InstallAware Software, founded in 2003, is a software development company focused solely on state of the art software installation tools which offer the highest compression ratios and bullet-proof installations. The company produces software installation and compression technologies for the Windows Installer (MSI) platform on the Microsoft Windows Operating System. InstallAware is supported by thousands of users worldwide, and is an Embarcadero Integrated Partner. For more information, visit http://www.installaware.com.
InstallAware 11 is the leading setup authoring tool for ISVs and enterprises deploying products, patches, and web updates. For the first time, InstallAware 11 is available in a free edition that integrates with Visual Studio — creating setups in a single click, automatically scanning Visual Studio solution files and dependencies. InstallAware 11 also offers one-click upgrade wizards from leading software installation technology vendors, including InstallShield and Wise.
“Just like Intel, we have adopted a tick-tock development model to drive our innovation,” says Royi Sher, Director of Marketing and Sales at InstallAware. “InstallAware 10 was our technology release, bringing to market our new Native Code Setup Engine, a faster and reliable alternative to Windows Installer. This was the tick. InstallAware 11 is our customer driven release, implementing virtually every customer request we have received to date. This is the tock. In this way, release after release, InstallAware continues to drive technology innovation in the installer industry, reliably and predictably.”
“2011 is turning out to be a great year for InstallAware,” adds Sinan Karaca, Founder of InstallAware. “InstallAware was at TechEd for the first time this year, which was a great experience for us and our customers. Hot on the heels of TechEd, we are shipping InstallAware 11 — our best release to date, and with a free edition for the first time — bringing InstallAware to the masses!”
InstallAware 11 implements many new setup commands, both at the setup script level and the visual designer level. Unlike ageing tools like InstallShield, InstallAware’s setup script and visual designers are not disjoint entities. The visual designers are simply a graphical representation of the human readable, syntax-free, conditionally flowing setup script called MSIcode. InstallAware is easy because setups may be rapidly prototyped with the visual designers, which emit the necessary MSIcode in the background. And InstallAware is scalable and powerful because, at any time during this process, the developer may drop-down to the MSIcode script, adding custom business logic or other runtime branching logic; around the MSIcode that was just visually created.
This round-tripping process, combined with InstallAware’s unsurpassed runtime decision-making capabilities, translates into real-world savings of cost and time. For instance, Embarcadero switched to InstallAware from InstallShield for their renowned Delphi/C++ Builder product line; because it helped them consolidate the 40+ installers they had to build with InstallShield into just one — made possible with InstallAware’s unique MSIcode technology. For details of this success story, please read the Case Study at http://www.installaware.com/CodeGearCaseStudy2009.pdf.
InstallAware 11 remains unmatched in its breadth of platform support. The same setup binary can install applications on all modern versions of Windows, starting from the very first release of Windows 95, going all the way to the latest 64 bit version of Windows Server 2008 R2. The same setup binary can install applications in both 32 bit modes and 64 bit modes, even simultaneously, as controlled with the runtime branching logic contained inside the MSIcode script. Installations which leverage platform-specific features, such as pinning shortcuts to the new Windows 7 Taskbar, or InstallAware’s exclusive Aero Wizard user interfaces, gracefully scale down when running on older operating systems; guaranteeing successful setups.
InstallAware is available in multiple editions, including a new free edition. Free downloads are available at http://www.installaware.com. Significant competitive upgrade discounts are available for both InstallShield and Wise customers at http://www.installaware.com/buydirect.asp – accessible immediately when an old InstallShield or Wise serial is provided on the page.