and a shortcutlist on my Commander. But the handling of archives, integrated ftp, complete keyboard controlled (if you like) is very good. On top of that, if a program works great but looks awful, i would still use it.

Wichetael
12-03-2002, 10:47 AM
Total Commander (they renamed a while ago) is the best program ever, I've been using it (or their predecessors) ever since I've been using a PC and I love it.