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I have been given the great task at work ( because I am the new guy ), of writing installation code for some applications that are finished. I am aslo writing documentation on them. Manuals for the users, not code documentation. These programs are older, and written in Win32 or MFC with VC++ 6.0. I looked at InstallShield, and although it looks good... \$ It is very expensive. I was wondering two things... 1. Is there an alternative to InstallShield. It does not have to be free, just cheaper. 2. Are the any programs for writting manuals? Thanks in advance. There is no reason paying my dues should be painful :)

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NSIS Nullsoft Script Installation System, youll have to learn nullsoft script, but it is soo simple, and it comes with many examples of about 30 different types of installers.

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Yeh, I've always liked the Nullsoft installer. Get it here.

Any others???

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The really used ones are NSIS(easy free) Wise(expensive) InstallShield(expensive) and Clickteam(VERY EASY, Used often, but the free version is loaded with nag screens.

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InnoSetup is good, and it's free:

http://www.jrsoftware.org/isinfo.php

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Tried MSI? (Microsoft Installer)
It's free.

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Quote:
 Original post by CoderTried MSI? (Microsoft Installer)It's free.

If you go that way, take a look at WiX

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