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Turbocharge your installations with Inno Setup
Long time Pascal and Delphi friends surely remember Jordan Russell for the Toolbar97 and Toolbar2000 components. At that time he started a very promising application called "Inno Setup". It was an easy to configure installation program, ideally suited for the target audience (freeware and shareware authors). Years have gone by, and look who's still alive and kicking... Inno Setup.

The current implementation of Inno Setup is so powerful, it rivals many commercial installers. Here's the list of key features taken from the Inno Setup homepage:

  • Support for all versions of Windows in use today: Vista, XP, 2003, 2000, Me, 98, 95, and NT 4.0. (No service packs are required.)

  • Extensive support for installation of 64-bit applications on the 64-bit editions of Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003. Both the x64 and Itanium architectures are supported. (On the Itanium architecture, Service Pack 1 is required to install in 64-bit mode.)

  • Supports creation of a single EXE to install your program for easy online distribution. Disk spanning is also supported.

  • Standard Windows 2000/XP-style wizard interface.

  • Customizable setup types, e.g. Full, Minimal, Custom.

  • Complete uninstall capabilities.

  • Installation of files:

    Includes integrated support for "deflate", bzip2, and 7-Zip LZMA file compression. The installer has the ability to compare file version info, replace in-use files, use shared file counting, register DLL/OCX's and type libraries, and install fonts.

  • Creation of shortcuts anywhere, including in the Start Menu and on the desktop.

  • Creation of registry and .INI entries.

  • Integrated Pascal scripting engine.

  • Support for multilingual installs.

  • Support for passworded and encrypted installs.

  • Silent install and uninstall.

  • Full source code is available (Borland Delphi 2.0-5.0).

Download: Inno Setup
It's a free download, and can be used free of charge even when deploying commercial applications. You are encouraged to donate to help support the development of course!

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  Posted by oVan on Friday, April 27, 2007 | PermaLink | 0 comments
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