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Advanced Installer

Advanced Installer

Advanced Installer 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. Advanced Installer (Java Edition and above) can also build standard, native bundles to install your Java programs on Mac OS X. The Architect edition also supports Microsoft App-V.

Advanced Installer makes MSI creation a snap

Advanced Installer simplifies the process of building Windows Installer packages by providing a very easy to use, high level interface to the underlying technology. The program implements all the Windows Installer rules and follows all the advised best practices.

With this simple, intuitive interface, building a Windows Installer package will take just a few minutes. Start the program, add a few files, change the name, hit the Build button and you are done. No scripts to learn, no seminars to attend.

Advanced Installer integrates in automated build tools

The Advanced Installer project files are stored in XML format. This way, they can be easily checked into a version control system. The software installer also operates at command line, so you can build your release packages in a completely automated script, like Make, Ant or NAnt.

Furthermore, the most common operations are also implemented as command line actions, so you can modify your project in an automated fashion.

Install and register the resources composing your application

Using Advanced Installer's intuitive interface you can easily add to your install package all the resources your software requires:

If you have merge modules for your components, they can be also added to the installation. Next you can register these resources as necessary:

If a previous version of your product is found already installed on the target computer, Advanced Installer can upgrade it and ensure that older versions will not be installed over newer ones.

Search, download and install Prerequisites

If your application needs some other software to be installed in order to run, you can easily specify them as Prerequisites. Advanced Installer will search for them, then download and install as necessary. This is an easy way to install frameworks like JRE or .NET, browsers or database engines.

Searching for applications, files, folders, registry keys and INI entries is also provided. Using this, installing additional files, extensions and plug-ins to existing applications becomes trivial.

Organize your application in modules and components

Advanced Installer will organize your application in Features and Components as per Windows Installer guidelines. This way you can take advantage of advanced software installer features like partial install and repair without having to do anything.

Further customizing the organization is easy and intuitive.

Secure and choose your package's presentations

Advanced Installer can leave your software's files unpacked, compress them into CAB files (split in multiple volumes as needed), insert them into the MSI file and add a EXE bootstrapper for backwards compatibility.

Digitally signing the generated files will ensure that your customers will never have to question the provenience of your software, and the user registration with serial code validation hooks will ensure that only legitimate users get to install your software.

Extend the installation process with Custom Actions

Packed as native EXEs, DLLs or script files written in C, C++, VBS or JS, Custom Actions give you the full power to add anything you want, anywhere you want to your software installer.

Customize the installation User Interface

From silent (unattended) installation, to adding dialogs and changing the theme, customizing the Installer UI is trivial.

Advanced Installer Features and Editions

Advanced Installer is available in five editions, starting with the Freeware community edition and offering a 30-day trial period for the other editions.

Maintenance Plans

Advanced Installer Maintenance Plans give you access to free application updates (both major and minor) and technical support from the manufacturer. When upgrading to a higher license, your remaining Maintenance Plan will be automatically upgraded, completely free of charge. Extensions can only be ordered before your existing Maintenance Plan expires. After expiration, the Maintenance Plan can however be renewed anytime. The renewed Maintenance Plan starts on purchase day.

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Per user licenses: a separate license is required for ech developer (see below for floating license options)

Advanced Installer Architect
Advanced Installer Architect with 6 months maintenance
Advanced Installer Architect Plus with 30 months maintenance
12 months maintenance extension for Advanced Installer Architect
24 months maintenance extension for Advanced Installer Architect
Maintenance Renewal (12 months) of expired maintenance plan for Advanced Installer Architect
Upgrade from Enterprise Edition to Architect Edition
Upgrade from Java Edition to Architect Edition
Upgrade from Professional Edition to Architect Edition
Advanced Installer Enterprise
Advanced Installer Enterprise with 6 months maintenance
Advanced Installer Enterprise Plus with 30 months maintenance
12 months maintenance extension for Advanced Installer Enterprise
24 months maintenance extension for Advanced Installer Enterprise
Maintenance Renewal (12 months) of expired maintenance plan for Advanced Installer Enterprise
Upgrade from Java Edition to Enterprise Edition
Upgrade from Professional Edition to Enterprise Edition
Advanced Installer for Java
Advanced Installer for Java with 6 months maintenance
Advanced Installer for Java Plus with 30 months maintenance
12 months maintenance extension for Advanced Installer for Java
24 months maintenance extension for Advanced Installer for Java
Maintenance Renewal (12 months) of expired maintenance plan for Advanced Installer for Java
Upgrade from Professional Edition to Java Edition
Advanced Installer Professional
Advanced Installer Professional with 6 months maintenance
Advanced Installer Professional Plus with 30 months maintenance
12 months maintenance extension for Advanced Installer Professional
24 months maintenance extension for Advanced Installer Professional
Maintenance Renewal (12 months) of expired maintenance plan for Advanced Installer Professional

Floating licenses: a license can be used by multiple developers, but only by one at a time (you need one floating license for each developer using the product concurrently)

Advanced Installer Architect Floating License
Advanced Installer Architect Floating with 6 months maintenance
12 months maintenance extension for Advanced Installer Architect Floating
Maintenance Renewal (12 months) of expired maintenance plan for Advanced Installer Architect Floating
Upgrade from Architect Per-User to Architect Floating
Upgrade from Enterprise Floating to Architect Floating
Advanced Installer Enterprise Floating License
Advanced Installer Enterprise Floating with 6 months maintenance
12 months maintenance extension for Advanced Installer Enterprise Floating
Maintenance Renewal (12 months) of expired maintenance plan for Advanced Installer Enterprise Floating
Upgrade from Enterprise Per-User to Enterprise Floating