At a Glance
- Can update DonationCoder apps easily; Adaptable to your own suite of products.
- Installed apps don’t appear correctly in app unless you restart
Update DonationCoder apps within a single application.
DcUpdater is a simple little app that lets you update or install
many apps written by DonationCoder.com contributors all at once. If
you’re a fan of the work posted at that site, pick this up and
it’ll give you the power to update 10 different apps from a single
source. One example of a terrific DonationCoder app is ScreenshotCaptor,
which I reviewed favorably. The other apps are Clipboard
Help+Spell, Find and Run Robot
(FARR), Flipbook Printer,
Commander, Point Motivator, Process Tamer, The Form Letter
Machine, Unicode Image Maker, and URL Snooper.
The interface reminds me of Apple Software Updater, which many
users will recognize as the app Apple uses to update them all at
once. When you launch DcUpdater, it’ll first show you DonationCoder
apps already present on your PC. Click the check box next to one of
them, then right-click the app to see installation options.
For DcUpdater apps that are neither downloaded nor installed
yet, click on the Available for Installation tab, click the
checkbox next to one or more of them, then click the Check Now
button. Then, right-click each one for installation options. This
may seem a little convoluted, but the app does a good job of
guiding you through it. You can download the app for the first time
with DcUpdater install it later, if you wish.
One annoying quirk that could be easily corrected in a future
version: After installing something new from the Available for
Installation tab, it’s expected that the new app would then
dispappear from Available for Installation and appear under
Installed Packages. However, it doesn’t show in that list until you
quit DcUpdater and relaunch it. This is definitely something that
should be dynamically updated, because it can lead a user to
accidentally try to install something more than once, which would
cause the app to attempt to repair or remove itself the second
If you’re a programmer with a suite of apps and are willing to
devote a little effort, the DonationCoder.com Web site has
instructions for modifying DcUpdater for use with your own suite of
applications in addition to, or instead of, DonationCoder’s. If
you’d like your users to be able to update many of your apps
easily, check out the instructions and see if DcUpdater is right
for you. The developers say that adding DcUpdater support to your
apps requires no programming knowledge whatsoever, but it seemed a
little daunting to me.
Other than the dynamic updating problem mentioned above,
DcUpdater works well for keeping track of version updates for
DonationCoder’s array of handy utilities, and with a little
know-how, can be adapted for your own work.
Note: This program is donationware. It is free
to try, but the author accepts and encourages donations towards