InstallBuilder
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Developer tool for creating application installers.   Demo ($995.00)
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InstallBuilder allows you to create easy-to-use installers for Mac OS X, Linux (x86/PPC), Solaris, AIX, HP-UX, FreeBSD, and Windows applications. The generated installer for an application has native look and feel and no external dependencies. BitRock installers can be run in GUI, text, and unattended modes. It has free, fully functional licenses for open source projects.
What's New
Version 8.6.0:
  • Improved text wrapping on Gtk mode
  • Improved to also work at uninstallation time
  • Added Serbian and Lithuanian languages
  • Improved required_diskspace variable to also work at build time
  • Reduced delay when calculating the files to unpack
  • Improved to support spaces in the path
  • Improved rule
  • Improved download progress meter reporting
  • Improved Chinese language autodetection
  • Allow Java launchers to be executed in the background
  • Added new setting
  • Allow configuring JRE/JDK selection order for Java launchers
  • Made builder ignore missing images if they do not belong to the platform being built
  • Made action ignore directories
  • Improved OS X system language detection when running as Administrator
  • Improved builder error reporting when packing distribution files with empty
  • Improved InstallBuilder XML errors reporting
  • Improved detection of HTTP idle connections
  • Allow configuring whether or not component groups should appear expanded
  • Allow reusing already downloaded components if their checksum matches
  • Fixed errors when downloading components bigger than 2GB in some environments
  • Fixed component groups not properly displaying Unicode characters in Qt mode
  • Fixed symbolic link creation failing in some environments
  • Fixed temporary images not being properly deleted on OS X
  • Fixed default application bundle icon not being properly displayed on OS X 10.5
  • Fixed RPM and DEB packages failing to install in some environments
  • Fixed GUI glitch in file and directory parameters in Windows 2008 SP2 x64 when enabling 64bit mode
  • Fixed incorrect progress message when enabling at uninstallation time
  • Fixed rule default logic
Version 8.6.0:
  • Improved text wrapping on Gtk mode
  • Improved to also work at uninstallation time
  • Added Serbian and Lithuanian languages
  • Improved required_diskspace variable to also work at build time
  • Reduced delay when calculating the files to unpack
  • Improved to support spaces in the more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, OS X 10.2 or later



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Stephen_Fry reviewed on 10 Nov 2011
The only way any OSX app should be distributed is within a DMG file. A good coded app doesn't need to put files everywhere. Hell, even the Apple programmers guideline says you shouldnt.

But I guess for Windows this can be a handy app for devs.
Said that, this app is way to expensive. I mean, there are dozens of free tools to do the same (Xcode has one for assembling pkg files)
[Version 8.0.0]

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Stephen_Fry replied on 10 Nov 2011
I would also like to point out that every 5 star review and 'positive' counter-reply has been written be new members with only one review.
Coincidence?
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John Walker reviewed on 09 Sep 2010
The first thing everyone looks at is price before downloading it. You would think that $795 is absurd. When I first looked at it, even I thought it was too expensive. But, it's free to try the demo, so why not?

The installation time might be long enough to pop a small bag of popcorn, but it's worth the wait and you only have to do it once. It's actually pretty fast after that.

Opening it, I find that there are many features in this tool that are typical among installers that are necessary (ReadMe, License, etc.). There are also things like an uninstaller which many other programs that create installers never include. The average user can be frustrated removing something that does not have an uninstaller by means of traditional drag-and-drop to the trash/recycle bin, so it's great to include one in your install. Some installers provide optional splash screens, this one does, too. It has everything you will need.

You might not only get this for the features, but you might also get it for the compatibility of the installs. The compatibility is impressive. It's not just Mac and Windows, but many other operating systems. It's great that this supports some of the less popular operating systems just as much as the popular operating systems. I haven't seen many other programs with such large compatibility.

The reason why I don't want to buy this is because I will never need it, but, if you need the compatibility and/or features, this product is worth its cost. Try it and see what I mean.
[Version 6.5.3]

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John Walker replied on 09 Sep 2010
I forgot to mention the scripting support. Scripts are great for automated configuration, right? This is rarely needed, but sometimes you'll need them. Glad to see InstallBuilder has it.
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Paul Whitcomb reviewed on 08 Aug 2010
In my opinion, this is a pretty good application. I installed it and tried it out. The installation did take about a minute to install, but that wasn't a problem.

There are many features that I thought were incredible useful like an HTML License file. It's typical for most installers to have a readme and license. I looked at "Customization" and saw that it had support for many operating systems that I've never even heard of. There's octal file permissions for windows which is useful at times when you want to make something read-only or not. Another feature that I liked a lot was the Splash Image feature. I don't know why you'd need this but it's good to have one.

The most useful feature was the Uninstaller so you could include an uninstaller in an installation.


If I had the money for such an advanced application, I would buy it. You shouldn't deny this application because of its price.
[Version 6.5.0]


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Idk reviewed on 08 Aug 2010
This application costs too much. There are free tools to make installers for Mac OS X like Apple's Package Maker. There are also free tools to make Linux installers. There are also free tools to make Windows installers. Who would pay almost $800 when they can get something else that does the same thing for free?

Besides, installers are annoying and are usually not needed unless you're installing system files.
[Version 6.5.0]

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Ridru replied on 11 Aug 2010
Hi IDK,

"There are free tools to make installers for Mac OS X like Apple's Package Maker. There are also free tools to make Linux installers. There are also free tools to make Windows installers. Who would pay almost $800 when they can get something else that does the same thing for free?"

For example, somebody who does not want to learn how to create 3 separate installers with 3 different tools, who wants to create all installation packages from a single build machine and who wants support (we strive to provide excellent support to our customers). When you are running a business (and InstallBuilder is targeted at commercial software developers, though we have free licenses for open source projects) one important aspect to consider is how much time a particular tool is going to save you vs. how much it costs. In general, if you need to target more than one platform, InstallBuilder should pay for itself in the time savings alone.

"Besides, installers are annoying and are usually not needed unless you're installing system files. "

If you are installing a simple desktop app, no installer is necessary, just package the .app in a DMG and prompt the user to drag and drop in the Applications folder. However, InstallBuilder is targeted more towards users that require complex installation procedures, in which they need to check pre-requisites, ask the users questions during installation and validate the answers, and so on.

At the end of the day, the best choice depends on how many platforms you need to target, whether you are already familiar with other installation tools, how complex is your installation requirements and so on. For example of what our installers look like, check out http://bitnami.org For a sample of our customers, check out http://installbuilder.bitrock.com/customers.html

Daniel Lopez (InstallBuilder Developer)
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crearn replied on 22 Sep 2011
Agree completely. I write multiplatform software about 5 years and have simple scripts for each platform with build installers form me. It's a really simple scripts. Of course i spent some time to solve all problems when was writing scripts first time, but it's better to spent once 1 week and have full control on installer build then pay ... oh, boy... pay $800 just for mac version?! After i looked at prices more carefully i have no more to say.... Just interesting - how many sells do you have, Daniel?
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Teslanaut commented on 11 Jun 2010
I wonder if this thing has made money. If so, how much. I wonder.
[Version 6.4.0]


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Gobra commented on 11 Jun 2010
Well, there are some applications than need an installation, but the fact is that Mac uses DON'T LIKE installers. Every installer-based software is a pain, it breaks common style of life with simple drag and drop to 'Applications' folder... Every vendor focused on Mac platform should avoid installer when it is possible to make his customer happy ;)
[Version 6.4.0]


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Pripyat commented on 04 May 2010
PackageMaker is free with Xcode, simple, can be extended/customized via easy to code plugins if necessary and it's free for any kind of use. However the time of installers is over in the Mac world since a long time, they've been replaced with *zip (ideally) or *dmgs, which are also free.
[Version 6.3.1]


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Tomis commented on 20 Mar 2009
Dear developers, please just put your entire application in a proper .app package ZIP'd up. If you need to instal support files, do that on first-run.

If, for some crazy reason, you absolutely can not get around the need for an installer, then grab Apple's Xcode, instal it, and go to /Developer/Applications/Utilities/PackageMaker.app

You can add scripts to your instal and all that niftiness, and do it using the native installer package format that users expect and trust.
[Version 6.0.2]


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G. commented on 31 Jul 2007
These installer builders are just not needed on the Mac plattform. Either go with the system installer or, for normal application, use Drag&Drop install.

So, this application is just plain useless.
[Version 4.5.3]

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bitrock replied on 21 Sep 2007
That's not correct. It depends on the type of the application. We have a lot of customers who use InstallBuilder to walk users through complex installation scenarios, with the advantage that the code to do so is shared for the most part between their Linux, Windows and Mac installer. As an example of a Mac installer you can check out the SugarCRM one:

http://www.sugarforge.org/projects/sugarinstaller/

It installs MySQL, Apache and PHP and configures it on the fly. To do this, it needs to check for potential port conflicts, ask the user for the appropriate passwords, etc.

Cheers

Daniel
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gbk replied on 08 Aug 2008
The Apple Developer Tools contains a free app too : "PackageMaker"...
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Dalahast replied on 10 Sep 2010
Last time I checked, PackageMaker did not make installers for other platforms.
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Date:30 Jun 2013
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
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