I've put together a small package, which contains the English (en-us) updates for most of the Office update packages i put out. Since this program works by database it might be easier to release this instead of uploading/downloading packages, since only a few are needed per month that can be downloaded from Microsoft.
I've setup the database with a tree structure to work with the office integrator, its not perfect, and i will modify it in the future.
Once you download the file, i suggest you create a folder such as 'Updates' on your hard drive, extract the file to this and you should get a few files, run the ketarin.exe and it should display a window with the updates that I've created at this time. You can go into View->Show Groups to get a better view of the packages, also by clicking on the target bar will hopefully make it clear which updates there are. You can now select the updates for a particular group that you don't want to download and delete them, ie if you don't want the Office Viewers, then select all the updates that have a target path including 'Office_Viewers' and delete them.
The program will also download service packs, so be careful that you risk downloading a considerable amount if you have everything selected.
For the moment I've tried to group things into the same folders, even though in some GLB (Global) folders you will find language specific updates (ie en-us for US English), I've done this so that from OI you can select all the updates from one folder.
- You will find a small batch file '_ExtractMSPs.bat' in each 'hotfix' folder of 2007+. You just need to run this in order to create a updates subfolder that should contain all the updates needed to be installed with office in order for it to be up-to-date. Just copy the contents of this folder to the 'updates' folder of your office installation source.
- I've modified the batch file so it is in all the 2007, 2010, 2013 downloads. In order to do this I had to make changes to the 2007 file structure, If you want 2007, please DELETE THE EXISTING 2007 FOLDER
and let the OUD re-download the files into the new structure.
- In the next release I will probably modify the structure again in order to simplify the downloads. I suspect it makes more sense to gave one global folder than individual folders for each version. This should cut down on space and time requirements.
Download the Office Updates Downloader (updated 2014-05-19)Ketarin_OfficeUpdatesDownloader_en-us_20140519.7z
I know many of you have come here wondering if this project is dead - I will not say it is dead but for my part it has become a project that I can't devote the time I once did. The recent period that the forum was down was finally the time to realize that there were several reasons why I should stop/cut-back. The main reasons is that a new son whom I need/wish to spend time with, my work has changed that I used to be able to do these updates at work (so this project was partly funded by my company) - this is no longer possible, I used to do many more deployments than I do these days so it was in my interest to keep this project going, and also my personal interests have been in other things. There are other smaller reasons but these are the main ones.
Another factor is also that I have noticed a significant drop in users/interest even prior to the forum going offline and again I think its for several reasons, a lot of these projects are Windows XP only based and that OS while being a great OS is just normally being replaced with Windows 7 and 8 which can't use these great tools like the OEM ACT and PowerPacker, another reason I think is because Siginet has been pretty absent before the forums went offline and without a significant number of users to keep the forums alive, things will stagnate as I think they did.
I do believe that the OI has a future, people who do deployments like to have things up-to-date when they install a software, they don't like installing Office 2010 and then apply 60 odd patches. However I can't spend a weekend every month making this happen. I know people love coming here and downloading the updates but at this point there are 2 alternatives.
I still need these updates for "some" office products, so I will probably make some packs on a very infrequent basis, this means most viewers and other lower use office products, project, sharepoint designer, I would drop them and I might post the most common packs (update the OUD) maybe every 6 months, maybe once a year, I don't know. It would be as I can do it and not a commitment to do it as I was doing it before.
The 2nd choice, which I would prefer, is to get someone to take over this project. I had indicated this some time ago and there really wasn't any serious offers, now I would be very happy to teach someone how I do these packs and they can take over the process, maybe someone could find a way to automate part or all of it. But I do believe these forums do need an overhaul to update the projects including this one.
In terms of the OI, I have been in communication with benners and i'll let him speak for himself and the OI but I believe Sig has the code for v1.x. Certainly one of the things to get this project up and running again would be to get an updated version of the OI available and then maybe it will spark someone into doing the packs or integrating the process into the OI as I had envisioned it.
So I haven't 'jumped ship' as I saw someone post, but I am only going to be passing by from time-to-time, I will be happy to answer questions or help someone take over the OUD or pack creation.
Thanks to all the people along the way that have replied, commented and said 'thank you' for my work, I never expect it and it is greatly appreciated when I see it.