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InstallAnywhere Tip: How to Specify Native or Swing Resources

The InstallAnywhere $IA_BROWSE_FOLDERS$ variable controls whether InstallAnywhere installers will use Swing or Native resources to render the Browse for Folder dialog box (also called the Select Folder dialog box). This distinction is important when localizing an installer.

  • Native—When the $IA_BROWSE_FOLDERS$ variable is set to Native, the installer renders a Browse for Folder dialog box that has a look and feel consistent with the end user’s operating system. 
  • Swing—When the $IA_BROWSE_FOLDERS$ variable is set to Swing, the installer renders a Browse for Folder dialog box that uses the correct locale for all languages, and it is consistent across different platforms.

To learn more about each of these options and to compare their settings, check out the full article: Using the $IA_BROWSE_FOLDERS$ Variable to Specific Native or Swing Resources. What tips can you add?


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Don Hite began writing as a columnist for Rod Trent on SWYNK.Com (Now Enterpriseitplanet.Com) in the winter of 1999. In January of 2002 he co-founded the Kansas City Regional Systems Management Users Group (KCRSMUG) along with Janis Keim. Don is the eldest of four children and was born in the Army hospital at Wurzburg Germany in November of 1957. After living in Bad Kissingen Germany for the first few years of his life the Hite family moved back to the United States after his father retired from the army when Don was still in kaki army diapers. Educated by trade as a commercial master electrician Don made the career change from terminating Copper Conductor cable to terminating Ethernet cable in the early 1990’s. Don is married and lives on a farm in rural Kingsville Missouri with his wife Virginia (Ginny) and has a Son Lee, Stepdaughter Lisa and an 11 year old grandson named Blake.

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