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Visual Studio Installer projects no longer supported in Visual Studio 11, replaced by InstallShield LE

April 5th, 2012 by and tagged ,

In the new beta version of Visual Studio 11 you can’t open .vdproj files anymore. This project type was for Visual Studio Installer projects in the Setup & Deployment category, used to create Windows Installer (MSI) setups for your applications.

The current version, Visual Studio 2010, already includes a free limited edition of InstallShield to create .msi setups, but it also supports .vdproj projects. Now with Visual Studio 11 the .vdproj support was removed and users are told to use InstallShield LE instead (although some users prefer other tools with Visual Studio integration, like WiX). InstallShield also includes an option to import existing .vdproj files.

This change was announced quite a while ago, in July 2010, so it’s not a big surprise.

Full-fledged editions InstallShield can be purchased from the InstallSite Shop at http://www.installsite.biz/installshield.htm

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Advanced Installer 9.0 available

March 30th, 2012 by and tagged

On March 26th, 2012 Caphyon Ltd. released Advanced Installer version 9.0. The new version is a free update for all customers who purchased a license within the past six months or who have an active maintenance plan.

The Advanced Installer IDE now has a ribbon style interface and a redesigned Custom Actions view. New functionality includes the ability to import packed SharePoint solutions and the conversion of existing EXE installers to MSI packages. According to the release notes, the latter was the most requested feature ever. Essentially, it creates a wrapper which will call the EXE installer as a post-install prerequisite. You can specify command line options for different UI levels and maintenance operations which Advanced Installer will pass to the EXE.

Advanced Installer 9.0 Release Notes

Advanced Installer (full versions, upgrades and maintenance extensions) are available via the InstallSite Shop at http://www.installsite.biz/advancedinstaller.htm

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Upgrades from AdminStudio 9 end in three weeks

March 9th, 2012 by and tagged ,

In January, when AdminStudio 11 was released, Flexera Software also announced the end of life for AdminStudio 9.0, 9.01 and 9.5. Upgrade pricing from these versions ends in three weeks, on March 30. If you want to upgrade to the latest version AdminStudio 11 you should do so before the end of March. After that date you’d have to pay the full version price.

If you decide not to upgrade, please save any updates, service packs or Hotfixes for your AdminStudio 9.x before they are removed from the web site.

 

AdminStudio can be purchased from the InstallSite Shop at http://www.installsite.biz/adminstudio.htm

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Advanced Installer 8.8 released

January 5th, 2012 by and tagged

Happy New Year to all my readers!

I missed this news over the holidays, so here it is a bit late: On December 22nd, 2011 Caphyon Ltd. announced the release of Advanced Installer 8.8. The new version adds support for VMware ThinApp to the existing App-V support, so now you have more choice of supported application virtualization solutions. In addition there are improvements for digital signatures and prerequisites and many more.

For details please see the release notes.

With this release, the Advanced Installer team at Caphyon continues with their approximately monthly release cycle. Gladly that doesn’t mean that you have an outdated version a few weeks after purchase, because Advanced Installer includes six months of maintenance by default (the Plus editions include 30 months of maintenance).


Advanced Installer (full versions, upgrades and maintenance extensions) are available via the InstallSite Shop at http://www.installsite.biz/advancedinstaller.htm

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Advanced Installer 8.7 released

November 30th, 2011 by and tagged

On November 29th, 2011 Caphyon Ltd.announced the release of Advanced Installer 8.7. New features in this version include:

  • Software Identification in accordance with ISO/IEC 19770-2:2009
  • App-V package dependencies
  • Tab Host control in enhanced user interface
  • Internet Explorer predefined searches
  • “Log on as a service” policy support
  • and many other enhancements and fixes

Release Notes


Advanced Installer (full versions, upgrades and maintenance extensions) are available via the InstallSite Shop at http://www.installsite.biz/advancedinstaller.htm

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Service Pack 1 for InstallShield 2012 available

November 14th, 2011 by and tagged ,

Flexera Software released Service Pack 1 for InstallShield 2012. Many of the fixes apply to the Suite Installation project type that was introduced in version 2012 and is only available in the Premier edition. But there are also fixes for the Professional and Express editions and for the Stand-Alone Build module.


InstallShield can be purchased from the InstallSite Shop at http://www.installsite.biz/installshield.htm

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Wise Package Studio officially retired

November 14th, 2011 by and tagged , , ,

Last week, Symantec officially announced the end of life of Wise Package Studio, confirming what was already discussed in October. It will be replaced by its former rival product, AdminStudio, from Flexera Software. Here’s the official announcement:

http://www.symantec.com/business/theme.jsp?themeid=wise-package-studio-migration

For more details, see also my blog article of October 6.

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Security Hotfix for InstallShield and AdminStudio available

November 11th, 2011 by and tagged , , ,

Flexera Software published a security hotfix for their InstallShield and AdminStudio product lines.

The hotfix is available for the following product versions:

  • InstallShield 2009
  • InstallShield 2010
  • InstallShield 2011
  • InstallShield Limited Editions
  • AdminStudio 9.0
  • AdminStudio 9.5
  • AdminStudio 10.0
  • AdminStudio Limited Editions

Newer versions (e.g. InstallShield 2012) are not affected.

The knowledge base article doesn’t say anything about older versions of InstallShield and AdminStudio, most of which are end of life and no longer supported. Only AdminStudio versions 8.0, 8.5 and 8.6 are still supported until March 1st, 2012. It’s currently unclear if these versions are affected by the security problem and if there will be a hotfix. (Flexera Software’s end of life policy can be found at http://www.flexerasoftware.com/support/end-of-life.htm)

I didn’t find technical details about the vulnerability, but Tippingpoint lists advisory ZDI-CAN-1192 which is yet unpublished and may or may not be related to this hotfix. This advisory has a CVSS severity rating of 10, because the vulnerability can be exploited over the network, the complexity of the attack is low, and no authentication is required.

The security hotfix is not offered automatically via the update manager. Instead you have to download it from Knowledge Base article Q201079.


InstallShield and AdminStudio can be purchased from the InstallSite Shop at http://www.installsite.biz

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Symantec discontinues Wise Package Studio, replaces it with AdminStudio from Flexera Software

October 6th, 2011 by and tagged , , , , ,

According to various sources, Symantec Corp. yesterday announced the end of life of the Wise Package Studio product during their Symantec Vision conference in Barcelona. It will be replaced by a special edition of AdminStudio from Flexera Software, which used to be Wise Package Studio’s main competitor for many years. Only the Wise Script Editor will survive and will be integrated into “AdminStudio for Symantec”. As of this writing, there’s no official information on the web sites of Symantec or Flexera Software, but according to a post in a Symantec support forum, this is the end of life announcement:

Symantec has entered a partnership with Flexera Software, introducing a new solution, “AdminStudio for Symantec”, based on Flexera’s industry leading technology.

Flexera AdminStudio for Symantec includes integration with Symantec technologies and full support for all of the latest Windows operating systems and installation-related technologies, including the ability to capture both 32-bit and 64-bit applications. In addition, AdminStudio Virtualization Pack, an optional add-on pack, offers advanced packaging support for the application virtualization technologies from Microsoft (App-V), VMware (ThinApp) and Citrix (Xen App).

A Wise Package Studio 8.0 maintenance release is planned for late 2011 or early 2012. The release is expected to include critical bug fixes, and 64-bit support for the WiseScript Editor and SetupCapture tools. Flexera plans to add the enhanced WiseScript Editor to AdminStudio for Symantec and will continue to develop and support the tool going forward.

Therefore as of November 7, 2011, all versions of Wise Package Studio and the Wise Connector, including any Maintenance Packs and/or patches for each version, in all released languages will reach their End of Life (EOL).

Wise Solutions Inc. was acquired by Altiris Inc. in 2003, and four years later Altiris was acquired by Symantec Corp. In April 2010 Symantec announced the end of life for Wise Installation System, Package Studio’s sibling product for software developers.


AdminStudio can be purchased from the InstallSite Shop at http://www.installsite.biz/adminstudio.htm

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InstallShield 2012 released, End of Life for InstallShield 2009 announced, Upgrade Promotions available

August 24th, 2011 by and tagged , , ,

On August 23, 2011, Flexera Software released a new version of their setup authoring product, InstallShield 2012. It includes many improvements and several significant new features. Some of the new features are only available in the Premier edition, increasing the value of this highest tier, but not its price. In general, the pricing for all editions remains unchanged, and for a limited time you can get a 20% discount when upgrading from a previous version to InstallShield 2012 or when stepping up from Express or Professional to the Premier edition.

Upgrades from end-of-life versions

Even owners of very old versions, which are no longer supported and usually not eligible for upgrade pricing, can take advantage of this special offer and upgrade to the latest version. This promotion ends October 31, 2011.

IS2012aeroWhat’s new in InstallShield 2012

New and exclusive in InstallShield 2012 Premier

  • Suite installations: A new project type to bundle multiple setups (exe, msi, msp) in a single, unified install experience with a modern UI. You can also combine 32 bit and 64 bit setups in a single package.
  • Installation streaming: Only a small download is required before the end user sees the setup dialogs. The rest of the installations will be downloaded as needed.
  • Installation collaboration: This add-on to develop setups in a team has been improved and requires the Premier edition. 5 licenses are already included.

New and improved in InstallShield 2012 Professional and Premier

  • Improved 64 bit support: Dependency scanner, permissions for files, folders and registry keys, prerequisite for the 64 bit version of the Micrsosoft VSTO 2010 runtime.
  • Application tagging: Mark your applications with a virtual “bar code” (ISO 19770-2 software identification tag) so that software management solutions can identify them.
  • More functionality in merge module projects: IIS support, XML and text file changes.
  • Automation interface supports setting the required execution level for setup.exe to indicate whether administrator permissions are required.

Improvements in all editions of InstallShield 2012

  • New method for COM data extraction.
  • Additional prerequisites: Internet Explorer 9, SQL Server 2008 R2 Native Client, Windows Identity Foundation, Microsoft VSTO 2010 Runtime (x64), Microsoft Office 2010 PIA
  • Additional predefined system searches: Adobe Reader 10, Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft Office 2010, 2007 and 2003

End-of-Life announcement for InstallShield 2009

Flexera Software also announced the end of life for InstallShield version 2009. Owners of this version can upgrade to the latest version only until November 30, 2011, but I’d recommend upgrading before October 31 to take advantage of the 20% discount offer.


InstallShield can be purchased from the InstallSite Shop at http://www.installsite.biz/installshield.htm

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