To get a screensaver on to an end-user's system requires hundreds of files, libraries to be copied, and many OS-level settings to be changed. It's not something the average user can do by hand. For this reason, an "Installer" is used. An Installer is software that automates this process. Fortunately, iScreensaver Designer creates Installers for you. More importantly, iScreensaver Designer is the only tool which does this multi-platform. You can edit your screensaver on Mac and create a Screensaver Installer for Windows. And vice-versa. Cool. Here we describe how to do this.
Using the Builds tab
On the Builds tab you can set general information (such as your Author's name), select which platform(s) to build, and start a build for all selected platforms.
Using the Build subtab
The screensaver software will only function in Demo Mode until a valid registration code has been entered. The current registration status and registration name are shown.
Setting an Author Name
Most operating systems will mention an author or publisher of the application when getting information on the file properties, and this text field can be customized for an author's clients, if any. This is an editable field with the Ultimate License.
Exporting to all platforms
It is easy to quickly build installers for all checkboxed platforms using the 'Build All' button on the master Builds tab.
Exporting to single platforms
Each platform can be individually built from their individual platform tabs.
Using the Mac subtab
Using the Win subtab
Customizing the Install
An option to automatically compress the installers into simple cross-platform-transportable formats for use on a website, sending through email, or moving across platforms. For Macintosh, it is checked on by default. For Windows, we recommend leaving this option off, as, in most cases, the Single-File EXE is an easier solution for user installation. Enable this either if you have file sizes, or if the installer itself is, larger than 2GB in size.
Make Single File EXE
The Windows default option to automatically compress the installer within a self-extracting installer, for use on a website, sending through email, or moving across platforms. We recommend leaving this option on as it saves the installer into a single-file format, making a very end-user-friendly experience. Disable this if you have a different distribution procedure, are testing installers on your local machine, or restricted by 2GB size limits. The single-file installer icon will be resized to a OS-limited 48x48 pixels.
Checking Plug-in versions
When the end-user previews, installs, or runs the screensaver, it will automatically check for needed plugins (QuickTime, Flash, or OpenGL). As the author, you can enable/disable these checks, and change the minimum version number required. Blank out the field to disable checking for that plug-in.
These icons are used when the user downloads the screensaver installer. To create an icon, make a 512x512 pixel file with the desired icon art and transparency masks, and save it in PNG-24 format. Click 'Edit' on the icon you desire to change, and then select the file with your new icon art.
You can choose an image to be included as a desktop background. Click on 'Edit' to select or delete a chosen image. Click on 'Test' to install or uninstall the image on your machine. The user will have the option whether to install the Wallpaper or not during installation.
Finding the Installers
The fastest way to find the newly created installers is by the Reveal buttons on either the master Builds or individual platform tabs.
Testing the Installer
It's possible to immediately test the installer, after building, from the Install buttons on the individual platform tabs. Of course, you can only test a screensaver on the same platform that you are building on... (the multi-platform build features of iScreensaver are cool, but they aren't magic!)
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