2. Make it work!
4. Help me, bugs, License, history...
easyPatch is a quick & simple patch maker
for applications and projects. Obviously, it is not as powerful as VISE or Aladdin
products, but it's a great tool for most of applications. It's main features
& contra-features are the following:
||You can compare two application
bundles and easyPatch will find any different documents in the newest
work only in data-fork files (eg, those contained in any cocoa
||After comparison, easyPatch can build a "standalone
updater", an application able to update the "oldest project"
to match the new one. Its size will be 80Kb (20Kb compressed) for
the executable, plus any file needed for the update process). This
means that generated updaters are as ligth as possible, cool for
Maybe you prefer distribute a 300Kb updater instead of the entire
app (eg, 3MB) when there are changes in a few files, or give your
user such possibility.
||Specially thought for applescript-studio
you can choose "AS-Studio webupdate" as the output format. This will
generate a "tgz" file named "year+month+day", containing any modified
files based in your new project.
Then, you should place this file in your server and your application
(in your users' computer) can auto-update itself withouth the need to
go-to-website, download-new-files, uncompress-new-files, install-new-files.
Also called "live update".
See instructions below for further info.
||You can't compare a single file, but a package
app. And you can compare two folders, which means that you
can update not only the app itself, but also any of your project's
files, including documentation, samples or whatever.
2. Make it work!
Open easyPatch and you will find a very simple window:
Drop both "Oldest project" and "Newest project" onto its correct location,
choose your output format and click "Go!".
To make it work, you only need OS X and some stuff to build your first patch!
All the process should be logged to the little black console.
The "AS-Studio webupdate" option will generate a file called "year+month+day.tgz",
containing all files necessary for the patch.
If you included live-update capabilities to your app (AS-Studio based or not),
you must upload this file to your web server patches folder, and update the file
called "patches.txt", which lists all available updates for your app.
The next time that your user checks for updates, its copy of LiveUpdater (bundled
within your app) will do the job.
More info, samples, source code and documentation about LiveUpdater,
see the folder "LiveUpdater" included with this copy of easyPatch.
Help me, bugs, license, history...
If you are interested in this project, I'd like some sample projects implementing
LiveUpdater's "technology". Any project is welcome, specially those
whose language programmings are not shown here (eg, RealBASIC or Cocoa); all
these projects should be a helper and sample code for any developer interested
LiveUpdater into his own application.
If you are going to report a bug, please, include any text in your console and
a detailed description of your operative system and any condition you think relevant.
easyPatch is freeware. Use it at your own risk. Please, test
carefully your updaters before distribute them. Duplicate, if needed, your projects
before doing anything.
easyPatch v. 1.0b1, August 1, 2003
-First beta release.