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    Hi all,

    I was wondering if anyone had any preferences for distributing java apps.

    I have seen a couple today was wondering what others thought were the best/have more features.

    I have seen:

    Launch4j
    MiniInstaller

    both of which I could not get the desired result.

    I think it is because I have native code in my app.


    What do you think.

    Regards


    Richard

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    On a quick not to this,

    I have been doing some more research, and I have found a nice application:

    Advanced Installer

    Loads of functionality, provides windows app installers and java installer which can compile to a native windows app and mac osx.

    Regards

    Richard

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    Also have a look at IzPack (sorry, no link); it's free and it works for me.

    kind regards,

    Jos

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    Hmmm, Lunch4j works fine in most of the cases.

    More importantly why don't you distribute your application as a JAR package, which could be use in any platform.

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    Cheers,

    I'l have a look in to IzPack, sounds promising.

    The reason I do not distribute as a Jar is for 2 reasons, I have Native C++ code for Mac and PC and I also require that the installer checks wheather the users system has Java installed and is up to the correct version.

    I didn't have much luck with Launch4J, I will have another look at some point.

    Cheers

    Richard

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJRichC View Post
    Cheers,

    I'l have a look in to IzPack, sounds promising.

    The reason I do not distribute as a Jar is for 2 reasons, I have Native C++ code for Mac and PC and I also require that the installer checks wheather the users system has Java installed and is up to the correct version.
    IzPack can do that (according to the documentation); I've never used it because the computers I install the stuff on are all offline (they're located in factories near huge machines etc.) Those people are so stupid, I even had to take out the 'Licence Agreement' panel because they forget to mark the 'I Agree' radio button and then they're stuck ;-) I simply ship a JRE and its installer on the same CD. IzPack is quite flexible when you get the hang of writing its xml installation description file.

    kind regards,

    Jos

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