+ Post New Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 17
Educational Software Thread, TTS Easi-View MSI installation in Technical; Hi Guys and Girls, I have been handed a TTS Easi-View visualiser installation CD and asked to put the software ...
  1. #1
    mhundley's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Worcester
    Posts
    47
    Thank Post
    11
    Thanked 8 Times in 7 Posts
    Rep Power
    16

    Unhappy TTS Easi-View MSI installation

    Hi Guys and Girls,

    I have been handed a TTS Easi-View visualiser installation CD and asked to put the software on every staff laptop.

    No problem I thought, i'll copy the installation MSi to the serve and off we go.

    But no, in their wisdom TTS have chosen to sell a cheap webcam on a stick and bundle it with software which only comes as an exe and which demands that the camera is connected at time of installation.

    Unfortunately the Aver+ software which is already installed on the laptops will not see the camera and the school are unlikely to buy more of these as the cheapest seems to come in at around two and a half times the price.

    I was wondering if anyone had managed to package this up as an MSI, and if they did could give me a few hints on how to actually do it.

    I would like to actually do it myself so I have the experience in case anything else of this type comes my way.

    I did notice there was a file extracted to %temp% which seems to list the deviceid of the usb camera, I was wondering if this could be edited to look for a device which exists in all of the laptops.

    I am fairly experienced in making and editing MSI's and due to the fact that the installation runs a dpinst to add some drivers I am not keen to just do a discover image as I have had major issues with discovers and driver packages before. Similarly I am not keen to do an AutoIT or startup script unless absolutely necessary as this will be the start of a slippery slope whereby apps are installed via one of many methods and no-one really knows how or why a particular type was chosen.

    Unfortunately appdeploy.com does not list the software so I could not get a start from there.

    Thanks in advance


    Marc



    Edit: Domain is 2K8R2 in 2003 functional mode and clients are XPSP3
    Last edited by mhundley; 3rd February 2011 at 01:02 PM. Reason: Added Domain details

  2. #2
    jamin100's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Birmingham
    Posts
    1,079
    Thank Post
    151
    Thanked 100 Times in 80 Posts
    Rep Power
    33
    yup ive done this but nothing fancy.

    Just created the MSI using WININSTALLLE. Snapshot on a clean machine, installed the software, snapshoft after and then it compiled the MSI for me.

    I changed nothing. I have it deployed to staff laptops through group policy. The only ones I had trouble with is the laptops with built in webcams.

  3. Thanks to jamin100 from:

    mhundley (8th February 2011)

  4. #3
    mhundley's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Worcester
    Posts
    47
    Thank Post
    11
    Thanked 8 Times in 7 Posts
    Rep Power
    16
    Jamin100, thanks for the advice, I have given it a go today and following a test deployment it doesnt appear to break anything, have rolled out to staff machines so hopefully this will be the end of it.

    It just annoys me that companies providing software/hardware for education fail to look beyond the great concept (which I do believe visualisers are) and pick the first/cheapest thing they can find. The software actually installs a systray icon which has a popup saying "Right Click On Me" after all the time ive spent training people not to follow instructions like that if they didnt instigate it beggars belief from an educational supplier. [/rant]

    Right onto something more entertaining, thanks again.

  5. #4

    sparkeh's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    7,231
    Thank Post
    1,446
    Thanked 1,859 Times in 1,252 Posts
    Blog Entries
    22
    Rep Power
    559
    I am having a real problem getting this to work satisfactorily on Vista.
    XP was ok except the tray icon never removing the red cross when the camera is plugged in.

    Made the Vista msi in many way (ie starting the first scan then plugging the camera in, plugging the camera in then starting the first scan, capturing the reboot, not capturing etc) but always have issue with the install. Everytime a user logs in they get dialog and Easi-View is configuring something.

    Any ideas as this is doing my nut in.

  6. #5
    RobFuller's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Chelmsford
    Posts
    316
    Thank Post
    83
    Thanked 39 Times in 29 Posts
    Rep Power
    22
    Did anyone manage to find a way of capturing an msi or even commanding the exe in some way?

    Any help appreciated,
    Rob

  7. #6

    plexer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Norfolk
    Posts
    13,691
    Thank Post
    756
    Thanked 1,715 Times in 1,526 Posts
    Rep Power
    438
    Could you use this to do it? Windows Installer Wrapper Wizard | AdminPost.com

    Ben

  8. #7
    RobFuller's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Chelmsford
    Posts
    316
    Thank Post
    83
    Thanked 39 Times in 29 Posts
    Rep Power
    22
    Looks like that software isnt around anymore...

  9. #8
    RobFuller's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Chelmsford
    Posts
    316
    Thank Post
    83
    Thanked 39 Times in 29 Posts
    Rep Power
    22
    Done it, ok well not exactly an MSI but I found how to script the install silently.

    Install the software on a machine with the camera attached, you need to be very quick because as soon as the desktop shortcut is shown, copy the directory C:\Program Files (x86)\USB2.0 UVC WebCam\ (change appropriate drive letters, program files directory) to somewhere safe, desktop will do. I found if you waited two long, the driver installers get deleted!
    Within that directory you'll have the camera Easi-View software (Easi-View.exe) and then below that another folder called DriverPackage, within here are two driver installers called DPInst32.exe and DPInst64.exe. These two executables will install the drivers needed for the camera, what we done was copy using a script the folder back into program files on each machine and then run the DPInst64.exe to install the drivers, that’s it! The software will run nice without being installed and bonus you lose that stupid red cross program in the taskbar!!

    Hope that’s of help to anyone,
    Rob

  10. Thanks to RobFuller from:

    beany1 (20th January 2014)

  11. #9

    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Cardiff
    Posts
    23
    Thank Post
    3
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Rep Power
    0
    First of all sorry for dragging up such an old thread but does anyone have a copy of the Easi-View software they could send to me? A teacher has just presented me with one of these from a bygone era (obviously without the installation cd) and expects me to make it work. I've spoken to someone at TTS who said they'd send me a link but that has yet to come to fruition so thought I would try here.

  12. #10


    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Leeds
    Posts
    7,060
    Thank Post
    232
    Thanked 926 Times in 795 Posts
    Rep Power
    309
    I have a version of it on my pendrive its ~ 16mb zipped up if you want me to try and email it

  13. Thanks to sted from:

    Chrish5 (14th October 2014)

  14. #11

    LeMarchand's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    The deepest pits of hell
    Posts
    2,603
    Thank Post
    327
    Thanked 421 Times in 294 Posts
    Rep Power
    223
    TTS Easi-View Primary Visualiser EL00052 - buy at Primary ICT for Primary Schools & Education

    Scroll down; not sure if that's the whole thing or just an update, but IIRC it's the whole thing.

  15. Thanks to LeMarchand from:

    Chrish5 (14th October 2014)

  16. #12

    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Cardiff
    Posts
    23
    Thank Post
    3
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Rep Power
    0
    Thanks both, yes the update looks like the full package, annoyingly Google led me to that site this morning but to a different visualiser without the software links.

  17. #13
    hallb15's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Leeds
    Posts
    618
    Thank Post
    666
    Thanked 351 Times in 235 Posts
    Rep Power
    95
    Good luck - we have those in school and they are pretty awful.
    They serve a purpose for some teachers, but are nothing more than a webcam on a stick with a poor driver implementation that requires you to have the device plugged in before you can successfully install them.

  18. #14


    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Leeds
    Posts
    7,060
    Thank Post
    232
    Thanked 926 Times in 795 Posts
    Rep Power
    309
    Quote Originally Posted by hallb15 View Post
    Good luck - we have those in school and they are pretty awful.
    They serve a purpose for some teachers, but are nothing more than a webcam on a stick with a poor driver implementation that requires you to have the device plugged in before you can successfully install them.
    let me quess some randomly depending on what pc they are plugged into wont focus?

  19. #15

    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Cardiff
    Posts
    23
    Thank Post
    3
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Rep Power
    0
    I enjoyed reading the Amazon reviews earlier, sounded very similar to your comment hallb.
    I'm guessing this camera on a stick has been in a cupboard for a while for a reason but this teacher came across it and would like to use it, seems to be working 'ok' at the moment.



SHARE:
+ Post New Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Easi-View causing stop error
    By ClaireJoanne in forum Windows
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 11th November 2010, 12:56 PM
  2. Easi-View visualisers
    By ClaireJoanne in forum AV and Multimedia Related
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 29th September 2010, 12:24 PM
  3. Well Done TTS - Easi-Speak Pro Issue
    By SYSMAN_MK in forum Hardware
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 1st July 2010, 04:34 PM
  4. Easi-View Visualiser
    By rocknrollstar in forum Hardware
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 8th April 2010, 12:04 PM
  5. [Review] TTS Easi-Listener Review
    By SYSMAN_MK in forum Hardware
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 14th March 2010, 02:52 PM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •