Caphyon LLC is pleased to announce the release of Advanced Installer Professional 4.8, a Windows Installer authoring tool which enables developers and system administrators to easily build reliable MSI packages. Advanced Installer runs on Windows 2000/XP, and the install packages it creates run on all Microsoft Windows 9x/ME/NT/2k/XP operating systems.
Windows Installer is a powerful, but very complex technology. Mastering it on your own takes months of hard work. That's where Advanced Installer comes to help. It creates a high level abstraction on top of the underlying technology. With a clean, simple user interface, each operation is logical and intuitive. Everything is done in the user interface, without complicated scripts to learn or arcane database tables to edit.
Advanced Installer is built on standard, open formats. The project files are saved as XML files for easy integration with source control systems. Advanced Installer is FREE for the simplest, most common usages. It also offers three additional licensing levels for more sophysticated needs: Professional, For Java and Enterprise.
What's new in Advanced Installer 4.8
The 4.8 version delivers full CD/DVD Autorun support, complete with a Vista-compliant Autorun launcher. Other Windows Vista installer improvements are Default Programs support, digitally signing patches and enabling least-privileged patching without UAC prompts.
JAR files can now be packed using Pack200. Coupled with the advanced LZMA compression, this method can reduce the size of compressed code archives to as low as 20% of the original size. The Java launcher gains the ability to use the Java 6 native splash screen API, if available. Searching for prerequisites is greatly improved with with the ability to specify multiple criteria concerning file versions, product versions, registry keys or values and even searching with a custom executable.
- CD/DVD Autorun support
- Support for digitally signing patches
- Enabling least-privileged user account patching without UAC prompt on Vista
- Windows Vista Default Programs support
- For Java: support for Pack200 compression yielding over 80% JAR file size reduction
- For Java: support for Java 6 native splash screen
- Additional prerequisite search options
- Added support for displaying PatchWiz v4.0 log in build log