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Customizing Installers

The Installer tab allows you to give your screensaver installer some personality - a name, a graphic image, and some descriptive and/or licensing text. Plus it customizes the features in a 'What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get' format. Change the 'View as :' to see how your screensaver installer will look under Macintosh and Windows operating systems.

Using the Installer tab

The Installer tab

View As

Change the WYSIWYG look to any of the supported iScreensaver platforms.

Title

The screensaver installer name, that appears in the menu bar title for all platforms, is set here. This is not the same name as the Installers or Saver/SCR files (those are set in the Share tab).

To set the screensaver name:

  1. Do one of the following:
    - On the Installer tab, click the 'Title: Edit' button.
    - On the View mockup, click within the Menu Bar area.
  2. Type the screensaver name.
  3. Do one of the following:
    - Press 'Enter'.
    - Click outside the text field.

Picture

This is the installer picture for your screensaver. It is recommended to create your splash screen at 392x120 pixels, and to save it using the PNG format, though any acceptable QuickTime still image format will work. If you use a file that is a different size, it will be automatically resized to fit to 392x120 pixels and converted to PNG format.

Some ask, why 392x120 pixels? As we've stated before, "as the breadth of two oxen led to the width both of rails and of roads, the historical After Dark splash screens were always set at 392x120 and, at least for our world, for now, that's honorable enough for us."

To set the installer splash screen picture:

  1. Do one of the following:
    - On the Installer tab, click the 'Picture: Edit' button and choose a picture file from the File browser.
    - From the desktop, drag and drop a picture file into the View mockup's splash screen area.

About

As a default, this is filled with the license agreement between the makers of iScreensaver and the end user. It is possible to edit and change this section to reflect your own legal agreements with the end user, however you must comply with our license agreement. Enter a description of the content or licensing and legal text of your screensaver in this scrolling text field (or of whatever initial information you wish to share with the user before they install your screensaver). Unregistered users of iScreensaver can edit this text, but the default text will always be displayed alongside any edited text.

Since one aspect of cross-platform application creation is that the system fonts used on the varying platforms do not use exactly the same leading and kerning, please see our examples to view the differences between Windows and Macintosh system fonts. However since this text field automatically scrolls, differences are not as crucial as other text fields in the application.

To edit the installer description:

  1. Do one of the following:
    - On the Installer tab, click the 'About: Edit' button.
    - On the View mockup, click within the About text area.
  2. Edit the About text.
  3. Do one of the following:
    - Press 'Enter'.
    - Click outside the text field.
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