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Windows Software Installation Development

New Webinar: What’s New in InstallShield 2015

In case you missed it, a new webinar, What’s New in InstallShield 2015, is available for download. It’s a practical, hands-on look at this robust release. InstallShield keeps you current with the latest Microsoft updates and responds to many enhancement requests. Highlights include: • Ready for Windows 10 • Integration with Visual Studio 2015 • Security-ready for the latest Microsoft certificates (SHA-256) • Time-saving automation scripts • Easier design of contemporary installations Stay current, get ready and download this new webinar today. Read answers to the top questions generated from the webinar in this blog post. And to learn more...

Top Questions and Answers from InstallShield 2015 What’s New Webinar

Questions from the recent What's New in InstallShield 2015 webinar reflected the upcoming Microsoft updates to Windows 10, Visual Studio 2015 and the new SHA-256 certificate requirements. Here, we're presenting the top webinar questions and answers as well as sharing resource links to help you stay seamlessly productive when you use InstallShield 2015. When will InstallShield for Visual Studio 2015 will become available? InstallShield 2015 Limited Edition for Visual Studio will be available shortly after Microsoft's release of Visual Studio 2015. I am currently using an evaluation version of InstallShield 2015 Professional Edition. I see a CA type regarding a...

Flexera Software Customer Community

Flexera Software provides a wide variety of resources for customers to engage other customers, access product resources such as documentation and a Knowledge Base, engage technical support, download licensed products and submit product enhancement suggestions. All of these resources and more are available in the Flexera Software Customer Community. Watch this short video to learn more.

Announcing InstallShield 2015: Ready for Windows 10, Visual Studio 2015 and More

InstallShield 2015 has arrived and it’s ready for the latest Microsoft updates. Plus, you asked and we listened. The release includes many enhancements InstallShield users requested. Highlights include: • Ready for Windows 10— Confidently build installations that support the latest Windows releases, including Windows 10 Insider Preview, Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 • Integrate with Visual Studio 2015 Preview—Enables InstallShield to add project output groups and integrate into source control and build processes • Support of Latest Microsoft Certificate Requirements— Be prepared for Microsoft's new signature requirements with support for SHA-256 certificates and digests • Time Saving Automation...

InstallShield Says: It’s a Major Upgrade

InstallShield defaults speed up installation development, but those defaults sometimes need to change to help out customers. One example is letting customers know about a major upgrade. In the default InstallWelcome dialog box, a major upgrade looks identical to a first-time installation. To change that default, you can add a text control to the InstallWelcome dialog box and conditionally display the control only if the FindRelatedProducts action places any old product codes in the action property. Because the FindRelatedProducts action runs before InstallWelcome is displayed, you can safely use the action property from the Upgrade table in conditions. Read the...

Delivering Winning Installations – Real Company Stories

Whether you're looking for ways to improve building installations or trying to make a business case for using an installation tool, these "true tales" of installation offer great ideas and showcase true results. Learn how Websense uses InstallAnywhere to build a single installation project that works for every platform they target Explore how Clearion Software saved time and increased reliability by standardizing on one installation platform using InstallShield Download these case studies today to discover how to turn your challenges into a success story. InstallShield® is the world's leading Windows installation development solution. InstallShield is designed to enable development teams...

Building a Business Case for InstallShield? Use This

Whenever you make a case for purchasing software, the question of ROI or payback often comes up. That will include things like hours saved, fewer errors, and more. In addition to specifics about your company, it can often be helpful to have outside research to reference. We asked an independent research company, TechValidate, to check in with InstallShield customers on payback time. For almost 50%, the payback time was within a year. The chart below offers a deeper look and specific statistics. InstallShield® is the world's leading Windows installation development solution. InstallShield is designed to enable development teams to be...

Avoid MSI Property Values Surprises

It can be a surprising behavior of Windows Installer: The values of MSI properties set during installation do not always remain available during maintenance mode or uninstallation. At run time, Windows Installer passes only the values of public properties (those with all-uppercase names) from the User Interface sequence to the Execute sequence. When an installation is complete, property values are generally lost. In this Tips and Tricks article, you’ll discover how to save MSI property values so they are available after the initial installation. The article discusses: • Property basics and common practices • Properties automatically saved after installation •...

Get Ready for Windows 10 – Meet Flexera Software at Microsoft Ignite

Stop by and visit us at Microsoft Ignite! We want to hear your application and installation challenges. Find us at Booth #102 at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. With Microsoft Ignite just a few days away, now is the time to start plan...

Just a Reminder…Webinars about New Installation Features

If time has slipped by and you haven’t looked at the webinars for InstallShield 2014 or InstallAnywhere 2014, here’s a reminder to catch up on the latest features that you might have missed. InstallShield 2014 What's New Webinar Installing web applications to Microsoft Azure and Microsoft IIS using Microsoft Web Deploy Designing DPE-aware installations for an optimized user experience Checking for the latest set up every time an installation is run, including from maintenance mode Developing upgrades that can detect the presence of multiple instances of a product Provisioning virtual machines from the InstallShield IDE for testing, including choosing test...

InstallShield Tip: How to Modify the File-Transfer Behavior for MSIs

InstallShield offers different techniques for modifying the default Windows Installer (MSI) file-transfer behavior for installation and uninstallation. Each technique meets a different need and can be adapted depending on requirements. The techniques include: Using the Never Overwrite component setting Changing the REINSTALLMODE property Specifying companion-file relationships Using the Permanent component setting Using the RemoveFile table to delete files created by your application For example, you can modify the Never Overwrite setting in the Components view or the Setup Design view of the InstallShield environment. If you set the Never Overwrite component property to Yes, Windows Installer will skip installing the...

Do your installations get “likes”?

As we talk to software developers and product managers around the world, the importance of a good customer installation experience remains a hot topic of conversation. Getting that customer “like” is not easy as technology continues to change. Teams are trying to figure out: How do we make applications easier to consume? We have more products. What's available to create one installation for multiple products to avoid multiple installations for our users? Download speed is becoming more challenging. How can we start the installation faster? Building software installations takes time ... time that we can use to build new features....

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