Category: General
Posted by: Slappy
Summary of 2015 in short: new product RAD & Installer and website redesign.

This year we released new product (few alphas/betas and later Gold version) called RAD & Installer. R&I is very similar to our top product Visual & Installer. The main difference is target platform and language it uses: V&I is designed for Microsoft Visual Studio and programmed in C# while R&I is for Embarcadero RAD Studio and made in Delphi. We are trying to provide the same features in both products which is not possible every time.

During R&I development (main platform is Windows 8.1 and Embarcadero RAD Studio XE8, Delphi) we lacked a few important controls. The RAD Studio IDE is different than Microsoft's and does not provide components we required. So there was no other way than to write everything by ourselves. We wrote many parts of IDE enhancements from scratch (new controls/components), added new features, improved and fixed a lot of stuff and the result is really amazing.

ProjectProperties

We have developed really exciting technology and many people got interested into it. They asked us to publish it and we promised (not on this blog but somewhere on the Internet: either on Twitter or some forum) to do so.

And today we kept this promise: we have released two (core) components on CodePlex with full sources!

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Category: General
Posted by: Slappy
As RAD & Installer is approaching to final version (1.0.0.1) we decided to publish the Roadmap for this product.

If you are not familiar with R&I here are some details:

R&I is new product of unSigned, s. r. o. which has been in development for some time now.
It is an Embarcadero RAD Studio expert for creating NSIS and Inno Setup installers. It integrates NSIS (Nullsoft Scriptable Install System) and Inno Setup with Embarcadero RAD Studio IDE and allows you to create and build NSIS and Inno Setup projects right within RAD Studio getting all benefits of common integrated environment.

You can download very early Alpha versions (for free!) and Beta version is coming soon. Check the official website at www.rad-installer.com.

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Posted by: Slappy
Few days ago a game called Legend of Grimrock 2 has been released.

As authors say: "Legend of Grimrock 2 is a dungeon crawling role playing game with a modern execution but an oldschool heart."

I am huge fan of (old) RPG games, strategic games, tactical strategies and similar games and I also really liked the original Legend of Grimrock game.

When the LoG 2 game was released I remembered we had wanted to cooperate with the game developer (Almost Human) when the original LoG game was released.

We prepared an example how their game could look using our Graphical Installer. It looked like this:
Legend of Grimrock

And now we found all the old stuff and we want to share it with you!

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Posted by: Slappy
Recently I found really interesting article about integration of VCL Styles project with Inno Setup installers.



As I have little experiences with Delphi (some parts of Graphical Installer Wizard are made in Delphi 7) I had no idea about this product.
When we started the development of RAD & Installer some time ago I visited many Delphi related pages. I learned two things:

1) Delphi is still widely used - I do no know why I supposed it is dead language/tool.
The last time I used it was during my University studies and since them I only worked with Visual Studio (C++/C#)... Maybe that is why.

2) There are many cool websites, product, utilities and other stuff related to Delphi.
The community is huge and there is a lot of good resources. Sometimes this bites MS which is nice :)

During this research phase I found VCL Styles which looked really great. We may say these products are competitors - both are used for skinning installers - but the detailed look tells us there are some differences. Do you ask which?

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Category: General
Posted by: Slappy
Year 2013 was really successful. We want to continue in this trend and bring you new exciting things.
But the Year 2014 will be special. Special because among other stuff like new features, fixes and improvements we going to release two new awesome products (not related to installation).

These two products are called Dynamic Downloader and Printing Costs Monitor.

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Category: General
Posted by: Slappy
First days of new year is perfect time to summarize the past year. And it can be said the year 2013 was AWESOME!!!

To refresh the year 2013 plans and ideas check this article: Plans for 2013 - Part 1 (Graphical Installer) and Plans for 2013 - Part 2 (Visual & Installer).

So what we promised and [not]fulfilled?

Long story short: we are very happy with work in past year because we fulfilled everything!

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Posted by: Slappy
Recently we developed plug-in (with really poetic name graphicalinstaller.dll :) which allows to make certain parts of form fully transparent. Here is example of such installer:

Wildstar Installer

Woooow! You ask: What magic is hidden behind this?

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Posted by: Slappy
If you are using Graphical Installer for Inno Setup together with InnoTools Downloader (free third party plug-in to download files during installation) you may noticed the ITD plug-in has unpleasant bug.

E.g. like in this question: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/17813754/changing-layout-options-of-inno-setup-downloader-tool-with-graphical-installer

ITD plug-in creates simple form which contains download progress bar and few labels with download information. This form is not visible in regular installers (because they are usually grey). The problem is when you try to use ITD with background skin - the form becomes visible as grey rectangle and the installer does not look cool:
ITD bug


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Posted by: Slappy
Last few weekes we were working on a brand new tool - Graphical Installer Wizard for Eclipse.
As many developers use Eclipse IDE for development of their NSIS scripts we decided to support this platform too.

Full name of this product is Graphical Installer Wizard for NSIS, Eclipse Edition, version 1.2.01 which is pretty long but do not worry - it is the same tool you used to use with HM NIS Edit or with Visual & Installer - but now it works also with Eclipse.

However this tool is a part of Graphical Installer for NSIS package you can download it for free (see details below) and use it without any restrictions.

GIW About Dialog

We made several important decisions during development of this tool - there are some serious changes which also affect other next releases of GIW - we describe them below:

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Posted by: Slappy
This month we released new version of GI for Inno Setup - v3.3.01 (Katka) for Inno Setup 5.5.3.
It contained a lot of new stuff (check what's new here), but we are still working on it and want to improve our software.

Meanwhile we have created two new buttons sets: Modern and Dark and you can download them now for free.

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