Setup Development | Caphyon | 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 can also build standard, native bundles to install your Java programs on Mac OS X. The Architect edition also includes a repackager and supports Microsoft App-V, VMware ThinApp and SCCM.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From silent (unattended) installation, to adding dialogs and changing the theme, customizing the Installer UI is trivial.
Advanced Installer is available in five editions, starting with the Freeware community edition and offering a 30-day trial period for the other editions.
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.
You can also order Extensions together with your initial purchase using the Maintenance Years License Bundle drop down list on the maintenance page.
Ordering (external website)
Per user licenses: a separate license is required for ech developer (see below for floating license options)
|Advanced Installer Architect|
|Advanced Installer Architect (includes 12 months maintenance)|
|Maintenance Extension for Advanced Installer Architect, also for new licenses|
|Maintenance Renewal for expired maintenance plan for Advanced Installer Architect|
|Upgrade from Enterprise Edition to Architect Edition|
|Upgrade from Professional Edition to Architect Edition|
|Advanced Installer Enterprise|
|Advanced Installer Enterprise (includes 12 months maintenance)|
|Maintenance Extension for Advanced Installer Enterprise, also for new licenses|
|Maintenance Renewal for expired maintenance plan for Advanced Installer Enterprise|
|Upgrade from Professional Edition to Enterprise Edition|
|Advanced Installer Professional|
|Advanced Installer Professional (includes 12 months maintenance)|
|Maintenance Extension for Advanced Installer Professional, also for new licenses|
|Maintenance Renewal 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 (includes 12 months maintenance)|
|Maintenance Extension for Advanced Installer Architect Floating|
|Maintenance Renewal for 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 (includes 12 months maintenance)|
|Maintenance Extension for Advanced Installer Enterprise Floating|
|Maintenance Renewal for expired maintenance plan for Advanced Installer Enterprise Floating|
|Upgrade from Enterprise Per-User to Enterprise Floating|