Library Creator XML 1.01 available

arno

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I have released a small update for Library Creator XML. In this new version the following things have been changed:

  • Random GUID now calculated my MS GuidGen function
  • Auto updater removed
  • New installer

I want to add some more details about these last two points.

First I have removed the auto updater functionality. The way I implemented it in version 1.00 gave too many trouble. As quite some users missed a required OCX file. I did add it like a sort of test and this way it does not really work. That is why I removed it again.

The second point is that I am now using an installer. In the download thread two versions are available. One is an installer that only installs the Library Creator XML files. The second installer also includes all runtime files requires by Library Creator XML. So users that have never used the tool before or are having trouble with missing runtime files, are adviced to use the full installer.

Please let me know if you like this new installer or maybe if you prefer the old zip file distribution back. If this new installer does not give to many trouble, I will probably use it on all my tools from now. The registry values set by the installer, will also allow me to make a new update checker tool in the future. As I can then read which tools and version you have installed on your system. But that is the next step, if everything works fine :).

You can find the download thread here.
 
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The new installer work really good for me. I have two suggestions:

* How about adding an entry in the right-click-menu of XML-Files "Open with Library Creator"?
* I have the choice between adding one object at a time and a whole folder. How about the possibility to add several objects to be chosen by shift+click in the file selection window?
 

arno

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Hi Georg,

Georg Aubele said:
* How about adding an entry in the right-click-menu of XML-Files "Open with Library Creator"?
Could be a nice idea. I will think about it (and I will have to look up how to add that to the menu :)).

Georg Aubele said:
* I have the choice between adding one object at a time and a whole folder. How about the possibility to add several objects to be chosen by shift+click in the file selection window?
Sounds like a good idea as well. I will test if I can implement this easily with the common file selection screen I use.
 
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Hi!
Just downloading the new versions of Library Creator XML and object placer.
May I say---I much prefer the zip file with the required files or at least a choice like the object placer download, btw from the downloads counter of object placer it is clear that many prefer the zip.

Thanks for these programs I have now changed over to these programs for placing objects.
Regards
bahri
 
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Installer again

Hi!
Sorry about that the counter was not on the xml version of object placer (I still klike the zip archives better though)

Thanks again
bahri
 

arno

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Hi Bahri,

bahri said:
May I say---I much prefer the zip file with the required files or at least a choice like the object placer download, btw from the downloads counter of object placer it is clear that many prefer the zip.
The fact that the zip file has been downloaded more is mainly because I haven't updated that tool for a very long time (as you already noticed) :).

I will note your preference for the zip files though. If mainly people prefer them, I will think about it. On the other hand there were a lot of problems with people missing DLL files when I only offered the zip files and I hope to solve that now.

One other advantage of the installer is that with the registry code written by the installer I am able to make an update checker tool (which I hope to start working on soon). So that people can easier see if new versions are available.
 

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Hi Arno.

I would hope you'd keep a zip version. I do not like auto-installers, for 2 reasons. I do not know exactly what is being installed or where.

I also do not like programs that involve the WindowsXP Registry. So much junk is placed in the Registry, that I need to run a Registry cleaner weekly.

I recently cleaned a friend's computer that was suffering from a huge performance problem... over 2000 Registry items were removed!

Zip files, and programs that do not involve the registry are 1000% better in my opinion.

There's also a simple IQ test for endusers:

If an enduser cannot figure out how to unzip, and follow a simple included text of directions to setup a program, then he probably should not use that program.

Dick
 

arno

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Hi Dick,

rhumbaflappy said:
There's also a simple IQ test for endusers:

If an enduser cannot figure out how to unzip, and follow a simple included text of directions to setup a program, then he probably should not use that program.
In general I agree with you here, but there have also been troubles with quite some users who miss runtime files etc. These are easier to install when you use an installer (when you have to instruct people on how to register them from the DOS prompt I think it is getting a bit too complex for a normal user). Maybe it is an idea then to make installer for these runtime files and do the rest with the good old zip file.

On the other hand, the use of an installer (with some registry keys) would also allow me to make an update checker tool. I will think about what I prefer. But I will certainly consider your comments.
 
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