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File Packaging Applications Suggestions

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I now need to package up some files and put them in a easy-to-extract form for people to download and extract my game. What is a decent application to use, for example is Install Shield a good choice? I believe I saw that winRAR has some type of extraction program as well. Any suggestions? Is there actually much of a difference anyways between extraction programs? Thanks, Carradine

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Install Shield is expensive last I checked. What I use is "Inno Setup" (do a google search for it) which will create a nice setup.exe file. Alternatively you can just place everything in a .zip file, however that isn't nearly as nice looking as a self-extracting setup.

[edit] BTW: Inno Setup is free even for commercial use [/edit]

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This is more of an full installer but:

Nullsoft Scriptable Install System

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NSIS (Nullsoft Scriptable Install System) is a tool that allows programmers to create such installers for Windows. It is released under an open source license and is completely free for any use.


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Andrew

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how do installers work?
i would create a huge file store the information in some sort of assambler file where i declare a variable/array and link this to a executeable

the executeable will then be able to extract the information from the array

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I personally like NSIS, but I've used INNO once or twice as well, and it's quite nice as well. I'd recommend either of those.

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Thanks for the suggestions, I went with INNO Setup and it worked great, it has an easy to use wizard that let me set up the whole installation process step by step.

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