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09-25-1997, 12:00 AM
I just purchased InstallShield 5 and the "manual" and on-line help is, IMO,
ludicrous. I am at a loss for words at how bad the documentation is. In any
event, I tried the "creating a Setup" Chapt 4 in their manual. After I
finished the example my only response was what the heck happened? I've got
a VB5 app which uses a small Access database and a few DLLs from another
vendor. How do I tell this thing that it needs to get the database and the
DLLs and put them on the bleeding floppies? I gues what I'm asking "is
there a REAL manual for this crazy software?" BTW, I've been programming
for some 20 years in 8 or 9 languages so I *DO* have some experience.
If there is not a REAL manual my next question is " who are these guy's
competitors? I wanna talk to them.

I guess you can see I'm pretty frustrated at this point

Regards,

Jim

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09-25-1997, 12:00 AM
Jim[ster],

InstallShield do not have the best docs in the world. The product
nonetheless does everything you'd ever want it to do.

InstallShield 5 is a complete tool which lets you do pretty much
anything everything imaginable for a setup. Look at the IS support area
on the Web, it has loads of white papers (Technotes) and KB articles
you'll find very useful.

You quit simply will need to write code. Your programming experience
will come in very useful.

If you want life to be "easy" try something like InstallShield
Express. This attempts to make life easy. Unfortunately it fails to
give the control that a proper tool affords. The same goes for the VB
Setup "Wizard", except that its ten times worse. (Yeah yeah yeah, they
give you the source so you can fix it !!!).

So, please relax. If you want life to be "easy", use IS Express. If
you dont really mean what you said in your fit of rage, perservere with
IS, its worth it.

There's a reason why MS use it too, its the best product on the markete
by far. Other tools may look pretty or promise much, vbut IS quite
simply lets you do _everything_.

If only somebody out there would tell me about VBDs please.............

HTH

Ruben

Jimster wrote:
>
> I just purchased InstallShield 5 and the "manual" and on-line help is, IMO,
> ludicrous. I am at a loss for words at how bad the documentation is. In any
> event, I tried the "creating a Setup" Chapt 4 in their manual. After I
> finished the example my only response was what the heck happened? I've got
> a VB5 app which uses a small Access database and a few DLLs from another
> vendor. How do I tell this thing that it needs to get the database and the
> DLLs and put them on the bleeding floppies? I gues what I'm asking "is
> there a REAL manual for this crazy software?" BTW, I've been programming
> for some 20 years in 8 or 9 languages so I *DO* have some experience.
> If there is not a REAL manual my next question is " who are these guy's
> competitors? I wanna talk to them.
>
> I guess you can see I'm pretty frustrated at this point
>
> Regards,
>
> Jim