Advanced Installer 6.4 is a Windows Installer authoring tool which enables developers and system administrators to easily build and repackage complex applications into reliable, ready to deploy MSI and EXE installers, patches and on-line updates.
Uniquely focusing from its very beginnings on the ease of use, Advanced Installer is completely GUI-driven, with intuitive and simple access to all the powerful functionality it offers. Friendly wizards, smart assistants and re-packagers allow even non-experts to produce complete, valid and reliable installers in mere minutes.
By using exclusively the industry standard Window Installer engine without proprietary scripting languages, and by carefully following its recommendations and best practices, Advanced Installer strives to create some of the cleanest, most correct MSI packages which effortlessly pass validation tests and logo certifications.
Advanced Installer is built on standard, open formats. Project files are XML, easily checked in source control systems. Multiple installer types can be defined to be built from a single project. Command-line mode operation allows integration in build scripts. Extensions always follow the Windows Installer recommendations and are provided in native modules for compliant, dependency-less installers.
Install packages can run on all Microsoft Windows operating systems, from Windows 95 to the latest Windows Vista, both 32 and 64-bit, supporting the latest Microsoft frameworks and products, including .NET 3.0, IIS 7.0 and IE7. Additional applications and components are supported as prerequisites, merge modules, or through repackaging and importing.
A few of the numerous features packed in Advanced Installer: strong LZMA compression, software auto-updater, full dialog editor, digital signatures, EXE bootstrapper, over 25 localizations, driver installs, CD/DVD autorun, user accounts, task scheduler, XML updates, SQL scripts and many more.
# Save on training costs
User friendly, completely GUI driven, with no scripts to learn, no databases to edit and no XML to write.
# Save on development costs
Hundreds of powerful features ready to use with just a few mouse clicks. Tons of functionality configurable for your installers.
# Save on additional tool purchases
Included updater, launcher, bootstrapper, trialware, serial validation, dialog editor, additional languages and countless others.
# Save on consulting
Advanced Installer's fanatical support team stands ready to help you with any installer questions you may have.
# Save time to market
Develop with wizards, import existing IDE projects, integrate into automated build tools and source control systems.
# Reduce your support costs
Fewer number of incidents due to improper installers. Enjoy reliable installers crafted with obsessive attention to detail.
# Increase customer satisfaction
Robust installers based on standard Windows Installer technology offering rollbacks, patches, autoupdates, etc
# Save on migration tools
Leverage existing investments. Repackage older installers, import MSIs, WiX projects. Use open formats, avoid proprietary traps.
Changelog for this release:
# Bug fixes:
- "SetPackageName" command line option did not work correctly
- Installation UI testing crashed in mixed package projects
- Updater AutoClose application feature did not close all applications in list
- Key member of a component was not set correctly when loading a project
- "Ensure that all files in this folder overwrite any installed target files" option did not work correctly for folders with INI files
- Shortcuts to 64-bit targets were not repackaged correctly
- Client/Server Application projects did not support switching themes
- PrepareDlg standard action condition was overwritten when opening a project
- Predefined prerequisites added automatically by another feature did not contain all searches
- Registry keys which contained entries were displayed as empty in registry tree
- InstallTypeDlg dialog did not correctly convert per-user and per-machine paths
- Some predefined user groups were not added to the package using a SID
- A MSM identifier was incorrectly appended to some predefined properties
- Pasted custom actions could not be deleted
- "Call function from Standard DLL" custom action was passing incorrect values as arguments for the target function
- Tomcat shutdown port was not always detected automatically
- "Add Predefined UI Custom Action" context menu state was not handled correctly
Windows 2000 Service Pack 4