Managing the Redistributables Gallery

InstallShield 2012 Spring

Live Redistributables Gallery

Because the file size of many of the redistributables is so large, some that are available for use in your projects are not added to your computer when you install InstallShield. However, these redistributables are still available for download from the Internet to your computer. In addition, a newer version of a redistributable that you have on your computer may be available for download.

You can identify the status of a redistributable by its icon. Following is a list of the possible icons in the Redistributables view (or in InstallScript projects, the Objects view or the Prerequisites view) and a description of each:

Redistributable Icons

Icon

Project Type

Description

Basic MSI,
InstallScript,
InstallScript MSI

This InstallShield prerequisite is installed on your computer.

Basic MSI,
InstallScript,
InstallScript MSI

This InstallShield prerequisite is not installed on your computer but it is available for download.

Basic MSI,
InstallScript,
InstallScript MSI

This InstallShield prerequisite is included in your project but its location is not listed in one of the directories that is specified on the Prerequisites tab of the Options dialog box.

Basic MSI,
InstallScript,
InstallScript MSI

This merge module is installed on your computer.

Basic MSI,
InstallScript MSI

This merge module is stored in a repository and is available for inclusion in your project. For more information about repositories, see Using a Repository to Share Project Elements.

Basic MSI,
InstallScript,
InstallScript MSI

This merge module is not installed on your computer but it is available for download.

Basic MSI,
InstallScript MSI

An old version of this merge module is installed on your computer. A new version is available for download.

Basic MSI,
InstallScript,
InstallScript MSI

This object is installed on your computer.

Basic MSI,
InstallScript MSI

This object is not installed on your computer but it is available for download.

Basic MSI,
InstallScript MSI

An old version of this object is installed on your computer. A new version is available for download.

Project: If you add to your project a redistributable that is not installed on your computer, one or more build errors are generated when you build a release. To eliminate the build errors, either remove the redistributable from your project or download it before rebuilding the release. If a redistributable is not installed on your computer, Needs to be downloaded is specified in the Location column for that redistributable.

InstallShield does not permit you to add a redistributable in the Objects view to an InstallScript project if it is not installed on your computer.

Working with the Live Redistributables Gallery

The Redistributables view in Basic MSI and InstallScript MSI projects displays the redistributables gallery, which consists of InstallShield prerequisites, merge modules, and objects, that you can include with your installations. The Prerequisites view in InstallScript projects also displays the gallery of InstallShield prerequisites that you can add to your project.

InstallShield Prerequisites

Many InstallShield prerequisites are available in InstallShield. In addition, the InstallShield Prerequisite Editor in InstallShield enables you to modify these prerequisites and create your own. All InstallShield prerequisite (.prq) files are stored in the following location:

InstallShield Program Files Folder\SetupPrerequisites

Merge Modules

Merge modules are available from a variety of sources. Although InstallShield includes many redistributable modules, new versions may be available or other software developers may have released a module that you need. In addition, InstallShield enables you to create your own merge modules and add them to your redistributables gallery.

The source of the merge module files listed in the Redistributables view is the folder or folders specified on the Merge Modules tab of the Options dialog box. To access the Options dialog box, on the Tools menu, click Options.

The following directory is the default location for the modules that come with InstallShield:

InstallShield Program Files Folder\Modules\i386

Objects

InstallShield provides many redistributable objects and lets you create your own for inclusion in your installations. Furthermore, you may want to add to your projects the objects that other developers created with InstallShield.

The default location for the objects that come with InstallShield is:

InstallShield Program Files Folder\Objects

The objects that are included in the above location are listed in the Redistributables view.

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