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VI Package Manager: Adding a License Agreement

Overview


In the previous VIPM tutorials, we have covered how to create a package, how to create a palette, and how to add examples, help files, and tools menu items to our package with VI Package Manager.  Now that we have this package ready, we want to add an end-user license agreement (EULA) to our package that users must accept before installing.

Description


License agreements are used for both paid and free software. VIPM enables you to reference a common license, like the BSD license, or include your own custom license. We are going to choose a custom license file that is saved as a plain text (.txt) file on disk.  

Open the Package Builder if not already open.

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Select the Display Information category.

There are two package options that concern licensing:

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  • License Agreement Name – Here you can enter the name of your software license agreement, for example, “NI SLA, “BSD,” or “MIT.”
  • License Agreement Text File Location – Here you can include your License Agreement as a plain text file (.txt). This will be displayed to the user before they complete the installation of your package.
    • Click the browse button to the right of License Agreement Text File Location.
    • Select C:\VIPM Hands On\Build an Add-on\Simple Math\_EULA\ Example EULA.txt
    • Press Select.

After completing the two License Agreement fields, build the package by clicking Build Package.

After the build finishes, click Open Package in VIPM Main Window.

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Click Install.

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Click Continue.

VIPM now displays the Sample EULA we uploaded before the build. Click Yes, I accept…

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VIPM now installs the package as normal.

Next Steps

Click here to go back to the table of contents, or continue to learn about custom installation options in VIPM.

Comments
Active Participant crelf Active Participant
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I like that I can add a license to my distributed packages, but I'd love if VIPM supported the Rich Text File format - the quasi-standard for license files: http://ideas.jki.net/topic/117713-license-files-in-rtf-format/





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Active Participant jgcode Active Participant
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Is this feature of the Professional version in VIPM 2012?

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Active Participant David_L
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Jonathon - The License Agreement feature is part of VIPM Free Edition.  It's probably just easily overlooked because it's tucked in with all the other fields on the Display Information tab.

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