Need Help Understanding PackageMaker

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by itsamystery, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. itsamystery macrumors newbie

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    I'm trying to build an install package using PackageMaker. Our software is created on a Windows machine and distributed to both Macs and Windows OS. For Mac, we currently use a .zip file because that's the best we can seem to do.

    I'm trying to use PackageMaker to build and installer (which I got started). What I don't understand is if the user has to have PackageMaker on his MAC for this to work? Does it build a stand-alone package or does it have to open and build in PackageMaker each time we distribute it?

    Maybe a .dmg would be better to then tell the user the correct place to move the files?:confused:
     
  2. Ap0ks macrumors 6502

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    PackageMaker is used to create a managed installer package (.pkg/.mpkg) that you simply give to users, and they install following the prompts as you would a Windows .exe/.msi installer.

    If you use the .dmg method you can place a shortcut to the Applications folder in the .dmg so that users can drag and drop the application to install, an example can be seen here -> http://c-command.com/dropdmg/
     

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