Top 10 Questions & Answers from InstallAnywhere 2014 What’s New Webinar

Thanks to all of you who were able to join us for our recent What’s New in InstallAnywhere 2014 webinar. Lots of great questions. Here are your top 10 questions and answers. And if you missed the webinar, you can view it any time, on-demand. Is this possible to manage silent installs with InstallAnywhere? Yes. Silent installation is supported on both Premier and Premier with Cloud Pack editions of InstallAnywhere. Does InstallAnywhere 2014 support minor upgrades or patches? Yes. InstallAnywhere 2014 supports only major upgrades are this time; the support for minor upgrades is on the radar for future releases….

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Making a Good Last Impression: Customizing Your Uninstaller

If your software product installs well, what do you hear from your customers? Crickets. But if it goes poorly, your customers will let you know, loud and clear. The same holds true for your uninstaller. So while your initial installation may be smooth and effortless, when it comes to uninstalling your product, if the uninstall is awkward, labor-intensive or unsuccessful, that can leave a bad impression. As a software provider, your reputation is at stake every time someone installs — and uninstalls — your product. Make your last impression as good as your first with a proven customized installer. Most…

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How to Build Your First Windows Installer Using the InstallShield Project Assistant

Time is precious, especially when deadlines are looming. With that in mind, Flexera Software has created a series of mini-demos that offer tutorials and extra insight into the most popular features in InstallShield—easily viewable during a short break. Maybe you just need a jump start on a new feature, or want to make sure you’re following best practices. Whichever the case, InstallShield mini-demo series will give you what you need, often in less than 10 minutes. So it’s sure to fit into your busy schedule. For a quick start or refresher, check out “How to Build a Windows Installer using…

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That Sinking Feeling and How to Avoid It: Fixing Design-Time Validation Errors

There’s nothing like getting a big head start on an installation project and then finding that you’ve missed or omitted something critical, and then have to backtrack to uncover what or where things went awry. Or worse yet, start all over again. To help you detect and resolve potential problems with your installation project—and avoid that sinking feeling when you realize that you will have to rework or start from scratch—you can perform several types of validation before you run the installation on a target system. “Fixing Design-Time Validation Errors” is an informative white paper that examines how InstallShield helps…

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InstallAnywhere 2014 Now Available

Flexera Software launched InstallAnywhere 2014 today. The latest version of the world’s leading multi-platform installation solution, InstallAnywhere 2014 includes new capabilities that simplify the creation and deployment of multi-tier Web/server applications for traditional, virtual and cloud infrastructures. This release covers the English language versions of InstallAnywhere Premier, InstallAnywhere Premier with Cloud Pack and InstallAnywhere Professional. Feature highlights of InstallAnywhere 2014 include: Simplify development and installation of upgrades with a new standard framework that automatically detects and removes prior versions of your application (Premier and Premier with Cloud Pack Editions). Simplify development of installations for multi-tier or Web/server applications by easily…

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Flexible Installation Critical to Agile Development

As agile development teams seek to deliver the right software to users early and often, installation can no longer take a back seat to features and bug fixes. Installation is becoming more integrated into agile development processes. Agile processes are characterized by multiple iterations and frequent delivery of working software to users, who provide rapid and almost continuous feedback on the scope and direction of the application. And with today’s complex cloud and virtual technology, installation development has to be accessible to the entire team because multiple developers contribute to the effort. The ability to create and manage a flexible…

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InstallShield in Action Video: How to Simplify Multi-Tier Installations

If you’re developing installations for complex server applications, this video can help. It walks through the process with InstallShield for packaging and deploying multi-tier applications. It shows a step-by-step demonstration of these key capabilities and more: The template for packaging multi-tier applications How to assign various packages to different tiers Options for server configuration specific to tiers, whether a single server or divided among servers Watch it today to make it easier to deploy your complex applications to a single setup.exe. What tips do you have for complex installations? InstallShield® is the world’s leading Windows installation development solution. InstallShield is…

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3 Top Tips: Building Installations for Today’s App-Savvy Users

As technology has become more sophisticated, so have users. Expectations run high for easy-to-use software. And where do they experience their first impression of software? When the installation begins! To exceed expectations, check out these three tips: Tip #1: Build Single Suite Installations Users want to install once. Create installers that bundle multiple products together into one unified installation. Tip #2: Shorten Download Wait Time Time expectations have shortened and users want downloads to start ASAP. Build installations with technology that reduces their wait time. Tip #3: Freshen Up How the Installation Looks Today’s users know what modern looks like…

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Software Update Postmortem: Bruises and Lessons Learned

“My software update was terrible.” Hopefully, no one has said this about your software update, but the reality is that many companies have been there. Since just about every software company in the world provides updates, good preparation is essential. Users expect a smooth, trouble-free experience beginning with the installation through usage of the software. Since the installation is where everything begins, do you have a strategy for creating an update-friendly Windows MSI installer? This white paper, Designing an Update Friendly MSI Installation, can help. It discusses how to design your original Windows Installer setup project to prepare it for…

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Microsoft App-V Changes Installation Development Landscape

Enterprises and government organizations want App-V for its time- and cost-saving benefits. However, standardizing on App-V requires time-consuming conversion of both legacy and newly purchased applications. To help customers gain the benefit and avoid the time, more and more software companies are making their applications available as an App-V package and a traditional MSI package. It’s a significant change for the development landscape. So what options exist to help software developers build an App-V package? A white paper, Microsoft App-V: What Software Installation Developers Should Know, answers this question and more, including: • What exactly is Microsoft App-V? • What’s…

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Did You Miss It?

No one likes missing an opportunity, especially one that helps you keep up with technology. But stuff happens … If you missed the What’s New in InstallShield 2014 webinar, all is not lost! You can watch it on-demand, 24×7 to see how the new release simplifies complex installations even further. The new capabilities covered include: Install Web Applications to Microsoft® Azure™ and Microsoft IIS using Microsoft Web Deploy – With 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…

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Go to the Movies: InstallShield and InstallAnywhere in Action

Sometimes, it’s just better in video. Whether you want a first look or a refresh on InstallShield and InstallAnywhere, check out the two new on-demand videos for a practical and detailed demonstration of both products. Each video offers a product overview and then dives into specific areas for cross-platform installers and Windows MSI installers. For InstallShield, topics include the project assistant, Microsoft App-V, the installation designer and more. For InstallAnywhere, segments cover the project wizard, advanced designer, installer UI and other key areas. Using the menu on the front screen, you can view the entire video or select only the…

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