6.2 TAD Packages: PickMeApp PAD Extension for Silent Installations

T-APP Application Description (TAD) format is an extension of PAD format.
It allows to specify silent or unattended installation instructions

The current version supports:

  • Installers: MSI, NSIS , WIZE, Inno Setup
  • Command-line directives
  • TAP files
     
Specifications

The following xml tags could be presented in PAD file.

<PMA>
    <PMA_Extension_Version>1</PMA_Extension_Version>
    <PMA_Silent_Install>
     <Type>NSIS | INNO| WIZE | MSI | CMD | TAP | </Type>
      <CmdLine> ---silent swithes that should be used if  type is CMD, otherwise ---</CmdLine>
    </PMA_Silent_Install>
  </PMA>

Examples
  • 7-Zip TAD extension
<PMA>
    <PMA_Extension_Version>1</PMA_Extension_Version>
    <PMA_Silent_Install>
     <Type>MSI</Type>
    </PMA_Silent_Install>
  </PMA>
  • IrfanView
<PMA>
    <PMA_Extension_Version>1</PMA_Extension_Version>
    <PMA_Silent_Install>
       <Type>INNO</Type>
    </PMA_Silent_Install>
  </PMA>
  • Opera 16.0.11 
<PMA>
    <PMA_Extension_Version>1</PMA_Extension_Version>
    <PMA_Silent_Install>
     <Type>CMD</Type>
      <CmdLine>/silent /launchopera 0 /desktopshortcut 1 /quicklaunchshortcut 0 /setdefaultbrowser 0 /allusers</CmdLine>
    </PMA_Silent_Install>
</PMA>

PickMeApp PRO  will unpacks the downloaded package in zip format .  It will search recursively executable to run setup by following order
 a) the first TAP file it finds
 b) the first setup.exe file it finds
 c) the first  exe file it finds
 d) the first  MSI files it finds

if PickMeApp PRO cannot resolve the correct name <EXENAME> tag should be added with  the exact name of the executable to run .

Examples

  • Paint.net.4.1.6.install.zip
<PMA>
    <PMA_Extension_Version>1</PMA_Extension_Version>
    <PMA_Silent_Install>
     <Type>CMD</Type>
     <CmdLine>/quite </CmdLine>
     <EXENAME>paint.net.4.1.6.install.exe</EXENAME>
    </PMA_Silent_Install>
</PMA>