Hi, we are developing a Vista application with a companion Sidebar gadget. We would like to install/uninstall the gadget along with the application. Does Installshield 2008 have this kind of support for Sidebar gadgets?
I havn't done this yet so I decided to start Googling. This interesting MSDN Lab came up:
Windows Vista: Creating a Simple Sidebar Gadget Virtual Lab
After registering you can download a PDF that walks through the process of creating a manifest for your gadget. From there it's a matter of giving the directory a name that ends with `.gadget` ( known as development packaging and seemingly implied not to be used for production ) or zipping / cabbing the directory and giving the compressed file a .gadget extension.
From there gadgets are deployed in true .NET ( and Java ) style.... XCOPY to C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets. You simple create a component, add the .gadget file as the key file, set the directory and associate it to a feature.
So in short, yes InstallShield 2008 supports deploying SideBar gadgets.