Welcome Options

When you create your installers with the Advanced interface of JExpress, then you have 2 options about how the first "Welcome" panel appears to your users. You can either let JExpress generate the first screen using all the information you enter in the Welcome panel. Or, you can create a custom HTML file which JExpress displays. Use the Advanced tab on the Welcome panel to select whether to use a custom HTML file or let JExpress create the Welcome panel.

If you let JExpress create the panel, then all the information in the text fields from the Welcome tab appears on the first screen of your install program. Each field appears on a separate line, exactly as you type it.

Click on the jump point or just page down to learn more about each setting on this panel. You'll find additional options on the Advanced tab.



Application name

Enter the name of your software application. You might want to include (TM) if your application is trademarked. Required field.




Fill in the individual's name or the company's name that you'd like to give create for creating your application.




If your application is copyrighted, then you should include the full copyright text.

The correct format in the US and most other countries for a copyright must include the year(s) the work was copyrighted, the company or individual that owns the copyright, and either the word Copyright, the symbol ©, or a lower case c in parentheses (e.g., (c)). For example, Copyright © 1997-2009 DeNova. is a valid copyright notice, while Copyright © DeNova is not valid because the year is missing.




Enter the URL for your web site where customers can contact you.

If you use the autoupdate feature, then JExpress also uses the information you fill in this field to set your Update URL.



Show welcome panel

If you prefer not to have a panel which shows your product and company names, then remove the check mark in this field.

The default is for the panel to show. In a click free installer, the panel appears for approximately 4 seconds and then automatically moves to the next panel.



Use custom HTML file

If you want to create your own custom HTML file, then add a check mark in this field.

The default is to let JExpress automatically create the Welcome panel using the information that you entered in the Welcome's Basic tab.



Custom HTML filename

If you want to create a custom Welcome panel, then specify the filename, including the pathname, that contains the Welcome html file or click the Browse button. If this field is disabled, then add a check mark to the Show Welcome panel and Use custom HTML file fields.

We strongly recommend that you not use a generic name, such as welcome.html, but instead name the file something unique, such as [ApplicationName]Welcome.html. Also, the filename should end in .html or .htm if you'd like the best formatting.

You can distribute separate Welcome files for each international language that JExpress supports. Simply create an html file with the English version of the Welcome panel in the filename you specify in this field, referred to as the base file. Then create one html file for each other language that you want to distribute with the same base filename and the 2 letter extension matching the language. For example, if you name the Welcome file mywelcome.html, then you'd create the Spanish version in a file called rmywelcome.html.es and the Polish version in a file called mywelcome.html.pl. If you don't include a special file for a supported language, then JExpress simply displays the base file. All the international Welcome files must be in the same directory as the base filename.

Check Java's documentation to learn what HTML elements are and are not supported. In general, you'll want to use basic HTML elements (e.g., h1, h2, strong) for formatting.



Show final panel

If you prefer not to have a panel which shows the final status of the installation, then remove the check mark from this field..

The default is for the panel to show. In a click free installer, the panel appears for approximately 4 seconds and then automatically exits the installer or launches your app.