DreamShield Sora (Alpha)

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Released: Sep 19, 2010
Updated: Sep 20, 2010 by Smyley
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DreamShield Sora Edition

This release is the first preview of what will be the next major version of DreamShield. It's a complete rewrite, starting from stratch, aimed at being simpler, faster and lighter. This hard work is also the reason why the project looked like dead from the past 6 months ... but I had a tight schedule ...

Also, although the runtime will be able to target the .NET Framework 2.0, the Project Editor now require the .NET Framework 3.5 or superior in order to run.

There are some important points of this preview release:
  • Not all of the functionalities of the previous version are available, but the basic ones (installer, uninstaller, shortcuts, Windows Registry, SFX, ...) are fully functional. The feature set of this version will be increased over time.
  • The lzma (7-zip) compression for the medias has been dropped for performance reasons, but the SFX is still compressed using 7-zip SFX engine.
  • The category Project > Behavior is ignored in this version of the Project Editor.
  • There's only one UI available for the setup process, but the new UI engine is fully customizable and will allow a great experience of setup ui customization.
  • A draft manual is available (only in English) and can be accessed via the Help menu. You will need Acrobat Reader to read it.
  • The Linux runtime backend is not functional, but the only thing to do in order to have a Linux compatibility for the generated setup would be complete the embedded backend (targeting Mono) with some I/O functions and possibly a GTK# ui (if you are interested, please contact me).
  • Even though this version is a preview, the setup engine is fully functional with a support for Custom Actions, Install Conditions and localization (English and French included, the language files are just xml files).
  • At the moment, the installer can target the .NET Framework starting from 2.0 to 3.5 with their respective Service Pack. The support for the .NET Framework 4.0 is planned.
  • The RSS Feeds provided will be changed and are pointing to some default websites. You can alter this behavior by changing the content of the file rssconfig.xml in the installation directory of DreamShield IDE.
  • This version can be installed side by side with any previous version of DreamShield, but the shortcuts at the desktop or in the start menu could be overwritten. (If you uninstall DreamShield Sora, they will be restored).

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