FileMaker does not create an installer. You don't need one, but using a third party installer is often a good idea.
Without an installer, you can simply distribute your run time folder to each user. Where this can be a problem is that the executable file is buried in the run time folder. A third party installer program should be able to put a shortcut or alias to the executable on the users desktop to make using your runtime easier.
Hi Phil - I know I don't need one, but the target audience I am creating the runtime for, will definitely need one. The Help section in FM for runtimes says you are "required" to use an installer, because they say you are "required" to use an uninstaller as well. It seems as though I may have to purchase a third party installer.
Unless they changed something in 12, you actually do not need the installer--the application in 11 and earlier is "self registering", but I haven't gotten around to creating an FMP 12 runtime for testing purposes. The documentation reads that this is recommended more than "required". But then maybe there's language to that effect in the licensing that comes with advanced...
I believe that there are some installers available that are free so you may not need to buy one.
Thanks. I have already downloaded Inno and am getting ready to try it.
What is Packages?
You are a software developer who just completed a project and it's time to work on shipping it. Or you are an administrator and you need to deploy a plugin on the Mac computers of your network. Whenever you need to create an installation package or distribution for Mac OS X 10.5 or later, Packages is the powerful and flexible solution you're looking for.
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Introducing Filemaker Runtime Shrinker
14 08 12 - 23:07 With our 2.9pr1 plugin we included the Filemaker Runtime Shrinker for Mac OS X. Download it on our prerelease plugin download page. This is a little tool which can shrink your Filemaker runtimes significantly.