San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) March 1, 2005 -
Â InstallAware Software Corporation has released InstallAware 2005 for Windows Installer; software for ISVs and systems administrators building, deploying, and repackaging installations targeting a diverse range of environments including Microsoft Windows, The .NET Framework, Internet Information Services, Microsoft SQL Server, My SQL, and Oracle Databases.
InstallAware 2005 provides two views into a setup project. The Visual view represents the project visually, and allows for rapid setup development. The Code view offers unrestricted access to the installation script that is the heart of the installation. Both views are always kept in sync, such that changes made in one view will always be visible in another. When the setup is built, the setup project is automatically converted into a MSI database - no knowledge of Windows Installer, or its complicated database tables, is required at any point during the authoring process. ÂInstallAware even extends Windows Installer to permit branching code flow in the setup routine,Â says Sinan Karaca, President of InstallAware Software Corporation. ÂWindows Installer by design does not support branching code flow, but weÂve embraced and extended the technology to make this possible. Even better, InstallAware does not require or install any scripting runtime on target systems Â the Windows Installer setups generated by InstallAware are pure MSI,Â adds Karaca.
InstallAware 2005 adds support for leading SQL server platforms, including Oracle, My SQL, and MS SQL database servers. WhatÂs more, InstallAware installations do not require any client software on target systems for SQL connectivity Â each connection is directly made over TCP/IP. This provides unprecedented flexibility in resolving connectivity issues to SQL servers. InstallAware installations now also support configuring Internet Information Services for creating new websites and virtual folders, and installing .NET assemblies with native code generation. Other functionality new to this release includes setting permissions on Access Control Lists, creating shares, and One-Click Patching. One-Click Patching, a feature unique to InstallAware, makes creating differential binary patches as easy as showing previous versions of an applicationÂs setup files and clicking the ÂBuild PatchÂ button. No other steps are involved, as InstallAware does all the dirty work of resolving conflicts between product versions.
InstallAware 2005 continues to provide unmatched support for web deployment. Web Media Blocks Technology allows splitting an installation into different segments that either go inside the main installation file, or are put into online files to be downloaded on-the-fly while installing. The net result is a self contained installer with the fat trimmed off Â application runtimes and rarely used features are placed online, and yet the downloaded setup is fully functional, without requiring an Internet connection to run.
Moreover, the LZMA compression algorithm employed in InstallAware works miracles in compressing files, in tandem with BCJ2 converters that pre-process data to increase compressibility. For instance, the entire .NET runtime shrinks to only 11MB with LZMA/BCJ2, instead of the usual 23MB.
InstallAware 2005 also introduces a new applet, PackageAware, which works by scanning the system before and after a setup is run, and produces a ready-to-use installation script that encapsulates the delta between the two scans. PackageAware provides the ideal means for converting legacy installers to Windows Installer technology, while also maintaining an intuitive, script-based setup authoring approach.
InstallAware 2005 is available in four editions, with prices starting at US$99. A time limited trial and more information is available at the product website at http://www.installaware.com/.
About InstallAware Software Corporation:
InstallAware Software Corporation was founded by a former InstallShield employee in 2003. The company focuses on software installation technologies for the Windows Installer platform and strives to bring a fresh approach to the setup development process. The privately held company has received numerous seed investments from venture capital firms and is a Borland Technology Partner.