Astrum InstallWizard is a versatile installation creation utility. AIW has a host of advanced features normally available only in the most expensive tools: AutoUpdater enables your customers to easily download updates to your programs. With Dialog editor you can freely modify any of the dialogs shown during installation. The 3rd-party component support allows you to install .NET framework, Java and other components on demand. Variables and conditionals allow you to branch the installation execution. VB project import and dependency checker allow you to quickly and easily add all the necessary components to the installation. And the list goes on. All the basic features are naturally also supported, including multilingual installations, multiple disk spanning, singe-executable installations, interactive and shell operations, registry and ini modifications, shortcut creation, adding file associations, and so on. Although Astrum InstallWizard is feature packed, the user interface is still intuitive and easy to use; you can create professional looking installations in matter of minutes.
Aiw supports all the basic installation program features, including such as multiple installation items, registry modifications, INI-file modifications, shortcut creation, readme text, license agreement text, DLL registration, Shared DLLs, customizable file properties, etc.
The installations can be created in any supported language* and you can give the user an option to choose a language he prefers. The Readme and License agreement texts can also be specified separately for each language.
* Currently available languages are Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian.
Fully customizable outlook
Aiw enables you to define whether to show the background window, image to draw to the background, color patterns, texts, and various other settings. In addition Aiw contains a dialog editor which lets you freely modify the dialogs in the installation; you can add your own components and images, remove old components, and do whatever else you wish. Aiw even contains a Theme system which allows you to change the outlook of the entire installation with just one click. The dialog customization allows you to create installations that always look professional and up-to-date.
Single executable installations
All installations created with Aiw contain only a single executable which you can put to your website for download. No additional files are created so you don't need to use some other utility to pack installation files into a single executable. If you're distributing your installations on smaller media Aiw lets you split the installation into smaller packages.
The conditional system enables you to create installations that react to the properties of the destination system and to the user feedback. Almost all functions in Aiw can be conditioned so that whether or not they are executed depends on some variable. These properties can be the operating system, a value read from registry or file, the existence of some registry value or file, a text string entered by the user, an answer to a yes-no-question provided by the user, etc.
The AutoUpdater tool enables you to add professional looking update system to your own software by just ticking the option specifying where to download the updates from. AutoUpdater can check for updates for all of your programs and you can run it in silent mode when it only displays itself if there are updates available.
System requirement checking
Aiw supports checking various system information and notifying the user if some conditions specified in the installation project are not met. You can specify the required CPU speed, amount of RAM, operating system, DirectX version, resolution, etc. Required hard disk space is automatically checked.
Aiw supports showing a slide show during lengthy installations. To save space the files can be in jpeg format. Aiw also supports other multimedia features, such as playing background music during the installation (mp3). You can also specify that Aiw should decompress all mp3 and jpg files into wav and bmp files during installation. This enables you to create small installations that contain lot of sound and music files, and images, yet your own program can use the simple and fast to handle wav and bmp formats.
Aiw supports multiple "miscellaneous" operations that do not fall into any single category. These features include such as shell operations (copy files, move files, delete files, rename files, create directories, remove directories), executing programs, opening documents, opening folders, showing messages, asking yes-no-questions (and taking some action according to the answer), etc. In association with the conditional system these operations allow you to create very diverse installations.
Support for custom DLLs
The conditional system and miscellaneous operations enable you to create very versatile installations but sometimes they are not enough. In these cases you can create a DLL which contains custom behaviour. The DLLs allow you to do practically anything in your installations.
Support for installing 3rd-party components
Aiw allows you to install many third-party components, such as .NET Framework and Java. These components can be downloaded from the Internet on demand in order to minimize the installation size.
Intuitive user interface
Even though Aiw is feature packed and a versatile installation creation utility, the user interface has been kept very simple. We have gotten feedback from hundreds of users praising the intuitive user interface. Most simple installations can be created in matter of minutes. Dozens of users have changed from InstallShield to Aiw due to the fact that even though InstallShield indisputably has more features than Aiw, creating just a basic installation with InstallShield can take hours while with Aiw anyone without any previous experience can create the same installation in a fraction of that time.
Aiw has the best price-feature ratio on the market. All tools that have even as much features as Aiw cost nearly ten times more than Aiw. The features of Aiw are also adequate for almost every installation so it is no use paying a tenfold price for features that you don't actually need.