Hi Ryan, "Ryan Leavengood" <leavengood@xxxxxxxxx> wrote: > First: I've read through the archives and I see there was an > extensive > discussion over installers in Dec 2001 and Jan 2002. I do not want to > re-hash that discussion. > > I was just wondering if there was any interest in reverse engineering > the pkg format and recreating SoftwareValet and PackageBuilder > exactly > as they are now. I don't think there is any urgent need for a PackageBuilder replacement, but it would certainly be great to have an application that can install packages (but please not the rest of that ugly SoftwareValet :-)). I would also not recreate them "exactly as they are" as there are quite some annoying features in their interface we shouldn't copy. > I used PackageBuilder last night for the first time to create the > Microsoft Font Installer (http://www.bebits.com/app/4331) and it took > me about 15 minutes. The installer package worked perfectly the first > time. So I think it is a pretty slick app. Of course last week I was > battling with the NSIS installer on Windows writing its weird > PHP/Assembly script language combo, so maybe I'm an unusual case. > > I'm willing to do the work on this, but maybe you guys think effort > needs to go other places... It's a nice little app, yes, but it's still there for us to use. I think we'll want something a bit more capable than this, though, at least in the long term (not in the R1 range, unfortunately, I guess). OTOH having a decent frame that could be used for that wouldn't be too bad either, and a nice addition to our developer tools as well. Hey, as you can see, I'm a bit undecisive about this - maybe someone else has better arguments and a clear vision about this ;-) Bye, Axel.