As our tweet revealed few days ago we have several big things we want to introduce in 2013.

First of all is support of NSIS 3.0a0. Last version of NSIS (2.46) was released on December 06, 2009 so it is pretty old.
Meanwhile an Unicode NSIS was released and it contains some new features and fixes (currently 2.46.5) - but this is a kind of "unofficial" version so many users still use the old NSIS 2.46 and impatiently wait for new version to come from official authors. NSIS is very mature and stable software so using such old version is risk free, but nevertheless...

NSIS developers are working hard on new release - 3.0a0 with Windows 8 support, 64 bit support, many fixes and new features. We are making preparations for this - we want to be ready when new version is out.

We have developed new application called BitmapCutterGUI - it is already finished and you can download it here (~220 kB, later it can be found in GI installation package). BitmapCutterGUI is the same application for NSIS and Inno Setup.
With it you can create background for installer easier and it is more user friendly than command line version.

BitmapCutterGUI

Also it contains 'Preview' - when you load some picture and click Preview button you can immediately see how the resulting install will look!

BitmapCutterGUI with preview of NSIS background picture

BitmapCutterGUI with preview of NSIS RTL background picture

Installation is simple: put both .exe files from archive into your Graphical Installer folder (overwrite existing files). This application will work with older releases of GI but of course you cannot use .png and .tif images for backgrounds.

Changelog for new versions:

GI for NSIS - codename for next release of is Julka (version 3.2.01). Among some minor fixes it will contain:

  • NSIS 3.0a0 support

  • support for .png and .tif (.tiff) backgrounds

  • improved GI Wizard (fixes, improved help, ...)

  • GI Wizard for Eclipse (working together with EclipseNSIS)

  • improved BitmapCutter

  • BitmapCutterGUI - new application!



GI for Inno Setup - codename for next release is Katka (version 3.3.01). Among some minor fixes it will contain:

  • Inno Setup 5.5.3 support (ANSI and UNICODE)

  • improved GI Wizard (fixes, improved help, ...)

  • GI Wizard for Inno Script Studio - but this feature strongly depends on finishing Inno Script Studio plug-in system

  • improved BitmapCutter

  • BitmapCutterGUI - new application!



There are some other features we want to introduce - when the right time comes we will reveal them :)