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Jeremy Kelley's blog about MSDN Forums, community software development, and other community issues.

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  • Blog Post: Working with User Experience designers to improve Pack Installer 1.0

    As part of making the transition from Beta to full Release status, we wanted to make sure that the Pack Installer was fitting in well with Visual Studio 2005 and other tools published by Microsoft. We really wanted to make sure that even if we weren't the flashiest UI around, we had a bit of polish that...
  • Blog Post: Pack Installer 1.0 Released!

    I'm happy to announce that Pack Installer 1.0 is now ready to go! The changes from Beta 2 to 1.0 have not been huge, but there are some improvements I'd like to call out. Tool descriptions are no longer truncated to 256 characters. In addition to getting a preview of the description all the time...
  • Blog Post: Pack Installer Beta 2 Released and Feed Update for 1/18/2007

    Over on CodePlex I've just released Beta 2 of our Pack Installer project. This release has seen a lot of hard work go into it, especially by our primary developer Bertan Aygun . New features that we've added include tags on each of the tools in the list and the ability to filter by those tags, search...
  • Blog Post: Pack Installer Feed Update for January 10, 2007

    This week's update brings a brand new tool to the Pack Installer! The Visual Basic team has released a new Power Pack called the Microsoft Printer Compatibility Library. In their own words: "The Microsoft Visual Basic Printer Compatibility Library allows projects that used the Printer and Printers...
  • Blog Post: Pack Installer Feed Update

    The list of tools included by the Pack Installer has been updated this week to include some cool new updates to some popular tools. Now included are: ILMerge 2.0.7.0102, this is an update from the 2.0.6 release XML Notepad 2007, this is an updated version of the XML Notepad 2006 utility. This...
  • Blog Post: Source code released for Pack Installer on CodePlex

    Despite taking me a lot longer than I anticipated, the source code for the Beta version of Pack Installer is now available on the CodePlex site. This lets us finally start to do what we've wanted to with this tool, which is collaborative development. So if you're interested in helping out, or just want...
  • Blog Post: Problems reported with Pack Installer, I may have the answer

    I've been getting reports from multiple sources indicating that there's a problem with the Pack Installer. The symptom seems to be an exception thrown at startup. If you see this message: see the end of this message for details on invoking just-in-time (JIT) debugging instead of this dialog box...
  • Blog Post: One last thing!

    I forgot to mention that there are new tools included in the listings as well! New in the feed are: ILMerge - This tool rocks! I actually use it when I put the release of Pack Installer together. It lets you merge assemblies together so you can have a low footprint deployment. Microsoft Best...
  • Blog Post: Pack Installer Beta released!!!

    On Friday I was able to get the Beta version of the Pack Installer released to CodePlex. Follow the link to get your hands on its goodness. New features in the Beta include: Basic sorting of the list of tools Ability to run the uninstall of a tool from the UI New and improved license agreement...
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