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There's only one thing I'm curious about - seeing as how these Windows programs, why not use a free install system for Windows, such as NSIS? Using that, you can compress Shoujo Attack all the way down to 6.72MB (LZMA compression). And no, that's not a typo - 6.72, not 16.72. Not to mention that you could easily create shortcuts, uninstaller, etc., only adding a few KB to the final installer size. ToL1 goes down to 3.10MB.
I believe you were asking for a way to compress Shoujo Attack more, so I would think this is pretty much the perfect option. If needed, I'd be more than happy to create the installer scripts - 2-3KB in size.
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Does anyone here know about Inno Setup? I heard that one's really good and has won numerous awards. NSIS isn't as familiar to me.
Shoujo Attack Installer made with NSIS ("Classic" UI), including uninstaller, shortcuts, and entry in Add/Remove Programs - 6.73MB
Same as above, but with Modern UI and option to launch game once install is complete (essentially the same as Inno Setup) - 6.76MB
Same as above, but made with Inno Setup and the accompanying scripting wizard - 6.96MB
NSIS could also be used for downloading add-ons, etc. - for example, you could make sound and music optional for ToL2, and allow the user to download and install those at the same time as the game (using seperate, silent installers). The download plugin is included in the base installer overhead (<40KB), so only the command to download takes extra space.
Anyway, just my two cents as to why NSIS is better than Inno Setup.
Anyway, yeah, I think using these installer thingamawhatchamacallems (Take note of my computer illiteracy...) is a very good idea, especially for people who have anything below cable or DSL.
Rar, best, solid, sfx: 7.24 Mb
7Zip, ultra, solid, sfx: 6.85 Mb
Zip (via 7-zip), deflate: 17,8 Mb
About installers I think they are evil. No installers is much better than installers.
Installers even for the smallest application will alter the registry, mess up your Start Menu, ect... Avoid them!
At its simplest, NSIS is nothing more than a SFX engine. All shortcuts, uninstallers and registry writes need to be specified explicitly - unlike Inno Setup, which will force your uninstaller into the Add/Remove programs menu.
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