Looking for a *WORKING* solution for a DMG background image

  1. 3 years ago

    Michel B

    13 Jun 2016 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro RubberViews.com

    I just wasted a couple hours with DropDMG who's author should be credited with the worst documentation ever who seems ever. Apparently his thing is to affect a custom icon, not a background image. Attempting to apply diverse half baked how to's never worked. This is ridiculous.

    Is there any *WORKING* solution to assign a background image to a DMG ?

    I found an announcement of FlashDMG from Dave Sisemore in the old forum, but I could not find it anywhere on his page. Dave, if you are here, do you still sell that ? I will gladly buy.

    I saw you posted snippets, but frankly I rather buy an app than waste yet more time inferring things.

  2. Dave S

    13 Jun 2016 San Diego, California USA

    Good Morning Michel....
    Let me dig in my archives and see where I left it.
    If I recall it used a ton of AppleScript to do the actual work, and may NOT be COCOA ready..

    Give me some time and I'll see what I can find

  3. Roger C

    13 Jun 2016 Lewis Center, OH

    http://www.araelium.com/dmgcanvas

  4. Peter J

    is not verified 13 Jun 2016 KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

    Is this it?

    http://www.macupdate.com/download/29770/FLASHdmg.dmg

  5. Bob K

    13 Jun 2016 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro, Third Party Store Kansas City

    We use DMGCanvas and have for years. Works well *and* works well from the command line so we have it automated. You create the DMG template and then you can call it from Xojo or AppWrapper.

  6. Dave S

    13 Jun 2016 San Diego, California USA

    Peter... yes that WAS it... do not download that version, I don't recall what version that was.

    Since it has been so long..... Here it the most current version for FREE (last compiled on 03-Feb-2013)
    If you use it, please test the dmg before deploying it, as things have changed in the OS in the past 3 years

    www.rdsisemore.com/FLASHdb.app.zip

    to add an IMAGE background, create it as a PNG and drag it to the file window. It will ask if you want to add the image as a file or to use it as the background. Note Selecting the PICTURE option in the property box will NOT work until there is a picture there :)

  7. Sascha S

    13 Jun 2016 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro Germany, Lower Saxonary

    +1 for DMGCanvas

  8. Michel B

    13 Jun 2016 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro RubberViews.com
    Edited 3 years ago

    @Roger C http://www.araelium.com/dmgcanvas

    @Peter J Is this it?
    Thank you Roger.

    [quote=271735:@Dave S]Since it has been so long..... Here it the most current version for FREE (last compiled on 03-Feb-2013)

    The link www.rdsisemore.com/FLASHdb.app.zip seems to be dead, I get to your default page :/

  9. Dave S

    13 Jun 2016 San Diego, California USA
    Edited 3 years ago

    my bad... I just woke up :(

    FLASHdmg

    I just created that file .. sorry≈

  10. Michel B

    13 Jun 2016 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro RubberViews.com

    @Dave S my bad... I just woke up :(

    FLASHdmg

    I just created that file .. sorry≈

    Thank you Dave :)

  11. Patric L

    13 Jun 2016 Berlin, Germany

    Just tried to open the App.

    -image-

  12. Dave S

    13 Jun 2016 San Diego, California USA

    @Patric L;Atrott Just tried to open the App.

    -image-

    As I mentioned.... this compile is 3 years old... and I'm not in a position to bring it up to "spec" at this time, which is why I gave it away

  13. Jeff T

    13 Jun 2016 Pre-Release Testers Midlands of England, Europe

    I just wasted a couple hours with DropDMG who's author should be credited with the worst documentation ever who seems ever. Apparently his thing is to affect a custom icon, not a background image. Attempting to apply diverse half baked how to's never worked. This is ridiculous.

    Have to say its working for me.

    Process:
    Open the Preferences
    Add your background image to the Layouts tab.
    Add licence text to the licences tab.
    On the configurations tab, click + to generate a new config.
    Choose the licence and background you want to use, the encryption method etc.
    Set a custom icon if you like.
    Save

    I only have one config so it is the default.
    I build the dmg by ctrl-clicking the app, and send to DropDMG with default configuration.

    Which bit is failing on your system?

  14. Beatrix W

    13 Jun 2016 Pre-Release Testers, Third Party Store Europe (Germany)

    DroDMG is a good app. Setting the background is as simple as clicking a button on the Layouts screen.

  15. Greg O

    13 Jun 2016 Xojo Inc

    @Bob K We use DMGCanvas and have for years. Works well *and* works well from the command line so we have it automated. You create the DMG template and then you can call it from Xojo or AppWrapper.

    For what it's worth, dmgcanvas added some new command line features recently which allow you to swap out binaries at runtime as well.

  16. Tim P

    13 Jun 2016 Pre-Release Testers Rochester, NY

    Another DMG Canvas user :)
    The command line thing is pretty sweet, you can have it as a final step in AppWrapper to make one-click building.

  17. Michel B

    13 Jun 2016 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro RubberViews.com

    DropDMG did not cut it for me. In particular, documentation is close to unusable.

    I could not get FLASHDmg to work. Nevertheless, I think it could be a nice little app to sell, maybe even in the MAS (I found nothing there).

    I like DMGCanvas. It is well conceived, with a very clear documentation, well worth the $15.00. Now my package is complete.

    Thank you all :)

  18. Maximilian T

    14 Jun 2016 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro Europe, Germany, Berlin

    Btw, you should try contacting the developer (Michael Tsai dropdmg@c-command.com) if you are running into problems. He is a very responsive and kind person.

  19. Emile S

    14 Jun 2016 Europe (France, Strasbourg)
    Edited 3 years ago

    What is the trouble not using the Finder to set the dmg root folder background image ?

    I created a brand new dmg with Disk Utilities (Disk Utils ?), open the root, copy an image there, set that image as the background image, eject the DMG, mount the DMG and the background image is here.

    (then I ejected the dmg and trashed it).

  20. Greg O

    14 Jun 2016 Xojo Inc
    Edited 3 years ago

    @Emile S What is the trouble not using the Finder to set the dmg root folder background image ?

    I created a brand new dmg with Disk Utilities (Disk Utils ?), open the root, copy an image there, set that image as the background image, eject the DMG, mount the DMG and the background image is here.

    (then I ejected the dmg and trashed it).

    There's nothing wrong with that, but tools like DMGCanvas make it easier to also position the icons exactly where you want them without a lot of extra code.

    They also support Retina fwiw, so making it so the OS shows the correct background is a snap.

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