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Package Editor

Overview

After you have created a keyboard, you will probably want to package it upfor distribution on the Internet or elsewhere. Keyman Developer provides a facility fordoing this simply with its Package Editor.To create a new package, choose File, New, Package. The Package Editor breaks up thetask of creating a package into seven steps.

1. Choose the files

Use the Add button to select the files to be included in the package, such askeyboard files, documentation, and related fonts; but you can include any type of filehere as well.If you add a .kmp package file, it will also be installed when this package is installed,but will have its own uninstall entry in Control Panel.

2. Select a package type

There are two types of packages: simple packages, which require Keyman to be installedon the user's machine, and redistributable installers, which contain the Keyman installprogram as well as the other files, and do not need Keyman to be already installed.For distribution within an organisation, redistributable installers may be preferable,as you can have Keyman and many keyboards to be used with it distributed in one file.For distribution over the internet, simple packages are better, because they are smaller,and you will not be distributing a possibly older version of Keyman with them.

3. Set options

Here you can select one of the files in your package to be displayed during installation,for example, a readme file or licence information. You can also run a program or load adocument after installation, by entering it into the Command Line box.

4. Enter package information

Here you set the package name, version number, and copyright information, as well ascontact or web site information for the author. You can also include any additionalinformation with the More button.

5. Choose an image or startup image (Professional edition only)

A simple package can optionally include a 140x250 image file to be shown during installation.This image file must be added to the Files list in step 1, then selected from the list here.A redistributable installer can have an arbitrarily sized image file to be shown before installation.This image file will have three buttons on it, for Install, About and Cancel. You can use the ButtonsEditor to set the positions of the buttons.

6. Set Start Menu options

You can optionally have the package create a Start Menu folder, and populate it with shortcutsto the files in the package, and optionally also a shortcut for uninstallation.To add an entry, click New, and set the description, and choose a program or document to load.

7. Build the package

The final step is building the package. You must save the package file before building, thenchoose Create Package to build the package file or redistributable installer. You can then testthe package to verify that it will install correctly with the Test Package button.


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