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:

1. The very first visible change is the new About dialog:

Here you can find more details about the product: Version, Edition, Supported products, Copyright, Website...
OK you say, that's normal, so what's the difference? - The Edition.

2. "Edition" in About dialog:

Edition is simple name of IDE (Integrated Development Environment) which works with this plugin.

That means: One version of GIW (in this case version 1.2.01) has several Editions. Currently there are three editions:
a) Eclipse Edition
b) HN NIS Edit Edition
c) Visual & Installer Edition (MS Visual Studio).


There are no changes among Editions - GIW is the same for each edition. So the Wizard will behave exactly the same in HM NIS Edit, Eclipse or Visual & Installer.
But of course the Eclipse Edition will NOT work with HM NIS Edit or Visual & Installer - and vice versa. This is because every IDE has it's own way of handling the plug-ins.
(From technical point of view it is not possible to have the same application for various IDEs - e.g. Eclipse need .jar file (Java archive) which can be loaded as a plug-in while HM NIS Edit requires specific Pascal interface to be implemented and the plug-in must be created as hmne_*.dll file.)

3. Plug-in is better tied with IDE:

If you work with your regular NSIS script (.nsi file) in the IDE and you want to convert it to Graphical Installer Powered Installer the active file is automatically available for conversion:

GIW Convert page

(Other editions with this feature are coming soom - also for free!)

4. Language independence:

Plug-in is not tied to language files (text files saved with .lng extension).
Older version required to have language files in IDE\Lang directory, but new version has everything embedded inside - which solves a lot of troubles!


Download:
You can download the plug-in here (511 kB) for free.

Requirements:
Eclipse version 3.5 or better is required (download here).
Supported versions:
- Eclipse 3.5 (Galileo)
- Eclipse 3.6 (Helios)
- Eclipse 3.7 (Indigo)
- Eclipse 4.2 (Juno)

Following operating systems are supported:
- Windows 2000
- Windows XP
- Windows Server 2003
- Windows Vista
- Windows Server 2008
- Windows 7
- Windows 8

Supported processor architectures:
- x86 (32-bit)
- x64 (64-bit)

Important: However Eclipse can run on Unix/Linux platforms GIW will NOT run on them!!!

Installation:
a) Close Eclipse
b) Put downloaded .jar file into your plugins folder - where your Eclipse resides. There is probably many other plug-ins in your
directory (starting with org.eclipse.* or similar).
c) Start Eclipse again - in main menu you can see new item "Graphical Installer" and new toolbar with icons.
That's it. Usage is exactly the same as other editions/versions.

We strongly recommend to use EclipseNSIS plug-in for working with NSIS files in Eclipse.
You can download it here for free.
Or you can use the Eclipse Software Updates and Add-ons utility or the classic Eclipse Update Manager to connect to http://eclipsensis.sf.net/update and download EclipseNSIS.