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Projects Management

MSI Package Builder is a project based program, so a project is a main structure unit. While repackaging installations the required projects are created automatically, but it is also possible to create projects manually to be used for generating MSI packages. The projects that are not currently in use are closed, thus are not available in the Projects view. On each program start up, all projects are closed, and then you can open any project from those available to start working with it. Let us take a closer look on the projects management process, including creating, renaming, closing, opening and deleting projects.

Project Setup

Project Setup

The Project Setup button from the Builder group on the Home Ribbon page opens the project setup wizard, that can be used as an entry point both for managing MSI Package Builder projects and creating MSI packages on the basis of those projects.

To make it easier to create new projects (both empty and bases on an existing MSI packages), open existing projects, and create an MSI package based on an opened project we have designed a Project Setup Wizard Pic 1. To open this wizard, just press the Project Setup button from the Builder group on the Home Ribbon page.

The Project Setup Wizard

Pic 1. The Project Setup Wizard

The first page of the wizard is used to introduce its abilities to you, and on the next page Pic 1 you are to choose the action you would like to perform. It is possible to choose between the following options: Create New Project, Open Existing Projects, Create MSI Package and Import MSI Package. The projects creation and opening process will be described later in this chapter. The Create MSI Package option allows you to generate an MSI package using any project from those currently opened. For detailed information on the MSI package creation, refer to the Creating MSI Package section of this document. The Import MSI Package option should be used if you would like to create a new project, containing all the changes to be performed by an existing MSI package created with MSI Package Builder. This can be useful, if you need to change the package you have generated earlier but the original project is no longer available. The detailed information on the package import is available in the Importing MSI Package section of this document.

New

New

The New button from the Project Management group on the Home Ribbon page should be used to create a new project.

To create a new project in MSI Package Builder you can choose the New Project item from the Projects view pop-up menu or press the New button from the Project Management group on the Home Ribbon page. Alternatively, you can click the New Project link in the Recent Projects group on the Welcome Screen. The New Project dialog will appear on the screen Pic 2. The same pane is also displayed if you choose the Create New Project option in the Project Setup Wizard.

Creating a new project

Pic 2. Creating a new project

You are proposed to specify a name for the project to be created. You should pay enough attention to a project name; it will help you to identify the project in future.

Open

Open

The Open button from the Project Management group on the Home Ribbon page allows you to open projects available in the projects storage.

When you close MSI Package Builder all the projects you were working with are automatically closed too. It is also possible to close projects manually – this will be described further. If you want to continue working with those projects that were closed, you should open them again.

Tip

The links to the projects you have used recently are available in the Application Menu and in the Recent Projects group of the Welcome Screen. To open any of those projects, simply click on a link.

To open projects, choose the Open Project item from the Projects view pop-up menu or press the Open button from the Project Management group on the Home Ribbon page. Alternatively, you can click the Open Project link in the Recent Projects group on the Welcome Screen. The Open Project dialog will appear on the screen Pic 3. The same pane is also displayed if you choose the Open Existing Projects option in the Project Setup wizard.

Opening existing projects

Pic 3. Opening existing projects

You can select both single and multiple projects in the Available Projects table to be opened at the same time. It is also possible to delete a project from the projects storage, if it is no longer needed by using the Delete Projects button from the toolbar.

Close

Close

The Close button from the Project Management group on the Home Ribbon page should be used to close the selected projects, thus remove them from the Projects view.

Close All

Close All

The Close All button from the Project Management group on the Home ribbon page allows you to close all currently opened projects, thus remove them from the Projects view.

MSI Package Builder provides you with an ability of always keeping the Projects view in an actual state. You can always close the projects you are not going to work with right now and they will be removed from the view, but they still exist so you can reopen any of them to continue working with them anytime you want. To close the project select it in the Projects view and choose the Close item from the pop-up menu, or press the Close button from the Project Management group on the Home ribbon page. It is also possible to close all the currently opened projects at once using the Close All button.

Rename

Rename

The Rename button from the Project Management group on the Home Ribbon page should be used to provide a new name for the selected project.

You can face a situation when the name you have given to a project is no longer actual or you have mistakenly provided a wrong name during the project creation. It is not a problem – with MSI Package Builder you can rename the project easily any time you want. Just double click the project, or select it and press the Rename button from the Project Management group on the Home Ribbon page. The Rename Project dialog will appear on the screen, where you can provide a new name for the project Pic 4.

Renaming a project

Pic 4. Renaming a project

The important limitation for a project name is that it must be unique. Thus, it is not possible to rename the project, if the project with the same name as specified already exists (even if it is now closed).

Delete

Delete

The Delete button from the Project Management group on the Home Ribbon page allows you to delete the selected projects from the projects storage.

The projects created in MSI Package Builder can require much space on the hard drive, but it is always possible to delete the project from the storage if it is no longer needed. To delete the project select it in the Projects view and choose the Delete item from the pop-up menu or press the Delete button from the Project Management group on the Home Ribbon page.

Warning

After you have deleted a project it is not possible to restore it any more. Make sure that the project is no longer needed before deleting it.

Now you are introduced to the project management features and should be able to organize your MSI Package Builder projects the way that will fit your needs best.