FileStorm
FileStorm 2.0.2
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FileStorm and FileStorm Pro take advantage of the latest advancements in OS X to offer a rich WYSIWYG user interface to create customized disk image files (.dmg files) for delivering software products via the Internet. In addition, the built-in CD burning capabilities allow the developer to seamlessly create CD-ROMs from disk images. The developer has the capability to easily customize the look and feel of their disk images with customized backgrounds, icon placement, and more. The fully visual interface allows the developer to see exactly how their disk image will look in
What's New
Version 2.0.2:
  • We fixed a window sizing error that would cause the content area of the DMG window to be larger than the content area of the Filestorm project window.
  • FileStorm 2.x installers are now compatible with Mac OS X v10.3.9.
  • FileStorm installers now require Mac OS X v10.3.9 or greater.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.1 or later



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CFrag reviewed on 24 Jul 2012
FileStrom used to be one of the best disk image creation tools available for the Mac. Unfortunately, lack of updates and issues with representations on 10.7 Lion have forced us to switch to another tool.

Definite pluses for FS are the ability to run scripts, the automatic uninstaller, and its ability to create backdrops for your images. It's really a shame that the backdrop feature is broken in 10.7. If you need to create disk images that looks appealing to your client (which is part of what we do), FS is now straight out. A shame, really, because FS used to be a good tool.
[Version 2.0.2]


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Pukky reviewed on 07 Feb 2010
The best software-install disk image creator for Mac! FileStorm was a must-have tool for all the software comapanies that publish their software!
[Version 2.0.2]


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Feh.-App-Store commented on 07 Jan 2010
Wow. Haven't seen this in years. Free update for us 1.X owners, listed improvements are good. Props.
[Version 2.0]


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Pedro-Fardilha commented on 20 Feb 2008
Hi.

I will need to make an installer in the near future so I'm quite curious about how is this any better than using the (free) Apple PackageMaker.
If someone could give me some hits that would be great.

Thank you so much!
Pedro
[Version 1.9.5]

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karsten@briksoftware.com commented on 22 Feb 2008
You can use FileStorm to create disc images with a custom background and place the icons where they appear after in the final disc image. That makes it extremely convenient to create disc images like you can see in most applications.

If you need to create an installer using apple's package maker, you probably have to install files somewhere in the system. If you don't have to do that and just have a single application file that can be moved to the applications folder you should stick to a disc image.

If you use FileStorm for the disc image creation is up to you, as you can also do that with apple's Disk Utility app (google for it, there're plenty tutorials out there on how to do that) but the usability of FileStorm compared to using Disk Utility is so much better!

Karsten
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Josh Ferguson commented on 26 Jan 2010
The primary difference between Apple's Packagemaker and the Filestorm installers are customizability and ease-of-use. Filestorm installers are incredibly easy to build (drag a file in, specify an install location, build), and allow you to customize the flow of the installer in ways that PackageMaker doesn't. For instance, you could install files, display a readme, and install some other files. When you add a file to the installer, you simply specify what its role will be (if it's RTF, you could display it as a readme...if it's a PNG you can display it as a billboard image during installation, etc.), and the installer will execute all the specified actions in the order you see them in the installer properties.

I'd recommend giving it a try, The Filestorm demo allows you to build installers, they're just time-limited and watermarked.

Disclaimer: I am the developer of this application.
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@timi reviewed on 20 Feb 2008
FileStorm is great! It has never failed me! MindVision support is always on top of trying to help you, and the program makes disk images professional. Just drag and drop your files in, and move them where you want them. It really couldn't be easier!

I use it to package all of my software, and it's really bumped up the way people look at my software!
[Version 1.9.5]


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Maruko Drinking Team reviewed on 10 Feb 2008
This is quite literally one of the worst software purchases I have ever made in my entire Mac-using life. Due to several different bugs that I discovered while trying to use it, I never did use FileStorm beyond that first project that I bought it for.

Nevertheless, every time I update that old project, FileStorm fails in a different way. Broken disk images, crashes, or error alerts stating that my valid license code can't be used due to error number whatever. Each time I use this app, I end up having to email tech support, wait for their reply, and then do something like run some typo-riddled installer (not a standard installer, mind you, but the crappy one this company makes), which they email me as an attachment, giving admin privileges and let it do lord knows what to my system. Stay away from this junk!
[Version 1.9.1]


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Sosarian commented on 16 Jan 2008
FileStorm 1.9.1 usually fails in its disk image finalizing process under Leopard (10.5 and 10.5.1). They have apparently fixed this problem internally a couple of months ago but are sitting on the fix for some reason.

If MindVision could just release 1.9.2 with this one fix, FileStorm would be great again. I hope they're not expecting to make people pay for an upgraded 2.0 in order to get a fix for this problem.

Bottom line, if you're a Leopard user, 1.9.1 may be a waste of your time and money.
[Version 1.9.1]

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karsten@briksoftware.com replied on 02 Feb 2008
yeah that's true... this app is insanely great for creating cool custom dmg files, but it's most unfortunate that it behaves so badly in 10.5... if you need to finalize a dmg more than once while your mac is running it's really hard to do so. it seems that sometimes the dmg is not unmounted properly and then you really have to restart your mac to have the finalization process working again :-/

anyway, still the best app to create custom disk images
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Abhi Beckert commented on 22 Dec 2005
Do your users a favor and avoid third party installers if at all possible.

Use a dmg for apps, and show any license agreements/read mes the first time a user opens the app.

If you need to install extensions or something, use a standard installer package. User's are familiar with them, they work well, and you never have to worry about bugs in future versions of the OS.
[Version 1.8.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 06 May 2005
I have been happy with FileStorm until now. It doesn't seem to work properly on OS X 10.4 Tiger. The resulting disk image opens, but the layout is completely messed up.

Hope there'll be a fix soon.
[Version 1.8]


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Anonymous reviewed on 24 Apr 2005
Insanely easy to create customized disk images with license agreements, etc. Bought it right away. Nice work!
[Version 1.8]


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Date:26 Jan 2010
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FileStorm and FileStorm Pro take advantage of the latest advancements in OS X to offer a rich WYSIWYG user interface to create customized disk image files (.dmg files) for delivering software products via the Internet. In addition, the built-in CD burning capabilities allow the developer to seamlessly create CD-ROMs from disk images. The developer has the capability to easily customize the look and feel of their disk images with customized backgrounds, icon placement, and more. The fully visual interface allows the developer to see exactly how their disk image will look in real-time.

Features:
  • Create compressed, read-only disk image (DMG) files.
  • Use custom background images and volume icons.
  • Burn CDs from disk images.
  • Protect disk images with password authentication.
  • Set disk images to open after mounting.
  • Automate the build process with AppleScript
For software installations that require more than drag and drop delivery, there is FileStorm Pro. FileStorm Pro has all the functionality of FileStorm, plus it includes powerful tools to create installers which fully utilize the Aqua user interface in OS X. The installers can be customized with read me files, license agreements, multimedia files, and much more.


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