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Creating a Package with Package Wrapper

When creating an ELearning Package with Test Pro Developer, the end result is a bunch of files that some users might have difficulty installing.  To make installation easier for your end user, as well as add an additional sense of professionalism to your final product, you can wrap your files with Atrixware Package Wrapper.  In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to wrap a package using Package Wrapper that is compatible with Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, & Vista.

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The first screen I see after launching Package Wrapper is the Welcome screen, where I can see what Package Wrapper I am using and modify the global settings.  By click on the Program Settings button, I can set the default path where my project files, output files (this is the final package .exe file), language files, and icon files are stored.  For the purposes of this tutorial, I’m going to leave all of these as the default settings.

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Click the Next button will bring me to Step 2: Create or open a project file.  When creating a package I have the option of saving my settings as a project file so that if the need arises to create the package again, I can create it with the same settings I used before.  In this example I’m going to allow Package Wrapper to create a new project file.  I can also choose or edit the Project Language by either selecting one of the pre-defined languages from the dropdown or by selecting and clicking the Edit button for any of the languages.  For this example I’m just going to leave the Project Language as English.

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Clicking on the Next button will take me to Step 3: Source Files.  This is where I want to add the files for the package I created in Test Pro Developer.  Clicking the Browse button will bring up the Browse For Folder window where I can select the folder that my Elearning package has been saved to.

To find the folder  where my files have been saved, I can run Test Pro Developer, go to the Build and Deploy (or Packaged Tests if you’re using Test Pro Developer 8) section, and find the option to View Files.  This will bring up a Windows Explorer window with a view of the all the files we’ll be adding into Package Wrapper.

By default, the path for a Windows XP installation should look like this (NOTE: This will vary slightly depending on the version of Test Pro Developer being used):

C:\Documents and Settings\{computer name}\Application Data\Atrixware\Developer 9\projects\{project name}\Package\{package name}\

In Windows Vista, the default path should look like this (NOTE: This will vary slightly depending on the version of Test Pro Developer being used):

C:\Users\{computer name}\AppData\Roaming\Atrixware\Developer 9\projects\{project name}\Package\{package name}\

Once I’ve found the folder where my files are stored, I’m going to click the OK button.  All the files from my project should now have been added into the Source Files List.

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Click the Next Button will take me to Step 4: Extraction Mode.  The first thing I want to do is select Normal mode (extract files) for the mode of the package.  By default most people use %programfiles%\MyApp as their Default Installation Directory.  However, to ensure that the package installs properly in Vista I want to change this to %temp%\MyApp.  I also want to make certain that Automatically Extract Files is selected, rather than have the user select the folder where the package files will be stored to make the process as easy as possible.

The other option I want to make sure I have selected is Execute a file after extraction.  This tells the package that as soon as it’s decompressed it’s files, to run the the E-learning software install.  If I did not select this option, the program would end after the files were extracted and my users would have to browse through their computers until they found the E-learning software install file.  Using the dropdown, I want to select the file %appfolder$\setwiz_i.exe as the File to be executed after extraction.

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Clicking the Next button will take me to Step 5: Visual Styles.  In this section I can choose what you want to be displayed to the user during extraction of my package.  Not only can I choose what dialogs I would like to display to the user, but I can customize the text for them either directly within this window or by click on the Adapt more visual elements and preview dialogs button.  For the purposes of this tutorial, I’m going to leave everything as the default setting.  If you would like more information on customizing your packages, you can find more information via the online manual or by reading the Package Wrapper blog article on customization.

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Click the Next button will take you the final step, Step 6: Create the EXE file.  By default, the path where my package is saved might be difficult for me to find later.  By clicking the Browse button, I can select to save the final EXE file anywhere on my hard-drive.  Once I’ve found the folder where I would like to save my package all I need to do is enter a filename and click the Save button. This will place the path I have chosen and filename into the Self-Extracting exe file location box.

Clicking the Next button one last time will create my package and save it to the folder and filename I specified above.  Now all I need to do is distribute the package to my user, whether by burning the exe to CD, emailing it to my users, or placing it on my website for my users to download.

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