InstallAware Studio Admin X9 v26.0.0.2019

InstallAware Studio Admin is the premier software installation solution for Windows Installer that provides you with true Windows Installer rapid development productivity.

Exclusive! Hybrid Installation Technology with InstantInstall Acceleration

Your setups are now faster, immune to corrupted Windows Installer stacks on target systems (which would cause your setups to fail through no fault of your own), and best of all, you get to switch between Native Code and Windows Installer setup engines at runtime, as often as you need! Choose the Native Engine and enjoy setups an order of magnitude faster with InstantInstall Acceleration.

New! InstallTailor MST Transform Creator

InstallAware Transformer InstallTailor MST Creator runs through the setup wizards of an MSI file, collecting any changes you make to built-in properties, directories, and features; then saving these (after you pick and edit the changes to include) in an MST transform file, together with an optional shortcut (.LNK) to install your MSI with your brand-new MST pre-applied!

New! MSIX Builder

InstallAware shipped the first MSIX Builder of the industry in 2018! An enterprising vendor, who shall remain unnamed, had a clever idea. They simply searched and replaced all APPX strings in their legacy tool with MSIX instead, including the output file extension, and advertised MSIX support, months before they were ready. With InstallAware, what you see is what you get – no trickery involved!

Exclusive! Windows Store Bridge

InstallAware effortlessly bridges Win32, Win64, and .NET apps to the Windows Store, creating a Universal Windows app from a customizable template and helping your end-users download your apps directly from the Windows Store.

New! Application Runtime Wizard

The Application Runtime Wizard is a point-and-click way to create new, reusable technology prerequisite installers for application frameworks in addition to those that ship built-in with InstallAware. Consume new runtimes you build from all your InstallAware IDE instances, and inside any setups you create.

New! Build Events

New Build Events fire before and after compiling your setup, then before and after compressing your setup, and finally before and after wrapping your setup inside a Group Policy MSI container – giving you all the interrupts needed to inject any type of custom logic into the InstallAware build process.

Exclusive! Automated Virtual Machine Unit Testing

InstallAware is the only installer featuring virtual machine testing for your setups in an automated, customizable fashion. Use InstallAware’s default unit test script, or customize and build your own. Test on multiple virtual machines simultaneously and see at a single glance failure and success on different guest operating systems.

Exclusive! Simplified Windows Installer Development

InstallAware’s powerful MSIcode simplifies setup development by transparently managing all of your Windows Installer conditions, installation sequences and parameters using a concise and human-readable setup language. Drop-in setup actions are configured using dialogs, without requiring programming skills. MSIcode builds a standard Windows Installer database package that fully supports advertising, install-on-demand, elevated privilege installation, and resiliency.

Exclusive! Hybrid App-V Builder
Instantly build any InstallAware setup project as an App-V Application Virtualization Package. There’s nothing new to learn! Embrace and extend App-V technology by packaging both 32 bit and 64 bit applications inside a single, merged App-V binary. Best of all, InstallAware’s App-V Builder costs only 1/5th of the competition – for a more capable product!.

Exclusive! App-V Viewer

InstallAware is the only installer to ship with a fully functionaly App-V Viewer. Inspect the files, registry keys, application entry points, virtual services, and even the environment variables contained inside any App-V binary – even those that weren’t built using InstallAware’s App-V Builder.

New! Digital Rights Management
InstallAware DRM protects any Win32, Win64, or .NET application – with zero changes to your existing source code! Use any number of expiration parameters in Try-and-Die mode.

Exclusive! Out-of-the-Box Windows 10 October 2018 Update Support

From displaying installation progress on the Windows Taskbar, to pinning them to the new Windows 10 Start Menu Live Tiles/Taskbar, InstallAware gives you the best exposure for your applications through smart use of the latest technology. Now with Visual Studio 2017, .NET Framework 4.7.2, and Windows 10 October 2018 Update eco-system integration.

Exclusive! Set up 64 Bit and 32 Bit Systems with the Same Installer

Detect and support x64 systems including AMD64, EM64T, and ARM64! Only InstallAware allows you to ship a single hybrid MSI for both your 32 bit and 64 bit customers.

Exclusive! Detect and Manage Setups on Virtual Machines

Now InstallAware can check your target system and detect whether the operating system is running on a virtual machine. A simple checkbox lets you limit distributions to physical machines.

Exclusive! Mirrored Code and Visual Development

InstallAware’s advanced development tools include wizards, templates, drag-and-drop editing, and refined task views—with the added benefit of immediate MSIcode generation. Start a project in seconds in with visual tools, then switch to the Code View to add branching logic, variables, and advanced configuration options. Unlike InstallShield’s isolated script and visual environments, when you modify settings in one view, the other view changes instantly.

Import .MSI and .MSM Files

Directly import MSI databases and Merge Modules created by other packaging applications, and edit them within InstallAware.

Exclusive! Acrylic Material with Fading/Sliding Wizard Transition Special Effects

InstallAware is the only installer that lets you build Microsoft Fluent Design System compliant installation wizards. InstallAware also ships with a built-in Acrylic Material setup theme so your setups look light years ahead of your competition! Now with fading/sliding wizard transition special effects, to the delight of your your app-savvy end-users.

Dialog Designer

InstallAware’s powerful dialog editor lets you customize the 18 pre-built setup themes, or design your own themes. A full range of visual controls are available, including Explorer-style browse functionality, and HTML/Flash containers.

Exclusive! One-Click Technology Preinstalls

Deploy technology modules and runtimes, such as Microsoft SQL Express 2014, from your setup in a single step. Any related preinstalls are added to your project automatically. Plus, the preinstall sequence branches by platform.

Exclusive! Customization without Complexity

InstallAware setups launch without having to install dependencies or script engines. Still, you can completely customize your setup even if you don’t have a computer science degree, or advanced Windows Installer knowledge.

Exclusive! 1-Click Patching

Select your old and new setups, click Build Patch, and InstallAware automatically generates a native MSP-file that is packaged using advanced compression.

Extend Setups with DLLs

Run any DLL as part of your setup, without requiring a particular function format or Windows Installer sequencing. MSIcode allows you to pass parameters from your setup to a DLL and integrate the return values.

Exclusive! Extend Setups with Plug-Ins

Build your own setup plug-ins that natively interact with InstallAware MSIcode. Use your favorite programming language to perform complex setup tasks, without being encumbered by MSI constraints or a foreign development environment.

Automation Interface

Programmatically create, modify, and compile setups. Available in a standard Win32 DLL that can be called from any Windows application, and as a COM object for use in ASP scripts on a web server.

Exclusive! Integrated Product Configuration Management

All the code necessary to build different configurations of your product is included in your project, plus compiler variables allow you to specify different output media, product names, compression settings, even different feature sets from the same source.

Reusable Scripts

Reference separate blocks of MSIcode using the Include Scripts command, which allows you to build a collection of setup functions that can be used in many different setup projects.

Enhanced! Automated Translations

Use InstallAware’s Localization Wizard to automatically translate your user interface and MSIcode script. Switch languages at compile time or runtime. Existing translations are preserved when making changes to your MSIcode and user interface.

New! SHA 256 Code Signing

Microsoft’s requirements for code signing for 2016 and beyond are complex. InstallAware has distilled the requirements to fully automate SHA 256 bit code signing, single or double, as determined by the operating system hosting the build platform, whether files are already signed, and the type of file being signed.

Exclusive! WebAware Installation™ Technology

Reduce download size by removing technology dependencies (such as the .NET Framework) or rarely used features from your main setup file. The main setup will download them seamlessly from the web as needed. Files required by the minimum configuration are included in the main package, which installs without a web connection. Interrupted downloads are automatically resumed after a brief pause, ensuring successful away-from-the-keyboard installations.

Exclusive! Superior 64-bit Compression

Reduce the size of your setups and download packages by up to 90% with the LZMA compression algorithm and BCJ2 compression pre-processors. Only InstallAware provides advanced compression for Windows Installer setups. Now with advanced 64-bit compression, you’ll save an astounding 30% extra, on top of the previous best available InstallAware rates – even beating Microsoft’s own pre-packaged runtime installers on size.

New! Industry’s Fastest Unicode Setup Capture with Stackable Filters

Use direct, driverless capture technology proprietary to InstallAware and eliminate the need for clean machine captures. Create and save multiple system snapshots and compare any arbitrary two – including those sourced from different hardware and underlying operating systems. Three new stackable filters help eliminate captured noise at varying degrees of aggression, and you may also create/stack your own filters.

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