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Customizing you wrapped Packages

Package Wrapper is a powerful tool for easing the distribution and install process of E-learning software for you and your users.  While some of you might have used Package Wrapper in the past, you might not realize the amount flexibility that exists in customizing what your end user sees. In this tutorial, I’ll be showing you the different ways you can customize your package in Package Wrapper.

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Once you’ve gone through the first four steps of creating the package, you’ll get to Step 5: Visual Styles, which is the area I’ll be working in for this tutorial.

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The first thing I can modify in the Visual Styles is what the user will see when they first run my package.  By enabling Show a Yes/No message box at the beginning , the user will be prompted on whether or not they want to continue the installation of the package.  You can change the wording of the display by entering your own text in the Question field.

The next option is Enable password protection.  Enabling password protection allows you to require the user to enter a password before they continue installation of the package. You can define the password in the Password field.  If you do not use any form of piracy protection on your Elearning packages, this might be one way to give your packages a small amount of protection.

Next you have the option to Show a license agreement before extracting. Most software has some sort of extended copyright information or terms of use that they like to display. By enabling this option and clicking on the Edit Text of the License Agreement button, you can enter your own license (up to a maximum of 2,040 characters long).

If you’re package is of considerable size, you might want to enable the Show progress while extraction option to display a progress bar to the user that alerts them that the software is still actively installing.  Even if your package isn’t all that sizable, this may be an option you would choose if some of your users might be installing on older, slower systems.

The last option we have on this screen is Show a messagebox after finishing. After your files are done extracting and prior to executing the file that you may have set up to run after extracting, this message will be displayed to your users.  You can edit the text of the popup message in the Message field.

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Clicking on the Adapt more visual elements and preview dialogs button on the Visual Styles will bring up the Language Editor. From here you can change the text for the rest of the elements of your package, as well as get a preview of what they will look like when compiled.

From the General tab, the first thing you can do is set the caption that is displayed in the titlebar of all your popup dialog windows. Underneath that you can edit the text displayed on the various buttons within the package.  By entering the & character before a certain letter indicates that letter being the keyboard shortcut for that button. For example, by default the Yes button is set as &Yes, and in my package it would display as Yes, with Y being the shortcut key.  If I were to set the Yes button to Ye&s instead, my packages would display Yes, with S being the shortcut key.

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The Welcome Message Box tab of the Language Editor edits the same text that is set when you enable the Show a Yes/No message box at the beginning option from the Visual Styles screen.  By clicking on the Test Dialog button, you can see exactly what the dialog will look like when it is in action.

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The Password Protection screen allows you to edit what is displayed to the user if you have required them to enter a password prior to extracting files.  The Bold Heading is what is displayed at the very top of the dialog, in a white heading bar.  The Heading Subline is displayed in a smaller font, directly underneath the Heading in the same white heading bar.  Finally, the Text above password field is the main message of the Password Protection dialog, displayed directly above the box where the user enters a password.  Clicking on the Test Dialog button will show you a preview of what this dialog looks like in action.

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Under the License Agreement tab you can edit what is displayed to the user when viewing your license agreement (if you’ve enabled the option to display it on the Visual Styles screen).   The Bold Heading is the text that is displayed at the very top of the dialog, in a white heading bar.  The Heading Subline is displayed in a smaller font, directly underneath the Heading in the same white heading bar.  The Text below license agreement is what is displayed underneath your license agreement (which you can set on the Visual Styles screen).  Again, clicking on the Test Dialog button will give you a preview of what this dialog will look like in your completed package.

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The Select Extraction Path tab allows you to configure the text displayed if you allow your users to choose a path where your package will be extracted.  The Bold Heading is the text that is displayed at the very top of the dialog, in a white heading bar.  The Heading Subline is displayed in a smaller font, directly underneath the Heading in the same white heading bar.  The Text above path name is the text that instructs the user what to do next, displayed directly under the white heading bar and above the folder selection bar.  The Text on folder select dialog is the text that is shown at the top of the folder navigation dialog that is displayed when the user clicks the Browse button to select an install folder.  Clicking the Test Dialog button will display a preview of what this dialog will look like (including when the user clicks the Browse button) in your package.

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The Progress Dialog tab allows you to configure what is displayed to the user if you selected to display a progress bar during extracting.   The Bold Heading is the text that is displayed at the very top of the dialog, in a white heading bar.  The Heading Subline is displayed in a smaller font, directly underneath the Heading in the same white heading bar.  The Text above progess bar is the text displayed directly below the white heading bar and above the progress bar.  The Warning Messagebox when pressing the Cancel button configures what Yes/No popup that is displayed to the user if they click the Cancel button while the package is still installing.  As always, click on the Test Dialog button will show you a preview of what your completed Progress Dialog will look like.

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The last tab we come across is the Finish Messagebox tab, while is displayed to the user when the package is finished extracting (if you enabled the option in the Visual Styles tab).  The text that you can edit here in the Finished message field is the same text that you can edit in the Show a messagebox after finishing section of the Visual Styles screen.

Once you’ve completed configuring the text for all your dialogs, simply click the Close button and you can proceed to finishing up with wrapping your package.  With Package Wrapper it is possible to customize what is displayed to the user during installation, whether it be consistent with your E-learning packages or in the language of you or your end user.

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