SamLogic Visual Installer - Development Environment


With the Visual Installer installation tool you can create your setup programs visually without any programming. Building a complete installation goes very fast. SamLogic Software was among the first in the world to introduce a fully visual development environment for creating installations so we have lot of experience of how to create easy-to-use visual user interfaces.

The 'File list' tab in Visual Installer   The 'Design tab' in Visual Installer
File list and design editor
The main window of the Visual Installer editor consists of six tabs where the most part of the work to create an installer is done.
In the first tab (with the name File list) you create a list with the files you want to install and specify their destination folders and set other properties (read more here). In the second tab (with the name Design) you can create a graphical setup screen (background screen) which can contain images, texts, a percent gauge, etc. Use of a setup screen in the background is optional; you can also create an installation program that only contains dialog boxes that appear in a sequence, like a wizard. A silent installation, an installation with no user interface and no user interaction at all, can also be created with Visual Installer.
Dialog boxes
In the program's third tab (with the name Dialog boxes) you can select which dialog boxes that should appear during the installation. There are many different kind of dialog boxes included, for example dialog boxes for choosing destination folder, destination drive, program group, file components, password, license key, license text etc. You can change style, texts and pictures for them, and set some other properties. Many ready-to-use dialog box pictures with a professional and stylish design are included so you can quickly and easily create a setup wizard with a professional look. If you have your own pictures that you want to use instead you can do it also.

Registry, INI files and file groups
The other tabs in the editor are used to add keys and values to the Registry (the registry database in Windows), add lines to INI files (Windows settings files) and to group files in file components. If you group files in file components you can let the end-user choose which groups of files to install.

The 'Dialog boxes' tab in Visual Installer
Test before you create
Before you create an installation program, you can simulate an installation to ensure that everything is correct. During a simulation, dialog boxes, graphics, text, gauges etc., are shown as in a real installation, but no files are copied.

Project manager
All settings you make for an installation program are saved in project files. The Professional version of the tool includes a project manager which helps you organize your project files. The project manager is useful if you have a large number of project files or if you have multiple versions of the same project.

More information
More details about Visual Installer
Getting Started With Visual Installer
Visual Installer - User's Guide (PDF)