Today I will be talking about PackageMaker
It’s a very neat tool for systems administrators to use and create packages for OS X.
You can download PackageMaker from Apple Developer’s site (A google Search will also find you PackageMaker via Softopia)
PackageMaker let’s you create simple and easy to use application or script packages to be deployed on clients machines.
Personally, I use PackageMaker constantly to create deployment software for batch installs or even pass on customized softwares to my end users as a simple to use install.
Further down, you can also use the packages you create with Deploystudio or Munki
Let’s download PackageMaker from the developer’s site
You will need to have an account, it’s free to create one.
Once logged in, Go to the Dev Center and Click Mac
Click on Additional Downloads and search for PackageMaker
It will be under Auxiliary tools for XCode
Once you have it install, launch it
In the Organization Field, you need a unique Organization concept such as com.apple, com.google (Clearly you don’t want to use those but pick something according)
At this stage, you will need to give the package a title
Select the Install Destination (User selected, System Drive i.e Macintosh HD or the user home folder)
You can add a certificate (I will not get into that, because apps tied to certs are actual in house apps and chances are you rather the software checked in rather than having the cert with it)
Description will just give a written explanation to the user
You will see the permissions options allowing you to set permissions for the files.
Unless you know what you are doing, just apply the recommendations.
The configuration tab will allow you to say where exactly the app should be stored, give it an identifier and a version to your package, you can also set if it needs admin authentication or a restart action
The Blue Interface Logo above the packageMaker window will allow you to customize the interface for a better User Experience.
This would be where you would put the User Agreement, etc.
Once all is done.
Click the Build and you will be prompted for a Saved Location and File Name
That’s it, you have created your package and it’s ready to use.
I would also recommend you save the PackageMaker build File so if you needed to make a new version it would be easy.