Visual Patch Express Eases the Creation of Software Patches

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Visual Patch Express is a software development tool used by programmers and network adminstrators for making update patches to software products and data files.

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Using Visual Patch Express is a much better solution that simply deploying full installers to each workstation

Indigo Rose Software announces the immediate availability of Visual Patch Express. Visual Patch Express features the same DeltaMAX binary difference compression found in Indigo Rose's full Visual Patch product, but with a streamlined interface. This makes it a fast and easy way for software developers and IT departments to create compact and secure update patches for their software products. In fact, it's designed to make the creation of point-to-point version patches as easy as possible.

There's no scripting or programming involved - just a few wizard questions to answer. Select the folders containing your old version and your new release and click "build." Visual Patch Express will then inspect both versions to determine which files have changed and find the exact byte-level differences between them. The result is a compact and secure patch executable that works in any version of Windows from 95 to Vista.

The role of Visual Patch Express in the software deployment cycle is to get already-installed software up to date with current bug fixes and feature enhancements. "Using Visual Patch Express is a much better solution that simply deploying full installers to each workstation," says Colin Adams, President of Indigo Rose Software. "You're going to get a dramatic reduction in file size, which reduces bandwidth and results in considerable time savings. Equally important is the increase in security. Since patches can only be applied to software that is already installed, you can make them freely available on your public support website without compromising the integrity of your licensing model."

Other features include automatic data integrity checking with MD5 and CRC-32 checksums; customizable text for the welcome message, license agreement, completion notice and error messages; multiple methods of version detection including querying a registry key, parsing command line parameters and performing system searches; creation of administrative logs; and rollback protection to restore the original application files in the event of an error or user abort.

Visual Patch Express is available for $195 (US) per developer. It can be purchased through all major software development tool resellers, from the Indigo Rose web site at http://www.indigorose.com/visual-patch-express or by calling (800) 665-9668 in North America or (204) 946-0263 worldwide. A free trial version is available online.

About Indigo Rose Software Corporation

Indigo Rose provides software developers with tools to manage the complete software deployment life cycle. From multimedia autorun development with AutoPlay Media Studio to automated software installation, updating and patching solutions with Setup Factory, TrueUpdate and Visual Patch, Indigo Rose offers an array of integrated solutions. Privately held, Indigo Rose has been developing innovative software development tools since 1991 that are used by thousands of corporate, government and ISV developers around the world. Indigo Rose is headquartered in Winnipeg, Canada, and may be contacted at (204) 946-0263 or found on the Internet at http://www.indigorose.com.

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