4. CAPTURING AN APPLICATION

4.1. How does it work?

  • Start PickMeApp
  • Choose the desired applications from the list and check the box beside them.
  • Click the Capture button in the middle bar :

 

  • Wait while the applications are being captured (as indicated in the progress bar).
  • When the progress bar turns gray, the transferred applications have been saved in the default profile referenced to the folder TAPPS, located within the main PickMeApp folder.

4.2. Using the Installed Applications list (Left Panel)

The left panel presents all installed programs that PickMeApp may discover on your computer.
 

Using the Filter

The filter is a convenient tool that enables you to quickly search for the application you want to capture. To activate the filter, simply type the name of the application, or part of its name, in the filter input line. Only alphanumeric and all punctuation characters can be typed.
 
To use the filter:
  1. Start PickMeApp
  2. Type some characters from the application name in the filter input line, or choose one of the predefined filtering options*.
  3. Check the desired applications, or choose the “Mark All” option.
  4. Click the “Capture” and transfer your application to the default profile.
  5. During the capture, you can skip/pause an application transfer, using buttons at the progress bar.
  6. Please wait until the progress bar turns gray, and the “Capturing process finished” message appears.
Note: During the capture, deployment or deletion of an application, the filter is disabled.
 
Predefined filter options
 
There are four pre-defined filter options:
  • <captured>         Shows only applications already captured in the selected profile.
  • <not captured>   Shows only applications not captured in the selected profile.
  • <selected>          Shows only previously marked applications.
  • <clear>                 Cancels the previous filter, and causes the applications list to revert to the default state.
Some ways to use the filter options:
  • <captured>          To see applications captured in the current profile.
  • <not captured>   To select a new application to capture.
  • <selected>          To see a list of applications you chose to capture.
The Mark All button
 
This button selects all applications available for a capture under a chosen filter.

The Unmark All button

This button clears the selection of all applications under a chosen filter.

Capturing multiple applications

With PickMeApp, you can transfer several applications at once. For this purpose, it is necessary to find all the desired applications in the list, and check each of them in turn.
 
To capture multiple applications:
  • Start PickMeApp.
  • Using filters or manual selection, check each application to be captured.
  • Click the Capture button, and transfer your applications to the default profile.
  • During the capture, you can skip/pause an application transfer, using the buttons at the progress bar.
  • The capture is complete when the progress bar turns gray, and the “Capturing process finished” message appears.

Using a destination profile

After an application is captured, all application data is stored in the PickMeApp personalized application package. The application package consists of a single file with a .tap extension that contains all the data necessary for application deployment. This file is saved in a “destination profile” selected by the user.
 
By default, all captured applications are saved in the profile “My captured applications,” located in the folder TAPPS within the PickMeApp folder.
 
To create a new destination profile, do the following:
  • Start PickMeApp.
  • Click on the “Create new profile” button.
  • Enter a unique profile name
  • Type in the name of a destination path or browse for a unique destination path.
  • Click the “OK” button
A new profile will be created at the chosen destination.
 
Changing the destination profile
 
To activate a destination profile for capturing applications:
  • Start PickMeApp.
  • Choose one of the available profiles in the right panel, and click on the profile name.
  • The chosen profile becomes the destination for applications captured.
Note: During the capture, deployment or deletion of an application, the filter is disabled.

Marking of installed applications

Installed applications on the list can be marked by a colored circle:

Yellow :  the application is currently running 

Green : the application is already captured in the current profile on the right panel

Blue : the application is already captured in one of non-active profiles on the right panel

Expanded Application entry

To learn more about an application, click on its name in the application list.

 
 
 
The Expanded Application entry includes:
  1. Est. Size                : Estimated size of the application package when captured.
  2. Est. Time               : Estimated time taken for the capture of the application.
  3. Version                  : Version of the application, as provided by the application vendor.
  4. Support Info          : Provides a link to detailed information about the application.
  5. Capture button     : Starts capturing the application immediately
  6. Repair button       : Repairs the application. Active only if the repair feature is available.
  7. Uninstall button   : Uninstalls the application from your system *
* Warning:   Uninstalling an application via PickMeApp will not cause its capture.
 
Repairing an application
 
The expanded application entry contains the "Repair" button. When the button is pressed PickMeApp will run a repair tool for the application. The button activates only if the repair feature is available for the application.

4.3 Software Suites

A software suite is a collection of software programs bundled and installed together. The software programs share a similar domain and may have correlative features and functionality, or they may be completely different from one another. After the software suite setup is finished, it can be difficult to determine how those software programs are related and whether they are part of a suite.

Microsoft Office is a popular example. Microsoft bundles multiple software programs like Word (Word Processor), Excel (Spreadsheet), PowerPoint (Presentation Program) and Outlook (email client) into a software suite. Although each of these programs function differently, they are all considered productivity software.

Prior to this PickMeApp version, a software suite user had to manually locate all related software programs, capture them one by one and then recover them onto the target PC. Some of our app workarounds advised users on how to deal with their software suites.

With this Version 1.2. release, PickMeApp is able to identify related software programs as part of a software suite. It lists the software suite under “Installed Application List” alongside the other applications. The user can easily dstinsigh software suites by their names which starts with “@Suite@” and the bold title fonts. Users can also use the <suites> filter to quickly find software suites in the app.

This new version can capture, install, uninstall, repair and perform other actions on software suites the same as it does for regular software programs. As soon as an action is applied to a software suite, PickMeApp will automatically identify and apply relevant actions to all related software programs.

  • Software suites are capturable if all related applications are capturable ( Qualified Applications) . When a software suite is captured, PickMeApp takes all related applications and packages them as a single TAP file or as a single self-extracting executable setup (PickMeApp Light).
  • Software suites are repairable if at least one of its applications is repairable. When a software suite gets repaired, PickMeApp repairs all repairable applications of the software suite.
  • When you uninstall a software suite, PickMeApp uninstalls all related applications.

There are some limitations on PickMeApp actions that can be performed on software suites.

  • PickMeApp Light and the PickMeApp Pack feature will fail to create self-extracting executing setup for software suites larger than 2GB. TAP files should be used to re-install large software suites.
  • PickMeApp may fail to find all related applications for a particular software suite, thus losing some its features when transferred by PickMeApp. We constantly improve the PickMeApp abilities to recognize related applications.
  • PickMeApp version 1.2 will only recognize Microsoft software suites as well as predefined custom suites. This limitation will be reduced in the following releases!

4.4 Capture Setup Cache

To allow smooth repair and install additional components and features, many software programs cache some installation files on the user’s PC during their first installation.

Since version 1.2, PickMeApp has been able to capture and transfer applications’ installation caches while capturing the applications. Along with the “Check integrity of installed applications” feature, this new function significantly improves application re-installation.

One drawback of the capturing setup cache feature is that the captured package has a larger size. Sometimes it may be twice the initial package size. Also, the capture may take longer time. Disable this feature if you need quicker capturing or a smaller installation package!