InstallShield: Features

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

See What's New in InstallShield 2013

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 desktop, server, Web, and mobile applications. InstallShield is the only software installer that can build Microsoft App-V virtual packages.

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 Suite Installation Bundles Premier Edition

Bundle multiple projects together into a single, unified suite installation. Install Server Roles and Features, advanced UI controls, and manage server configurations by installing roles and features or running PowerShell scripts. Includes template for multi-tiered applications.

Enhanced Microsoft® App-V™ Support Premier Edition

Virtualize applications with Microsoft App-V. Simultaneously build an App-V package as you build your traditional MSI project. Now supports Microsoft App-V 5.0.

ENHANCED Windows Validation Testing Premier and Professional Editions

Validate installations against the Windows Logo tests to ensure applications follow Windows 8 and Server 2012 best practices.

Software Identification Tagging Premier, Professional and Express Editions

Ceates ISO 19770-2 software identification tags as part of the installation development process to support customer compliance and license management discussions.

Application Virtualization Suitability Testing Premier Edition

Validates compatibility with leading virtual formats including Microsoft App-V, VMware®, ThinApp™ and Citrix XenApp™.

Windows Digital Signatures Premier, Professional and Express Editions

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

Multilingual Support Premier Edition

Present installation text in up to 35 languages for localizing installations. Create installations conditionalized to deliver different files, registry entries, and other resources for each supported language.

Develop Internationally Premier and Professional Editions

Unicode support in almost every view to improve multi-language installation development. InstallShield's development tools are available in both English and Japanese language editions.

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

Confidently deploy your applications to the latest Windows versions, including Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012. Professional and Premier editions can build pure 64-bit installations for Windows Server Core configurations where WoW64 may be disabled.

NEW Sideload Windows Store Apps Premier Edition

Bypass the Windows Store and create sideloading installations for Windows Store AppX packages. Bundle Windows Store apps alongside desktop applications into a single Suite/Advanced UI installation.

Deploy to Windows Azure SQL Databases Premier and Professional Editions

Support hybrid cloud environments by running SQL scripts and deploying databases directly to Windows Azure SQL.

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.

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.

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® 2013 Integration Premier, Professional and Express Editions

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

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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