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NetUpdater Features

The NetUpdater component enables Delphi developers to easily incorporate a powerful, automatic update feature to their own software. Net Updater provides a flexible, easy solution to manage all your update requirements.

Built using some of the same functions found in Net Update, this Delphi component supports all common, trusted protocols (HTTP, HTTPS, FTP and LAN), automatic proxy detection, interactive and silent mode, and much more.

Industry Standard Protocols
NetUpdater uses safe, trusted protocols for HTTP, HTTPS, FTP and LAN updates. These are the same protocols used today in Microsoft's Internet Explorer. So you know it works.

Flexible Version Analysis
Update status is determined by either version number or date-time stamp. Typically, a complete update to the whole application would be controlled using the version number, and application patches or modifications would be controlled using date-time stamps. Additionally, updated miscellaneous files can be controlled by file size - only files where the size differs would be updated.

Interactive or Silent Modes
Flexible running modes ensure update notices are delivered and provide a choice on how to apply to update. The normal, interactive mode prompts the end user all along the download and installation path. You can enforce corporate software standards by selecting either Silent or Hidden modes. Silent mode shows the end user exactly what is being downloaded and installed, but does not allow him to cancel the update. In Hidden mode, all download and update operations are carried out in the background, entirely hidden from the end user.

Choice of Update Method
NetUpdater provides the developer with a choice of how the updates are to be delivered and installed. NetUpdater can download and install all required files itself, or download and automatically run a third party installer (Inno Setup by Jordan Russell is recommended, but any third party installer will work), or the user can be directed to a URL for more information and download.

Schedule Update Check
A check for updates can be scheduled to occur when the NetUpdater application starts, or at a certain time of the day, or on a certain day of the week. In situations where consumers may be using your kiosk software in a retail environment, you wouldn't want to schedule an update in the middle of the day. Preferably, you would schedule the update to occur in the middle of the night, say around 2:00 am, in order not to disturb ongoing business processes.

The advanced feature set of NetUpdater also includes:

    User-friendly update manager using Wizard interface
    Context sensitive help
    Not a single line of code required
    No dependencies on DLL, COM or other runtime files
    Firewall friendly
    Choice of update method - self update, external setup file or redirect to URL
    Flexible update detection based on version number or time stamp
    Automatic proxy detection with automatic or manual login
    Silent, hidden or interactive runtime modes
    Uses trusted, safe protocols: HTTP, HTTPS, FTP and LAN
    Check for updates based on flexible schedule
    Create log file to monitor installation process and help with debugging
    Optionally hide source and destination file locations from end user
    Automatically close target application if open
    Automatically launch target application after update or check
    Support for target application command-line parameters
    Support for external setup file command-line parameters
    Create backup of all replaced files automatically
    Create required directories on-the-fly automatically
    Selectable display of messages
    Full control over HTTP Internet options
    Full control over cache options
    Set thread priority to low, normal or high
    Ability to customize or provide translations to all messages
    Install to any client directory
    Use any of eight pre-defined directory locations, ie: windows, system or program files directories
    Provide custom text with every update presented to end user
    Monitor external setup application exit code for completion
    Use any third party external setup application
    Pre-determine how to handle miscellaneous files

The developers at KidMoses are confident that NetUpdater will meet all your application update requirements. However, if you do have any questions, or require assistance with integration into your own systems, please feel free to contact us at support@kidmoses.com. We will be glad to answer all your questions, or provide a quote for any customization you may require.


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