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Dispatcher is now fully free to use, even for commercial use. The new Open Source Edition has all the features of the previous Corporate Edition, except it’s now free for everyone. It works really well and has no major bugs to my knowledge, but consider the caveat that I am no longer maintaining it.
The source code is also available for everyone to look at. A few years ago, I released the source code to Dispatcher to everyone who bought a Corporate Edition. The terms of the source code haven’t changed from before. You can modify it for your own use, and you can release patches to it, but you can’t redistribute the full source yourself, or builds of your modified Dispatcher (just the Updater.exe). If you’d like to take over Dispatcher / release your own variant, please contact me.
Thanks to everyone who supported Dispatcher over the years! It wouldn’t have gotten as far as it has without you.
Anyone who purchased the Corporate Edition can now log in to download the source code to Dispatcher. The License is currently that you can’t redistribute anything but source patches (in the version control sense), and compiled versions of the Updater.exe only (not Dispatcher.exe or Compiler.exe).
If you haven’t purchased Dispatcher, and you are considering purchasing it, keep these points in mind:
- I am no longer actively developing Dispatcher
- The source code is half written in NSIS (Free) and half in MMF2 Developer (Not Free!)
- I wrote most of this code years back at this point, and it’s not necessarily easy to follow
- While I have no firm plans at the moment, Dispatcher may turn much more open source than it is today, in the future
Sorry to those of you who are disappointed that I am no longer developing Dispatcher. The project never really made substantial money, and it just doesn’t make sense for me to continue working on it.
If you are interested in buying the rights to work on and sell Dispatcher yourself, send me an email.
And with that, enjoy the source!
Hello everyone! You may have noticed that I have not had time recently to work on Dispatcher. While there have been no significant bug reports in Mantis, there are some feature requests that make sense. I just haven’t had the time to work on them.
Dispatcher is still the best tool out there that I know of for its use-case. I have decided to make Dispatcher open source, so that you guys at least have full control over this integral part of your software.
How exactly this will pan out is still up in the air. Anyone with the Corporate Edition is first in line to get the source, and I intent to also release it to anyone with the Professional Edition. I might even decide later on to release it to the public.
It will take some effort to go through the source and clean it up for release, so I can’t give an ETA at this time.
GetIt, which indexes various repository-based windows application installers, is now hosted on Google Code. The project’s page on Puchisoft.com still hosts the the best FAQ and usage-guide for non-developers.
A new version of Dispatcher was released with default support for Spanish, thanks to Acehart. The working directory is now also set to that of your application when it is launched by the Updater, among other bug fixes.
If you already have Dispatcher installed, it will be updated automatically.
A new version of Dispatcher has just been released. The Pro/Corp editions now allow you to add custom data to the Stats Reporting feature.
If you’re still using the Freeware edition, now’s a great time to upgrade, since Dispatcher is now on Sale! Get it while it’s hot! 🙂
While the Freeware Edition of Dispatcher remains completely free to use for freeware authors, you can now also get the Professional Edition for free by completing an offer with TrialPay. If you’ve been enjoying Dispatcher but didn’t want to pay the full price, why not give TrialPay a try?
A new version of Dispatcher was just released with default support for Czech, thanks to Daniel Housa. The OK/Cancel buttons can now also be translated, and are in the 3 default languages: English, German, and Czech.
If you already have Dispatcher installed, it will of course be updated automatically. 🙂
Very exciting news! The Freeware Edition of Dispatcher now fully includes Patch Mode. You can create as many Binary Patches, Updaters, and Installers as you want! To support this model of giving away all of Dispatcher’s key features for free, there is now a Self-Advertisement Page displayed (only) after successful updates are applied. The other editions do not have this advertisement.
Dispatcher is an amazingly easy to implement and maintain solution for releasing installers and updates to the software that you are developing. With only a few clicks, you can include an Updater with your software and create an Installer. Then, when you want to release updates, only a few more clicks are required before your users are automatically updated to your newest version.
Also exciting are the previously mentioned changes that apply to all editions of Dispatcher. Auto-Archiving means you no longer have to worry about previously released versions. Even in Patch Mode, just point Dispatcher to where the current version of your software is, and Dispatcher takes care of everything else.
Full Extension Mask Support means that Free Web Hosts are now supported no matter which Dispatcher settings you are using, even if you choose to disable Compression.
Dispatcher is now easier to use, with greater support for Free Web Hosts, and full support for making binary patches for free! Why wait? Check out Dispatcher today!
A major update to Dispatcher is approaching. Here is a sneak preview of some of the features:
1) New Side-Logo
This Logo was designed by Brandon Cassata, and comes in a different color for each edition of Dispatcher. Of course, you can also pick your own Side Logo in all editions of Dispatcher.
2) Auto-Archiving for Patch Mode
Dispatcher is all about taking the work out of the distribution of initial versions and subsequent updates thereto. By answering only a few questions, Dispatcher creates installers for you, bundles an Updater with your software, and uploads new versions of your software to your website, allowing users to be updated by efficient binary patches. But to make such patches, you have to keep around old versions of your software, so Dispatcher can calculate the most efficient way to patch an old version to your new version.
Before now, you had to manually decide on an organization of where to keep your old versions. Many software developers just have a single “Release” folder with their current version, and they don’t want to have to think about any version before that one. Well, now you can stop worrying about old versions, and let Dispatcher archive your versions for you. With the Auto-Archive feature, Dispatcher will retain archive copies of previously released versions for you, so you only have to think about one version of your software: the latest!
When you want to add a new version, just click “Add Version”, and leave the path of this version’s folder the same as it was for the last version, if you want, and you’re ready to release!
3) Full Extension Mask Support
This was a feature partially added a while ago to ensure that all files that made up the update data would have a “.zip” extension, no matter what type of data it was. This way, many Free Hosts that allow direct file downloads, but not strange extensions, are pleased. Now, even if you turn off Sync Compression, all Update Data is Extension Masked.
There is one more major change approaching, but you’ll have to stick around to find out what it is. 🙂