SFXMaker 1.3.1 Final - a Switchless Installer maker

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SFXMaker 1.3.1 Final - a Switchless Installer maker

Post by iuli_kyle » Thu Jun 19, 2008 12:34 pm

Hello,

Glad to see you in 2013 ... with a new SFXMaker version, 1.3.1 Final. You can check the changes in changelog page. What took me so long to get the final version up ? Quite a long story there.
Anyway, i have a big announcement to make, since this will be the last version of SFXMaker build by me. Yep, you heard it right. I know, it's quite sad, since there's a strong comunity back there who uses my little tool. Reason is simple : full-time job, which takes all my free time.

If there are any interested developers who want to continue what i've build up until now, feel free to contact me, more to discuss in private.
Also, i set up a pledgie account, so, if no one is interested to be an independent developer, i will open source SFXMaker after i reach the goal. More details on my website and pledgie page !

If you like SFXMaker, please consider making a donation to show your support and help.

Best of luck in life, dear users of SFXMaker !

Iuli.

Changelog

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-Added Windows 8 support
-Added information GUI about SFXMaker's future
-Added better support for larger files (more than 2 GB installers)
-Updated some language files
-Fixed small bug with project files (*.sfp)
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If you encounter any bugs, or you would like to make a suggestion, feel free to post.
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Post by Stimpy » Thu Jun 19, 2008 1:02 pm

Welcome back!

This looks very interesting, going to give it a try...

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Post by mr_smartepants » Mon Jun 23, 2008 2:47 pm

This would be better if you can select an entire folder to compress along with the installer file.
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Post by iuli_kyle » Tue Jun 24, 2008 1:18 am

mr_smartepants wrote:This would be better if you can select an entire folder to compress along with the installer file.
I will add features while developing the application. This feature was not intended for the next version, but i'll think about it.
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Post by iuli_kyle » Tue Jun 24, 2008 4:09 pm

Updated to 0.6 Beta !
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Post by lsrkin » Mon Jun 30, 2008 11:19 am

Thx for great tool!!!

Are u going to add batch.files support?

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Post by iuli_kyle » Wed Jul 02, 2008 8:59 am

lsrkin wrote:Thx for great tool!!!

Are u going to add batch.files support?
Yes, definitely.
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Post by Wesmosis » Wed Jul 02, 2008 6:38 pm

thanx, gonna try it ASAP

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Post by iuli_kyle » Tue Jul 08, 2008 5:52 am

Updated to 0.7 Beta !
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Post by ENU_user » Tue Jul 08, 2008 10:05 am

good work!

i guess this can use another tab: ;)


Directory Path: pointing to a installer.bat or installer.inf file so all files in the directory will get packed along ..

run after extraction: it can be auto detected from the previous step
if it an inf file: "RunDll32.exe setupapi,InstallHinfSection DefaultInstall 132 installer.inf,0"
for bat or other executables : " cmd /c installer.bat"
or whatever the user chooses to input

if there are no installers found in the path
you will need to use the directory browser which I too happen to hate ..or use some other trick ;

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Post by iuli_kyle » Tue Jul 15, 2008 2:07 am

I will add help too. Next version will be a huge update :)
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Post by iuli_kyle » Thu Jul 17, 2008 6:58 pm

Updated to 0.7 RC1 !
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Post by cybpsych » Thu Jul 17, 2008 8:25 pm

hi!

curious though... any updates to mr_smartepants' suggestion to compress a whole folder?

fyi, some drivers or software installations comes with ZIP ... with SFXMaker, it'd be best to compress an entire folder in 7z SFX ....

CreateurSFX has this feature, but unfortunately it has not been updated for quite some time.

another suggestion: The ability to change the Version string ... this feature enables us to edit the "Version" info of a particular file ... it can be done manually by reshack the SFX module, but automation via SFXMaker is highly desirable! ;)

thanks!

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Post by iuli_kyle » Fri Jul 18, 2008 2:07 am

This was just a quick update. I'm gonna be off for two weeks, so i updated it with the latest bug-fixes. 0.7 final will not support directory compression. As i said, i will add features as i develop because to many things added once can make SFXMaker very unstable. C'ya !
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Post by iuli_kyle » Mon Jul 28, 2008 2:52 pm

Updated to 0.7 Final !
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Post by lsrkin » Wed Aug 06, 2008 8:19 pm

Hi, this tool is great!

But is there a way to put .bat and exe file in same silent installer?

I'll explain what i mean:

I have
nLite-1.4.8.installer.exe and
nlite.cmd
in the same folder.

In nlite.bat file there are 2 strings:
nLite-1.4.8.installer.exe /VERYSILENT /SUPPRESSMSGBOXES /NORESTART /SP-
xcopy "%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\nlite\nlite.lnk" "%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Desktop"

So it would be great if silent installer would do all job.

You can take an example of how to do this in nlite_addon_maker
http://www.msfn.org/board/Add-On-Maker- ... n+maker%5C

Thx!!!

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Post by iuli_kyle » Sat Aug 09, 2008 6:20 am

I will add this feature, so you will be able to select the entire directory for compression and a file inside it to be ran. Still, dunno if it'll be in 8.0 Beta, because i'm overwhelmed with bug-fixing of the many features i added. Stay still ! SFXMaker 8.0 Beta will be out soon with a lot of features :)
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Post by iuli_kyle » Sat Aug 16, 2008 5:34 am

Updated to 0.8 Beta ! Huge update, check out the first post for more info!
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Post by mf3imp » Sat Aug 16, 2008 7:58 am

Hi, I've started the translation of your program (very useful) in italian. But, as in some other tool that I've translated (rvmintegrator and so...) Many strings are "cutted", because in italian some terms are too longer.
Now I'm trying to "shorting" some strings, but I'll prevently ask if it's possible to expand a little the program windows (make in a little bit wider). I tink that also other translation (like french) will benefit of a little wider interface.
Regards, mf3imp.

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Post by iuli_kyle » Sat Aug 16, 2008 8:29 am

mf3imp wrote:Hi, I've started the translation of your program (very useful) in italian. But, as in some other tool that I've translated (rvmintegrator and so...) Many strings are "cutted", because in italian some terms are too longer.
Now I'm trying to "shorting" some strings, but I'll prevently ask if it's possible to expand a little the program windows (make in a little bit wider). I tink that also other translation (like french) will benefit of a little wider interface.
Regards, mf3imp.
Yeah sure, i'll expand the labels. Romanian has some cutted strings to. Anyway, thanks for being interested in translating and using SFXMaker. Enjoy !
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Post by mf3imp » Tue Aug 26, 2008 6:35 am

Hello, I've (finally) completed the italian translation. For the moment, I've uploaded it to megaupload... less than 4 kb :)

http://www.megaupload.com/it/?d=FICDYCNA

Let me know if in the next release is necessary to change some string (I can try to "cut" some string, maybe using different word) if expanding the label is not sufficient.

mf3imp

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Post by iuli_kyle » Thu Aug 28, 2008 9:14 am

Thank you for you translation. Will be added to next version. However, in the next version, there are more strings. I will post English.lng so you can translate them :)
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Autoit Error

Post by Jamshed_11946 » Fri Aug 29, 2008 1:16 pm

Hello.when i select use "EXEs icon" option i get this error always

"Autoit Error
Line -1

Error:Badly formatted "Func"" statement."

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Re: Autoit Error

Post by iuli_kyle » Sat Aug 30, 2008 3:01 am

Jamshed_11946 wrote:Hello.when i select use "EXEs icon" option i get this error always

"Autoit Error
Line -1

Error:Badly formatted "Func"" statement."
I know about this bug ... however, it is fixed in the next version :)
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Post by arco » Sat Aug 30, 2008 5:48 pm

Wow this must be one of the most complete tools of the SFX. Some suggestions. I hope this tool will have all the options (in the future) that the other tools have.

- UPX support (to pack the .sfx file, see my topic here - sow your package will be smaller).
- An option to see the packaging parameters (yes I know some of us are just curiously to what is behind the ultra or other settings).
- If possible more supported icon file formats, like gif of png. (now you have to unpack the .ico file with an other program).
- To make your tool completer add 7Split to unpack SFX.
- If you have nothing to do: proxy support for the update process.
- For the real fast tweaker: command line support.
- Probably difficult but nice: automate regfile to 7sfx txt convert (and other parameters)

Update
- 7z v4.60

Will be here...... (to translate)
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Post by iuli_kyle » Sat Aug 30, 2008 6:25 pm

Thank you for being interested in SFXMaker. Now i must say a Wow ... a lot of features to add. Next version will be featuring the Creating switchless installer of an entire directory. I'm working quite hard to get this feature functional and working :). Anyway, i will (surely) add this features in future. Thank you again, Iuli.
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Post by iuli_kyle » Fri Sep 05, 2008 5:27 am

Updated to 0.9 Beta !
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Post by arco » Fri Sep 05, 2008 11:30 am

Thanks for implementing one of my future request, it's working nice.

Updates:
- ExeInfo PE v0.0.1.9 A

Issues:
- Crash if you select 'this computer' by Directory Path.
- If you select a silent switch you can't change the SFX version anymore (get an error when you clicked on Create)

Questions:
- This version of 7zsd is another version then the ones you use, do you know the difference (my link is the latest official). I think you're using the one from Igor Pavlov? If he had one.
- I don't know the exact difference, but you can also use the standard plugin of 7z (see the zip file here). I think you used the files from the installer? Or check the extra binary package (with the new 4.60 and other files)

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Post by iuli_kyle » Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:18 pm

@arco

Thanks for feedback :)

Updates
-Will update ExeInfo PE in the nest version :)

Issues
-Yeah ... i thought i fixed that (it seems that compiled exe does not work like the one is not compiled, fixing ...)
-Not fully understanded, please be more explicit :)

Answers
-I'm using the official 7zS.sfx (from the creator of 7-zip). The one you linked me to is a modded version, which may contain bugs and so on. I will not use any 3rd party files.
-As i said above, i use the LATEST and OFFICIAL files, to avoid bugs that may come with 3rd party files.

Thanks,
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Post by arco » Sat Sep 06, 2008 1:26 pm

- If you select a silent switch you can't change the SFX version anymore (get an error when you clicked on Create) explanation:


Don't use the option 'Silent Switches:' and you can use by Strings 'Version'. Use 'Silent Switches:' change the box behind 'Version' and click on 'Çreate'. You'll get the error: 'Please enter a valid output path'.

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Post by iuli_kyle » Sun Sep 07, 2008 4:05 am

arco wrote:- If you select a silent switch you can't change the SFX version anymore (get an error when you clicked on Create) explanation:


Don't use the option 'Silent Switches:' and you can use by Strings 'Version'. Use 'Silent Switches:' change the box behind 'Version' and click on 'Çreate'. You'll get the error: 'Please enter a valid output path'.
You get that error ONLY, but ONLY when you do not select a path for the switchless installer. Looked trough the code, tested my own and it works :)
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Post by arco » Sun Sep 07, 2008 9:07 am

Ahh yeah right and now do I see the new issue :P Don't chose a switch, click on yes of you get a popup and the program is creating an archive but he don't know where he'll place it, so the program is staying on: creating archive. You need a popup over a popup :o

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Post by iuli_kyle » Sun Sep 07, 2008 10:34 am

Tested right now on the condition you specified and it works like a charm :) Tested both for installer and directory.
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Post by arco » Sun Sep 07, 2008 1:00 pm

Oke maybe I can't right explain it :P, I would ask it so: what will happen if you don't select an output path for the SFX and you don't get a warning about that? (but you can create a SFX?). Your tool don't know were to place it so it doesn't work. And that's what I got, if I choose no silent switch.

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Post by mesrine_29 » Mon Sep 08, 2008 11:51 am

thank you, I have translated into french...

French Traduction By mesrine_29
#Windows Xp Clowns Sp3.
#Windows XP tlemcen-electronic .
#Windows XP Pro ultimate by mesrine_29.

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Post by iuli_kyle » Mon Sep 08, 2008 4:27 pm

@arco : If you don't select an output path you will not be able to create a switchless installer.

@mesrine_29 : Thanks you for your translation . Still, will be not included in the next version because there are some new strings :)
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Post by SoKoOLz » Mon Sep 08, 2008 10:49 pm

Very neat, thx for this tool.

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How can i pack and extract files thruogh sfx maker

Post by Jamshed_11946 » Tue Sep 09, 2008 6:00 am

Hi.iuli.Thanks for this nice tool.But i have some suggestions to you that you should include an option to extract files at specific path.Is it correct are not.

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Post by iuli_kyle » Tue Sep 09, 2008 6:27 am

@SoKoOlz : Thanks ^^

@Jamshed_11946 : Yes ... will add this :)

@ Everyone : I just build up a forum. Everyone that is interested in SFXMaker may register to http://isoft.ipbfree.com/ :). Btw, i'm still working to design, layout and functionality.
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Post by mrZoSo » Tue Sep 09, 2008 10:55 pm

I want to try SFXMaker, it looks really helpful. But when I go to download it, from any of the limks, I get this virus warning:

Win32:trojan-gen{other}

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Post by iuli_kyle » Wed Sep 10, 2008 2:34 am

mrZoSo wrote:I want to try SFXMaker, it looks really helpful. But when I go to download it, from any of the limks, I get this virus warning:

Win32:trojan-gen{other}
No malware ... Believe me. Softpedia tested it and found malware-free. Your AV reacts so due to heuristic scan of UPX compression. Check softpedia if you don't believe me :)
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Post by code65536 » Wed Sep 10, 2008 3:19 am

mrZoSo wrote:I want to try SFXMaker, it looks really helpful. But when I go to download it, from any of the limks, I get this virus warning:

Win32:trojan-gen{other}
Hehehehe. Yea, AV is very suspicious of anything that's PE-packed.
My addons: CmdOpen - HashCheck - Notepad2 - MS Runtimes - DirectX

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Post by ENU_user » Wed Sep 24, 2008 7:39 am

if any evidence exists accordingly to all what a review has to say about a radical then it must be a real virus
if the evidence are absent then wait till the next post arrives claiming the same thing ;)

iuli_kyle, nice updates ,for the directory tab
you should allow "file to run" so its possible to direct the path straight to the .bat where "directory path" is then auto filled accordingly .. to where the *.bat file is found ...

it makes sense to make it work that way as it is all under directory TAB anyway & possibly because this app is so very well organized

very nice work here!!

cheers

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Post by iuli_kyle » Fri Sep 26, 2008 8:34 am

@ENU_user : This feature will need a lot of code changing and i'm not willing to do it right now. Maybe in the future, but i don't see the point of this feature. While functionality is my first target, this will need a lot more.
Anyway, i will think about it.

Next version will be out as soon as i receive the translations (French, Italian and maybe other too).
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Post by iuli_kyle » Thu Oct 02, 2008 10:25 am

Updated to 1.0 Beta ! This is the last time SFXMaker is updated here .
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Post by ccl0 » Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:07 am

i think you might have put the wrong link. b/c on another forum it was http://www.isoft-online.tk/ that was posted

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Post by iuli_kyle » Mon Oct 20, 2008 5:07 pm

Yep, sorry for mistyping. Fixed in first post :)
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Post by iuli_kyle » Tue Dec 30, 2008 4:42 pm

Updated site link :) !
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Post by ccl0 » Thu Apr 23, 2009 2:04 pm

i like the new site layout

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Post by iuli_kyle » Fri May 01, 2009 3:36 pm

ccl0 wrote:i like the new site layout
Happy to hear that :D !
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