The Project manager page is the first page you see when you start InstallMate Builder. It contains commands to create new projects, to open existing ones by browsing for them on your computer, and to open a recently used project by selecting it from a list. The project manager page also displays the InstallMate version information, its update status, and your license registration status, if any.
After opening a project, the Project manager page disappears until you close the project again.
InstallMate version information
The topmost section displays the InstallMate version information and update status.
|Version information||Displays the InstallMate product and file version information, plus the result of the most recent check for InstallMate software updates, if any.|
|Check for updates||Click this button to perform an online check for updates to InstallMate. This is equivalent to the Help > Check for Updates command from the main menu. If an update is available, you will be prompted to install it.|
The second section displays InstallMate's registration status on your system.
Note: InstallMate stores its registration certificates on a per-user basis on your computer. This means that if you enter the registration certificate while logged on as, for example, Dave, then someone else who logs onto the same computer under a different name will not see this certificate and InstallMate will be unregistered. The other user must obtain her/his own registration certificate and enter that while logged on under their name.
|License registration||Displays the registration information from your license registration certificate. If you have not yet registered your copy of InstallMate, this section will display a TRIAL version reminder.|
Click this button to open the License registration dialog box that enables you to enter the registration certificate that you purchased for InstallMate.
Tip: To purchase a registration certificate, go to the InstallMate 9 registration web page.
|Unregister||Click this button to remove your license registration from the system. This is required if you want to re-activate your registration on a different computer.|
Recent projects list
The list at the bottom of the Project manager page shows the most recently used projects and buttons to open or create projects.
Click this button to open the New Project wizard, which allows you to select the desired project template, the initial project languages, and some options. You will be prompted for the location and file name of the new project. Once the project initialization is complete, the Project overview page appears.
Tip: The equivalent command on the main menu bar is File > New Project; the keyboard shortcut is Ctrl+N.
Click this button to open a standard Open dialog that allows you to browse for an existing installer project on your computer or local network. By default, the Open dialog shows all applicable project file types; you can restrict this to a specific type by selecting the desired project type in the Files of type drop-down list in the Open dialog.
InstallMate can open the following installer project types:
Tip: The equivalent command on the main menu bar is File > Open Project...; the keyboard shortcut is Ctrl+O.
Click this button to open the currently selected project from the Recent projects list on the Project manager page. This list may contain a mixture of project types, similar to the Browse for Project... command's Open dialog. Treatment of the various project types is identical to that command.
Tip: The equivalent command on the main menu bar is File > Open Recent Project > project name
|Reopen last project
Check this box to bypass the Project manager page when you start InstallMate and open the the most recent project automatically. This is useful if you often work with the same project. Clear this box to start with the Project manager page.
Tip: You can also set or clear this option in the Preferences - General dialog box.
This list shows the projects that were most recently opened by the current user. By default, the projects are sorted by date and time with the most recent ones first. You can sort the projects on title, last used date, and path, but the sorting order will revert to descending last used date when a new project is created or an existing project opened. The maximum number of recent projects in the list can be set in the Preferences - General dialog box; the list can also be cleared there.
Tip: The same recently opened projects are also listed on the File > Open Recent Project menu on the main menu bar.
If you right-click on a project in the list, a popup menu appears with the following commands: