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maps4gps

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Re: packaging gmapi/gmap folder for Mac
« Reply #15 on: January 11, 2015, 08:21:36 AM »
When Boyd originally mentioned this method, I was hoping he, OZ, or someone else would  create an installer 'script' file. Great for MAC users (which I am not), but as I understood it, a PC user would have an additional step to do.  With about 9 PC per 1 MAC download, that did not seam right to me.

Be aware, that as simple/easy as the PC installer is, there are many who want to install map sets there way and you or someone else will need to assist them.

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Re: packaging gmapi/gmap folder for Mac
« Reply #16 on: January 11, 2015, 09:58:23 AM »
When Boyd originally mentioned this method, I was hoping he, OZ, or someone else would  create an installer 'script' file.

Not sure if I understand you. Oz did create a NSIS gmap installer - see the attachment to his post here:

http://forums.gpsfiledepot.com/index.php/topic,2383.msg13980.html#msg13980

My INNO installer is here, along with instructions:

http://forums.gpsfiledepot.com/index.php?topic=2383.msg15974#msg15974

RWS also posted a simple Windows INNO script here:

http://forums.gpsfiledepot.com/index.php/topic,2383.msg14536.html#msg14536

With my "universal" version, users on both platforms download the same zip file that contains the .gmap data and an INNO script. Mac users can just double-click the .gmapi file and MapManager performs the installation (no installer script required).

Windows users just double-click the Windows installer file and are guided through the process by the INNO script.

I understand why some mapmakers want to stick with the old approach, and that's fine. But the universal version means the author only has to do one upload and Oz only stores half the data used with the old system of separate Mac and Windows maps.

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Re: packaging gmapi/gmap folder for Mac
« Reply #17 on: January 11, 2015, 10:12:24 AM »
Currently my users have the choice of downloading either a PC executable or a gmap format file.  FWIW, last week (excluding bots and multiple downloads from the same IP) there were 3 PC executable downloads and 7 gmap downloads (Apple Safari browser downloads accounted for 5 of the latter).  I've put instructions for the gmap install for both PC and Mac on the download webpage - so far no one has asked for any more help on my forum.

Jack

PS:  the ratio of executable vs gmap downloads is likely skewed in favor  of the latter since I announced the new gmap on my home page, so Mac users likely have taken advantage of that new availability
« Last Edit: January 11, 2015, 10:51:59 AM by glendeni »