The Advanced Installer main window is organized into five sections: Ribbon (or Main Menu plus toolbar), left pane page menu, page display and info pane. Each page may in turn be organized in multiple tabs and/or dialog boxes. Most dialog boxes can be resized by dragging their bottom-right corner.
Starting with Advanced Installer 9 on Windows Vista SP2 with Platform Update or higher, the ribbon control replaces the combined functionalities of the main menu and toolbar.
The toolbar allows quick access to most commands provided by the menu system. From here you can create projects, existing ones or , and the project you are working on. Some of the creation process' pages append their own toolbars to easily add files to the install, create shortcuts, etc. For a detailed explanation of each item on the main toolbar see Working with Projects.
The left pane page menu contains grouped lists of conceptually related pages: Product Information, Requirements, Resources, Deployment, User Interface, System Changes, Server, Custom Behavior. From general to detailed, clicking on these items will display, to the right, the various configuration options for your installer. The currently selected item is displayed in bold.
You can toggle the left pane page menu on and off from the “View > Show > Left Pane” menu. Customize it to display the desired groups or group elements from the “Add/Remove” option located in left pane's bottom-right side. The size of the icons and elements can also be changed by selecting the “Compact Left Pane” option from the “View > Show” toolbar menu.
Use the “Quick filter” above the left pane page menu to quickly reach pages of interest. The filter not only supports searching in the actual menu entries, but also looks in a predefined set of keywords relevant to each page when trying to match your query. For example typing "variable" in the filter will bring up the Environment Variables Page page, where you can configure environment variables.
The center stage for creating your installer is this large area on the right. It is the main work area - all project data is displayed here.
This panel will display one of the selected panes from the “View > Info Panes” menu and it is hidden by default. You can close it again by clicking on its top-right cornerbutton.
A description of Advanced Installer's ribbon and of actions attached to each tab.
- Main Menu
A description of Advanced Installer's main menu and of actions attached to each item.
- Issues Pane
Displays issues and offers to fix some of them.
- References Pane
Finding where a file, folder or property is used.
- Notes Pane
Displays various notes added that are specific for the selected view