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After you have written, tested, and debugged your application, you can make it available to others by deploying it. Depending on the size and complexity of the application, you can package it as one or more assemblies, as compressed cabinet (.cab) files, or in an installer program format (such as .msi). After the application is packaged, you can distribute it by using XCOPY, FTP, a download, or an installer program.

For more information about deploying specific types of applications, refer to the list of links at the end of this topic.

Deploying Multi-Device Applications

For information on deploying multi-device applications, see Deploying Multi-Device Applications.

Using the Deployment Manager

If you are using the Platform Assistant and a connection profile, you can use the new Deployment Manager to customize your file delivery and deploy your application.

Using Installation Programs

For complex applications that consist of multiple files, you can use an installation program. Installation programs perform various tasks, such as copying executable and supporting files to the target computer and making Windows registry entries.

Setup toolkits, such as InstallAware, automate the process of creating installation programs, often without the need to write any code. InstallAware is based on Windows Installer (MSI) technology and can be installed from the RAD Studio installation DVD. After installing, refer to the InstallAware online Help for information about using the product.

Redistributing RAD Studio Files

Many of the files associated with RAD Studio applications are subject to redistribution limitations or cannot be redistributed at all. Refer to the following documents for the legal stipulations regarding the redistribution of these files.

File Description

radstudio_deploy_xx.htm

Contains deployment considerations for each edition of RAD Studio.

radstudio_license_xx.rft

Addresses legal rights and obligations concerning RAD Studio.

radstudio_readme_xx.htm

Contains last minute information about RAD Studio, possibly including information that could affect the redistribution rights for RAD Studio files.

These files are located, by default, at C:\Program Files (x86)\Embarcadero\Studio\19.0.

Redistributing Third Party Software

The redistribution rights for third party software, such as components, utilities, and helper applications, are governed by the vendor that supplies the software. Before you redistribute any third party software with your RAD Studio application, consult the third party vendor or software documentation for information regarding redistribution.

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