2018/10/01

Now Available: InstallBuilder 18.9.0


For September, the InstallBuilder engineering team has been focusing on adding a new <getDiskUsage> action, as well as some improvements.

New in InstallBuilder 18.9.0:

  • New <getDiskUsage> action
  • Improved boolean parameter display in win32, osx and xwindow GUI modes
  • Improved performance of multiple actions using pattern for matching files


2018/08/30

Now Available: InstallBuilder 18.8.0

This month's InstallBuilder release brings a few improvements and bug fixes. Make sure that you are always using the latest version, so that your users get the best experience installing your software!

  • Allowed the debugger to run in all unattended modes
  • Improved system DPI granularity handling on Windows
  • Improved <labelParameter> wrapping on some macOS environments
  • Properly quoted UninstallString and Location registry entries on Windows

2018/07/27

InstallBuilder 18.7 Released

We recently released version 18.7.0 of BitRock InstallBuilder. The new release features the following improvements:
  • Improved <singleInstanceCheck> on Unix platforms
  • Fixed incorrect label wrapping in some macOS environments

2018/06/29

InstallBuilder 18.6.0 released

Our latest version update for InstallBuilder is now available. For June the InstallBuilder engineering team has focused on several improvements. Files which have been unpacked by the <unzip> <unpackFile> or <unpackDirectory> actions can now be added to the uninstaller automatically. by enabling the <addToUninstaller> property of these actions. In the following example the extracted files from an <unZip> actions are added to the uninstaller automatically: <unzip> <zipFile>${installdir}/data.zip</zipFile> <destinationDirectory>${installdir}</destinationDirectory> <addToUninstaller>1</addToUninstaller> </unzip> Another improvement is the added support for generating and signing DMGs over 4GB in size. Here's an overview of the improvements and bug fixes:
  • Add <addToUninstaller> option to <unzip>, <unpackFile> and <unpackDirectory> actions unpacking files to have them automatically removed by uninstaller
  • Improved generation of DMGs over 4GB
  • Allow signing of DMGs over 4GB
  • Make <propertiesFileSet> add a trailing newline when appending new values
  • Use display language rather than region for auto-detecting language on Windows

2018/05/15

InstallBuilder 18.5 now available!

The latest official release comes with the following improvements and bug fixes.

As you might know Apple plans to discontinue support for 32 bit apps and is actively warning users of the impending change, with a warning message notifying the user that the app will eventually not be compatible with the operating system unless it is updated.

Support for 64-bit installers has already been added in the previous release, InstallBuilder version 18.4. In this release we have been focused on fixing issues related to this new architecture.

  • Fixed "osxsigner" external tool not signing the osx-x86_64 runtime when using native mode
  • Fixed Abort/Retry/Ignore dialog buttons in qt mode when using the osx-x86_64 runtime
  • Fixed error showing the uninstallation finished popup in osx mode when disabling uninstallation confirmation in the osx-x86_64 runtime
  • Fixed "setuid is not allowed" error on macOS when using unattended mode with minimal UI
  • Fixed crash occurring in some scenarios when using qt mode with the osx-x86_64 runtime at initialization time

In addition to that, InstallBuilder 18.5 also adds support for Java 10 version detection.

2018/04/19

InstallBuilder 18.4.0 Released

InstallBuilder 18.4.0 is now available, it contains the following improvements:


  • Support generating 64-bit binaries on macOS
  • Added initial retina display support for OS X mode when using the 64-bit runtime
  • Fixed final page checkboxes alignment in "osx" and "xwindow" modes

2018/03/28

InstallBuilder 18.3.0 Released

InstallBuilder 18.3.0 is now available, it contains the following improvements:

  • Fixed DMG background image not being properly configured in some environments
  • Fixed HTML license text encoding handling in win32 and osx installation modes

2018/03/01

InstallBuilder 18 now available!

We have released the first update of 2018, containing the following improvements and bug-fixes.

  • Allow <preShowHelpActionList> to modify which parameters/components will be displayed in the help menu
  • Fixed <kill> action not working with 64-bit binaries on Windows
  • Improved horizontal parameter group layout in gtk mode
  • Improved <linkParameter> look and feel in osx and win32 modes when displayed inside parameter groups

2017/12/21

InstallBuilder 17.11.0 and 17.12.0 Releases

We recently released version 17.11.0 and 17.12.0 of BitRock InstallBuilder. The new release features the following improvements:
  • Support generating large DMG files on Linux
  • Improved Java autodetection to fully support Java 9
  • POTENTIAL INCOMPATIBILITY: Disabled UPX by default on linux
  • Fixed crash opening some external files from the Builder on macOS
  • Fixed HTTPS proxy handling on macOS
  • Fixed DMG creation on macOS High Sierra
  • Fixed invalid title for GTK mode on certain Gnome 3 environments (such as Debian 9.1)
  • Fixed Debian Linux codename detection in some environments

2017/10/27

InstallBuilder 17.10.0 Released

For October, the InstallBuilder engineering team has been focusing on increasing the speed of the uninstaller, improving Linux OS detection, as well as some bug fixes.

  • Improved uninstallation speed when using GUI
  • Improved Linux OS detection
  • Fixed Unix service handling for Ubuntu after Ubuntu was added as separate distribution type
  • Fixed InstallBuilder not fully exiting at end of installation on some Linux environments
  • Fixed Chinese language code detection on macOS
  • Fixed OS X signing failing on some Linux x64 platforms when using the 32bit builder

Get the latest version of InstallBuilder to ensure that you can take advantage of these improvements.


    2017/10/02

    InstallBuilder 17.8.0 and 17.9.0 Releases

    In the latest two releases our engineering team has been focusing on some improvements, bug fixes, and documentation updates.

    • Allow modification of <passwordParameter>'s <askForConfirmation> in its <preShowPageActionList>
    • Fixed installer appearing minimized on OS X when running with splash screen disabled in Qt mode
    • Fixed installers failing to start inside directories containing special characters
    • Properly display license files with BOM character
    • Improved <labelParameter> alignment on win32/osx/xwindow modes
    • Documentation updates
    • POTENTIAL INCOMPATIBILITY: Made parameter group validation in text mode behave as in GUI modes, not running <postShowPageActionList> unless validation succeeds


    2017/07/27

    Updates and Bug Fixes for July with Version 2017.7.0

    The BitRock engineering team has been busy since the last release, primarily with an update that will make the builder look much better for macOS users with high-res screens. Starting with this release, InstallBuilder will look crisp and clear on Mac laptops and desktop systems with native support for Retina displays.

    Here are a few other updates we worked on in July:
    • Added support for macOS High Sierra (10.13)
    • Reduced memory usage when signing large DMG files
    • Improved option files Byte Order Mark (BOM) support
    • Improved <registerWithPackageDatabase> documentation
    • Removed trailing spaces when creating Windows services without arguments
    • Limited number of cores when decompressing lzma-ultra/lzham-ultra with high page sizes on Linux x86
    • Fixed FTP downloads not fully finishing in some environments
    As always, make sure you are getting the most out of InstallBuilder and providing your users with the highest quality experience by updating to the latest version of InstallBuilder and InstallBuilder for QT!

    2017/06/07

    InstallBuilder 17.6.0 Released

    June's monthly InstallBuilder release brings a few updates and bug fixes. Make sure that you are always using the latest version, so that your users get the best experience installing your software!

    New in InstallBuilder 17.6.0:
    • Added support for for option files encoded with BOM
    • Fixed <fileContentTest> default logic
    • Fixed occasional installer creation errors when using builder on certain Windows environments
    • Fixed Cyrillic characters not being properly displayed in Qt mode
    You can download the latest version of InstallBuilder and InstallBuilder for QT. Be sure to check our documentation, and feel free to reach out for support if you run into trouble!

    2017/05/01

    InstallBuilder Version Update and New Community Platform

    Now you're speaking my language

    Supporting your users' primary languages is important; it helps ensure that the widest variety of people around the world can start with a good first impression of your software. With this in mind, we have been focused on improvements to the translations in InstallBuilder for multiple languages. This month's version update saw improvements to error messages and warnings in German, Spanish, and Russian (Cyrillic). To learn more about language translations in InstallBuilder, check out our documentation.

    New community pages

    We are excited about our new InstallBuilder community forums, powered by Zendesk. We were in need of a modern, easy-to-use platform to power our Q&A page. Since we had such a good experience transitioning our help desk to Zendesk, we decided to use their forum solution as well. Existing questions and answers were successfully  migrated to the new platform, and active users were notified to create a new password for their accounts in order to stay current. If you have any questions about InstallBuilder that are not covered in the documentation, or are simply stuck, you can ask a new question or browse through the wealth of existing topics that might help!