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InstallShield: Features

How the World Builds App-V Packages and MSI Installers for Windows Applications

InstallShield® is the world's leading Windows installation development solution. InstallShield is designed to enable development teams to be more agile, collaborative and flexible when building reliable InstallScript and Windows Installer (MSI) installations for  PCs, servers, and Web applications. InstallShield is the only software installer that can directly convert MSIs to Microsoft App-V virtual packages.

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Windows Installer (MSI) Installations Premier, Professional and Express Editions

Quickly and easily create Windows Installer (MSI) installations with advanced support for SQL databases, IIS web sites, XML editing and much more with InstallShield's intuitive graphical development environment.

InstallScript Installations Premier and Professional Editions

Achieve maximum flexibility in your installations with InstallScript—a powerful and easy-to-use scripting language. Create script-based installations and Windows Installer Custom Actions.

ENHANCED Simplify Complex Installations with Suite/Advanced UI Projects Premier Edition

InstallShield’s Suite/Advanced UI projects now support installing Microsoft Web Deploy files to simplify the deployment of web applications. Suite/Advanced UI installations can bundle MSIs, EXEs, Microsoft Web Deploy files and more. They can be bundled with dependencies, server configuration tasks, database scripts, and all the required components of a complex multi-server application.

NEW Design DPI-Aware Installations Premier, Professional and Express Editions

All InstallShield project types are now DPI-aware, ensuring an optimized user experience when your customers install software on high-DPI devices.

Convert MSIs to Microsoft® App-V™ Premier Edition

Provide flexible installation options for your enterprise customers by creating both Microsoft App-V packages and Windows Installer MSI installations from the same build process. Improve your team’s ability to quickly test and troubleshoot customer issues by providing them with instant streaming access to virtualized instances of multiple product versions. *Requires Microsoft App-V

Application Virtualization Suitability Testing Premier Edition

Validate that your product is compatible with the leading application virtualization formats including Microsoft App-V, VMware®, ThinApp™ and Citrix XenApp™.

Windows Validation Testing Premier and Professional Editions

Validate installations against the Windows Logo tests to ensure applications follow Windows and Windows Server best practices.

Windows Digital Signatures Premier, Professional and Express Editions

Ensure the integrity of installations and support preferred User Account Control (UAC) behavior by digitally signing installations and their files.

ENHANCED Check for the Latest Setup Every Time an Installation is Run Premier and Professional Editions

Suite/Advanced UI installations can automatically check for the latest version of a setup any time the installation is run, including from the installation's maintenance mode, making it simpler for users to find, download, and install your latest product releases.

ENHANCED Upgrade Multi-instance Installations Premier and Professional Editions

Develop upgrades that can detect the presence of multiple instances of a product on target systems, and provide end-users with options to select the instance to upgrade. Now supports both major and minor upgrades.

Multilingual Support Premier Edition

InstallShield’s development tools are available in both English and Japanese language editions. Localize installations using InstallShield’s default run-time strings in 35 languages, and add your own strings for other languages. Add conditions to deliver different files, registry entries and other resources for each supported language.

ENHANCED Support for the Latest Windows Editions Premier, Professional and Express Editions

Confidently deploy your applications to the latest Windows versions, including Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2. Build pure 64-bit installations for Windows Server® Core configurations where WoW64 may be disabled.

NEW Install Web Applications to Microsoft® Azure™ and Microsoft IIS using Microsoft Web Deploy Premier Edition

With the new support for Microsoft Web Deploy, Suite/Advanced UI installations give your customers the flexibility to deploy web applications to their choice of infrastructure—local machines, remote servers in the data center or to Microsoft Azure in the cloud.

Deploy to Microsoft® Azure™ SQL Databases Premier and Professional Editions

Install databases to the cloud and support hybrid cloud scenarios by deploying database scripts directly to Microsoft Azure SQL databases.

Automation Interface Premier and Professional Editions

Support continuous integration practices and reduce manual editing by leveraging automation scripts to add files and features, change installation properties and settings, and initiate project builds.

NEW Provision Virtual Machines from the InstallShield IDE for Testing Installations Premier Edition

Reduce testing time and eliminate manual steps by automatically provisioning virtual machines; choose test image snapshots, power on virtual machines, and stage setups directly from the InstallShield IDE. Supports VMware® vSphere, VMware Workstation, and Microsoft Hyper-V®.

Microsoft Team Foundation Server Integration Premier, Professional and Express Editions

Compile, build and manage InstallShield projects on TFS build servers. Use Team Explorer to configure, schedule, and queue builds for InstallShield projects together with Visual Studio solution builds.

Microsoft® Visual Studio® Integration Premier, Professional and Express Editions

Create installations directly from the same Visual Studio interface used for other development projects.

ENHANCED Additional Time Saving Features Premier, Professional and Express Editions

Automatically extract COM information, leverage InstallShield’s extensive library of redistributables, and seamlessly upgrade projects from any previous version of InstallShield.

InstallShield Standalone Build Premier Edition (includes 5 licenses) and Professional (includes 1 license)

Support continuous integration practices by building InstallShield projects on a separate clean build system

InstallShield Collaboration Premier Edition (includes 5 licenses)

Integrate installation development into agile development processes by creating a distributed collaborative team. Enable developers, technical writers and other contributors to create and manage their own sections of the installation.

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  • Optimize software spend
  • Ensure software license compliance
  • Setup an enterprise app store
  • Assess application compatibility
  • Package applications for deployment
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