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Completely Automate Build and Deployment Tasks

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"My manager looks at me like I'm God when I say that I can build and deploy his gargantuan business application in less than a day..."

Tell me if this sounds familiar: your developers are all very good at what they do, but when it comes to building and deploying... not so much. And the bottom line is that a haphazard, ad hoc approach to building and deploying your application is a recipe for trouble.

What you really need is a method that is automated, repeatable, and consistent. Visual Build delivers on all of these counts.

Visual Build is an application that lets you automate the tedious tasks associated with building and deploying applications. Whether you use Microsoft Visual Studio, Embarcadero Delphi, Developer Studio, RAD Studio, Delphi Prism, or C++Builder, you'll find that many of the processes that used to require hours of manual work can be easily set up to run automatically with Visual Build.

For example, Visual Build can perform version control, check-in/out source code, and register type libraries and .NET components. It can compile help projects, deploy applications, and perform builds on an automated, scheduled, remote, or continuous basis. And when it comes to distributing your applications, Visual Build is perfectly capable of creating installers for your software, burning physical media, creating ZIP archive files, and writing files directly to a website, network path, or FTP server. Everything that you're used to doing on a manual basis can be automated, and performed more consistently, using Visual Build.

Visual Build keeps a log of all build activities, so if something goes awry, you'll instantly know where to look to fix the error. The success or failure status of each build can be automatically sent to email addresses or posted to newsgroups, so there won't be any unpleasant surprises waiting for you when you get into the office.

Save your development hours for developing! Use Visual Build to clear your schedule of all of your manual build and deployment tasks today!

The Conversation
The Fine Print
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Shazza Looks like the current version doesn’t support Delphi 10.3 (which given it’s only been out a few days isn’t surprising). When do you expect to update it for 10.3, and will that be a major version upgrade? What is the pricing for upgrades?
Nov 26 2018 at 9:04am Copy Link
Kyle A In the next few weeks. It will be a minor release (free). Regular price for major release upgrades is $149.
Kinook Software, Inc. - Nov 26 2018 at 9:16am Copy Link
Shazza Thanks Kyle,

I’ve been looking at the version history on the website, and it seems as though there is no consistent time between minor version releases. I’m trying to get a sense of how much time I can expect to be able to use my $99 investment before an upgrade is required in order to keep pace with Delphi changes. The last time this deal was offered, it was for v8.7, and the next release was 9.0. You have already said the next release will be a minor release in a couple of weeks, but will that release be 9.8 or 9.9?

Nov 26 2018 at 7:25pm Copy Link
Kyle A v9.8. Given that there were 18 months from Delphi 10.2 to 10.3, it's likely that the next VBP release will be good for Delphi changes for quite a while.
Kinook Software, Inc. - Nov 27 2018 at 8:11am Copy Link
Shazza Thanks Kyle
Nov 27 2018 at 1:28pm Copy Link
Bradley MacDonald Quick Question - I use a Software Licensing tool call WinLicense. I see that on your website - you have not got any of these types of Shareware licensing tools listed - and I understand they are a little obscure.

How would you recommend handling this sort of program? Is there a way I can setup a custom command line to do that function in the build? As I have to do it twice in the build process - (once for EXE and once for the installer) - the build process would have to wait for it to complete before moving to the next step.


Nov 28 2018 at 8:55am Copy Link
Kyle A Use the Run Program action to call a third-party tool.

Yes, Visual Build will run in a virtual machine.
Kinook Software, Inc. - Nov 28 2018 at 9:33am Copy Link
Bradley MacDonald Kyle

Thank you for the quick replies.
Just purchased.

Have a great day!

Nov 28 2018 at 11:28am Copy Link
Shazza I see in the samples folder there is a "build launcher" application. Unfortunately I don't understand C#, but if I understand the concept correctly, it seems to be front end for setting some properties and kicking off a build script. Is that correct?

If so, is it possible to write a launcher in Delphi, and if so, how would that application interact with the build script to set the values, kick off the build etc?
Nov 28 2018 at 1:28pm Copy Link
Kyle A Yes, the BuildLauncher collects inputs, then generates and calls Visual Build with command-line parameters to define macro values used by the build script. You could do the same thing with a Delphi app.
Kinook Software, Inc. - Nov 28 2018 at 2:24pm Copy Link
Shazza Thanks Kyle - I’ve purchased, so looking forward to getting my build process automated.
Nov 28 2018 at 9:15pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Great News! Kinook Software, Inc. has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Nov 29 2018 at 12:11am Copy Link
Mark Krieger Quick question - while the text works well under 4K screens (need to adjust the columns though) the icon bar is kind of unusable with microscopic icons.
Will you be adding bigger icons still in the v9 updates?
Nov 29 2018 at 11:27am Copy Link
Kyle A It's on our list. For now, a couple of options:

1) Modify the properties of the Visual Build shortcut -> Compatibility tab -> Change high DPI settings -> Override high DPI scaling behavior --> set to System (Enhanced)


2) Create the following DWORD registry value setting with a value of 0 and restart Visual Build:

Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Kinook Software\Visual Build Professional 9\Options\DPIAware
Kinook Software, Inc. - Nov 29 2018 at 11:55am Copy Link
Mark Krieger Thanks @Kyle
It looks quite different now. Much less on the screen but even easier to read and not just bigger images :)
Nov 29 2018 at 12:13pm Copy Link
Kyle A What do you mean by can't try Enhanced ZIP since it is not licensed? All features should be available in the eval version.
Kinook Software, Inc. - Nov 29 2018 at 12:22pm Copy Link
Mark Krieger Hi Kyle

Here's a screenshot:
Nov 29 2018 at 12:26pm Copy Link
Kyle A That is coming from the ZIP component used by Visual Build, which shouldn't be happening (AFAIK, our license for that product should enable all features). Can you send your .bld file to Thanks.
Kinook Software, Inc. - Nov 29 2018 at 12:43pm Copy Link
Shazza @Kyle (FYI) I tried both options for DPI scaling and neither worked on my QHD monitors. I have resorted to customising the toolbar and selecting "large icons" which makes them readable and hence usable, but it's not pretty.
Nov 29 2018 at 1:17pm Copy Link
Gary Smith It is commonly understood that the terms updates and upgrades have different meanings.

Updates are for new releases for a major version number (e.g., 1,1, 1.2.4, 1.9.3, all for the 1.x major release).

Upgrades are when the major version number changes. (e.g., 1.x changes to 2.x). Typically a major number changes only when significant features are added to the software.

Given these common definitions, in the Fine Print section, there is a statement that is confusing:

"Upgrades to future versions of the software will be free up to the next major version."

That statement implies that upgrades will not be free since an Upgrade is a major version number change. There is no mention of "Updates." Should the first use of "upgrade" been "updates" instead, as in:

Updates to future versions of the software will be free up to the next major version.


Thanks in advance for your answer.
Nov 30 2018 at 8:29pm Copy Link
Kyle A Yes, that should be updates rather than upgrades, but we don't control that content.
Kinook Software, Inc. - Dec 1 2018 at 11:11am Copy Link
Gary Smith Thanks Kyle for your response, but your response says you do not control that content. Then if the vendor does not control it, who does control that content?
Dec 1 2018 at 11:36am Copy Link
Kyle A BitsDuJour does, but they said they aren't able to change it.
Kinook Software, Inc. - Dec 1 2018 at 11:42am Copy Link

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