Installing, Upgrading, and Restoring DXLab Applications

DXLab Launcher Online Help Contents

 

 

Determining DXLab application installation status and version availability

To determine which DXLab applications are installed, and what development versions are currently available, click the Configuration window's New ? button. If you want the Launcher to automatically update installation status and determine what development versions are available versions when its first started and daily thereafter, then check the Check for New each day box.

DXLab applications that are not installed are shown  with black application status indicators on the Main window, and in red font in the Application column of the Configuration window's DXLab Apps tab.

If you uninstall a DXLab application, click the New ? button to update the Launcher's display of installed applications.

 

Installing DXLab applications

If a DXLab application has not been installed on your PC, its name will be displayed in red font in the Configuration window's DXLab Applications panel. If you have selected a Distribution Site or a local folder, then clicking the application's Install button in the DXLab Apps tab will

  1. let you choose a folder into which the application should be installed, defaulting to the folder specified in the application's Program Path in the Configuration window's DXLab Apps tab

  2. download the full release's zip archive from the selected Distribution Site or copy the full release's zip archive from the specified local folder

  3. extract all files in the zip archive and run the application's setup program to properly deploy them in the selected installation folder; this setup program will appear on screen and will display instructions that you must follow

  4. download, extract, and deploy any additional files required by the application

  5. ask you whether to download, extract, and deploy any optional files used by the application

  6. update the application's Program Path

  7. determine whether an upgrade is available and if so apply it

You can also initiate the installation of an uninstalled DXLab application by clicking its Individual Application Control Button on the Main window.

 

Upgrading installed DXLab applications

The version numbers of both Installed and Available releases are shown on Configuration window's DXLab Apps tab; double-clicking a version number will display its Release Notes. If a new release of an installed DXLab application is available and you have selected a Distribution Site or a local folder, then clicking the application's Upgrade button in the Configuration window's DXLab Apps tab will

  1. inform you if the application in question is currently running so you can terminate the application before re-initiating the upgrade operation

  2. download the new development version's zip archive from the selected Distribution Site or copy the new development version's zip archive from the specified local folder

  3. extract all files in the zip archive and properly deploy them in the folder specified by the Program Path in the Configuration window's DXLab Apps tab

  4. create a copy of the application's executable without an embedded version number (e.g. DXKeeper.exe or WinWarbler.exe) and if necessary update  the Program Path in the Configuration window's DXLab Apps tab to refer to this executable

  5. delete the zip archive downloaded in step 2

 

Restoring installed DXLab applications

If you are running a version of an installed DXLab application that is the same as or more advanced than the development version and you have selected a Distribution Site, then clicking the application's Restore button in the Configuration window's DXLab Apps tab will

  1. inform you if the application in question is currently running so you can terminate the application before re-initiating the restore operation

  2. download the development version's zip archive from the selected Distribution Site or copy the new development version's zip archive from the specified local folder

  3. extract all files in the zip archive and properly deploy them in the folder specified by the Program Path in the Configuration window's DXLab Apps tab

  4. create a copy of the application's executable without an embedded version number (e.g. DXKeeper.exe or WinWarbler.exe) and if necessary update  the Program Path in the Configuration window's DXLab Apps tab to refer to this executable

  5. delete the zip archive downloaded in step 2

 

Uninstalling DXLab applications

The Launcher cannot uninstall a DXLab application; to do this, open the Windows Control Panel, run the Add or Remove Programs applet, select the DXLab application you wish to uninstall, and then click the Remove button. Then click the Launcher's New ? button to update its display of installed DXLab applications.