We have updated Visual Installer so you can choose a PFX file (Personal Information Exchange file) directly from the Visual Installer editor, when you want to code sign a setup package. You don’t need to split the PFX file in a SPC file and a PVK file as before.
The Code Signing tab in the Setup options dialog box in the Visual Installer editor has been updated. In the picture above you can see how the new updated Code Signing tab looks like.
In the Code Signing tab there is now two sub tabs: PFX and SPC / PVK. In these tabs you can choose if you want to use a PFX file or a SPC and a PVK file during the code signing process. If you have specified a PFX file you don’t need to to specify a SPC and a PVK file. And vice versa.
More information about code signing in Visual Installer
More general information about code signing in Visual Installer is available on this web page:
> Visual Installer – Can create a code signed setup package
Twitter is a popular social networking and microblogging service on the Web that let users send and read short text-based messages (up to 140 characters), also known as a “tweets”. We have now created an ActiveX component (Active control) that can be used to send messages (tweets) directly from desktop applications.
We have also inluded a URL shortering function in the Twitter ActiveX. The function uses the Bitly service to shorten URLs, but it is also possible to the let Twitter shorten the URLs. Both systems are supported by the Twitter component.
You can read more about the Twitter ActiveX component on this web page on our web site:
> SamLogic’s Twitter Component: SLTwitCtrl ActiveX Control
Other news: Also our desktop applications will support Twitter soon
We will also add support for Twitter in our other software. We will first add support to our e-mail marketing tool MultiMailer. You will soon be able to send tweets directly from the program. You can for example tweet about your latest newsletter that you just sent out, or currently is delivering! We will also add this functionality to Visual Installer, so you can tweet about new versions of your software directly from Visual Installer. Same function will be added to CD-Menu Creator.
More information about this new feature in our desktop applications will be coming soon.
In a previous blog thread we published a list of websites that provide free icons (small pictures) that can be used for your newsletter, homepage, blog or program. In this blog thread we bring up a new article that you can find on our homepage which contains links to websites where you can download free images (for example photos) of high quality. Even those pictures will fit well your newsletters, blogs, homepages and programs etc.
There are many websites on the Internet that offer professional images such as photos or computer generated pictures. In an article we have put together a list of links to such websites with high level of standard. Many of these images can be used for free for both private and commercial purposes while others can be bought cheaply. The available image formats usually are JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIFF and BMP. The article brings also up some search engines – specialized for images – that you can use for finding free images or images you are willing to pay for. You can find the article here:
> Free pictures for newsletters and your blog
In this blog thread we wrote about a good program (Axialis IconWorkshop) that can be used for creating your own icons. An alternative for creating your own icons is to use ready-made icons instead. You can find many websites on the Internet that provide you with ready-made icons of high quality. These icons can be used both for a program and for a webpage. They can even often be used for blogs and newsletters etc. You can use many of the icons for free, i.e. they will not cost you anything, while other icons can be bought for a quite small amount of money.
Search engines that can find icons
There are many good search engines that helps you to look for icons. One good example is IconFinder that can be used for looking up both free icons and icons that you need to pay for. IconFinder contains a large selection of diverse icons. At the time of writing this blog thread there are 214 330 icons available in their database.
Even websites like FindIcons and IconArchive offer many icons for both private and commercial purposes. Both the sites have embedded search engines that make it easy to locate icons of a certain category or look. In certain cases even Google image search can be used for looking up icons.
List of websites with free icons
There is a large number of websites on the Internet that offer you beautiful and well-designed icons. Many of these icons can be used for free for both private and commercial purposes while others will cost you a little bit of money. The available icon formats usually are PNG, GIF, ICO and in some cases even PSD (Abode Photoshop) or BMP. Bellow you can find a list of links with some good websites that we recommend:
1st Webdesigner – Web Design Blog – Over 30 icon sets for designers and developers.
Crystal Clear – Icons from Crystal Clear set by Everaldo Coelho.
Dry icons – Free icons – Many professional icons. They can even design icons at your request.
Fast icon – Many icons with professional look. You can even create icons.
Free Icons Web – Over 28 000 free icons and 950 icon sets.
iCandies Icon Set – 60 free icons for your user interface or your app.
IconDock – Free icon collections rated by users.
IconSpedia – Contains many free icons of high class.
Noupe – Icons in PSD format, but for most of the icons there are even PNG images available.
Shutterstock – for you who is willing to pay
For you who is willing to pay a bit extra there is a website that we really can recommend -
Shutterstock. They have an enormous number of icons for commercial purposes and you will probably find every thinkable icon in their collection.
Both SamLogic CD-Menu Creator and SamLogic Visual Installer give you the possibility to add your own icon to your project. To create an icon you need a program that helps you to form icons and in many cases Microsoft Visual Studio is sufficient for that purpose. However, Visual Studio has some flaws concerning icon handling (among others shortfalls with handling the color palettes) so if you want to make creating icons easier and escape those problems, it can be a good idea to use a program that specializes in the task instead.
There are several different programs at the market. We use Axialis IconWorkshop which is easy to use while still being a powerful tool. The program can create icons both for Windows and Mac OS and it can convert between them as well. If you use Visual Studio, you can add Icon Workshop as a plug-in into your Microsoft development environment.
You can read more about Axialis IconWorkshop at their webpage:
> Webpage – Axialis IconWorkshop
We have updated Visual Installer with a new function; you can now set a relative size for the setup window. The size is specified with a percent value, so the setup window will always cover a specified percentage of the screen. The percentage is easily specified using a visual slider (as shown in the picture to the right).
Below is a picture that shows how a setup window can cover a part of the screen.
Where to find the slider?
You can open the dialog box with the slider from two places in the program:
- Via the Object – Setup window menu item. Press the Change button to the right of the Percentage size option in the dialog box that is shown.
- When you choose a New project. Press the Settings button and Change size button.
(This function is available in Visual Installer version 9.5.20 and later.)
Frederick Barton at the FindMySoft website has written a review of our newsletter marketing software SamLogic MultiMailer:
“Sending newsletters by email is one of the most efficient ways of marketing a product, so it is important to send newsletters to as many potential customers as possible. With SamLogic MultiMailer, you can do much more than send bulk emails. The software enables you to send personalized messages to all recipients, handle subscription requests and more.”
You can read the full review on this page on FindmySoft’s website:
> Review – SamLogic MultiMailer – Send newsletters to any number of recipients
On the web page you will also find a “quick look” video of SamLogic MultiMailer that shows some of the features in the software. The video highlights the way the application looks and works, and shows how to perform basic tasks with it.
If you have a newer version of the MultiMailer e-mail newsletter program you may have noticed that the program displays information about how many contacts that have opened and clicked on links in newsletters, and also who that have opened and clicked. All this is handled by two servers on the web. MultiMailer can download the information and show the statistics and data in the Statistics tab of the program.
Where are the servers?
The two servers are located in the following two domains on the Internet:
Server 1: http://www.samlogic-multimailer.com
Server 2: http://www.multimailer-statistics.com
Server 1 is dimensioned for minor e-mail campaigns and server 2 is dimensioned for larger e-mail campaigns.
USB Menu Creator is a new product from SamLogic Software that can be used to create AutoRun menu interfaces for USB sticks / pen drives. The created menu interface will be opened automatically when the USB stick is plugged into a USB port in the end-user’s computer. From the menu the end-user can start a setup program, run an application, open a document, play a video or Flash animation, open a web page etc.
USB Menu Creator is a special bundle that contains the following three SamLogic programs:
- SamLogic CD-Menu Creator – A tool that can be used to design menu interfaces.
- SamLogic USB AutoRun Creator – Adds AutoRun capabilities to USB sticks.
- SamLogic Image Resizer – Resizes and adapts images for use with menus.
More information about USB Menu Creator is available on the following page:
> USB Menu Creator – Creates AutoRun Menu Interfaces for USB Flash Drive Device
EV Code Signing, also called Extended Validation Code Signing, is a new code signing method that is supported by the new Microsoft Windows 8 operating system and by the Internet Explorer 9 and Internet Explorer 10 web browsers. It’s considered to be a safer method than traditional code signing because a hardware token and a PIN code is involved in the code signing process.
Also the identity verification and authentication process is more rigorous. The process is similar to the process of getting EV SSL certificates. On the negative side is that EV Code Signing is more expensive than traditional code signing.
Read our article about EV Code Signing
If you want to know more about the EV Code Signing technology you can read the following informative article on our website:
> Extended Validation (EV) Code Signing
Did you know that there are tips & tricks pages available for our programs? In the tips & tricks pages we show how to use the software in different circumstances, and we describe some technical details about the programs that are not found in the program’s User’s guides. The tips are in step-by-step format which makes them easy to follow. Many of the tips contain images (screen dumps etc.), and some of the tips have also informative video clips that demonstrate the tip.
Below are direct links to tips index pages for our programs. Click on a link to read more about the tips that are available for every program:
> Tips & tricks for SamLogic CD-Menu Creator
> Tips & tricks for SamLogic USB AutoRun Creator
> Tips & tricks for SamLogic USB AutoRun Creator / Small Office
> Tips & tricks for SamLogic Visual Installer
> Tips & tricks for SamLogic MultiMailer
The tips index pages are also available via the Help menu in our programs. If you click on the Tips and Tricks menu item, your webbrowser is opened with the tips index page loaded.
Frederick Barton at the FindMySoft website has written a review of our product SamLogic CD-Menu Creator:
“The software provides a tabbed interface, on which you may customize your menu. Each element has its own tab, with various configuration options. For example, if you select the second tab, you can type the menu’s title, change its font settings and color, align it, add text effects and more. Regardless of which tab you select, you will always find the same options on the lower part of the interface. You can use them to preview your menu, on a separate window, create or execute it.”
You can read the full review on this page on the FindmySoft’s website:
> Review – SamLogic CD-Menu Creator – Create menus for CDs, DVDs and USB flash drives
On the web page you will also find a “quick look” video of SamLogic CD-Menu Creator that shows some of the program’s features. The video highlights the way the application looks and works, and shows how to perform basic tasks with it.