A DIM is an XML-format manifest that contains information about files and other data that will ultimately be included in an installation. In the collaborative model of installation authoring, which provides a solution enabling collaboration between application developers and installation developers, application developers create the DIMs. Each DIM can then be referenced by the installation developer in a Basic MSI project using InstallShield and consumed during the build of the installation itself.
The following project types support DIM references:
This tutorial covers the following information about referencing a DIM in a Basic MSI project:
The main objective of this tutorial is to add and configure a DIM reference in a Basic MSI project using InstallShield.
The intended audience for this tutorial is installation developers who will reference DIMs (created by application developers) in a Basic MSI project before building an installation using InstallShield. Some knowledge of creating and building projects using InstallShield is assumed.
Sample DIMs are included in the Samples subfolder within the InstallShield Program Files folder. The default installation location is C:\Program Files\InstallShield\2009\Samples\WindowsInstaller\DIMReferenceTutorial.
Sample project files referenced in the tutorial (such as Othello.ism) are included in the Samples subfolder within the InstallShield Program Files folder. The default installation location is C:\Program Files\InstallShield\2009\Samples\WindowsInstaller\Basic Installation Project.
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