ActiSetup: Your Windows 7 Install Solution
With ActiSetup 4.5, you can create Windows Installer (MSI) packages quickly, in as little as five minutes.
ActiSetup's user-friendly environment allows you to create installations, merge modules, and
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Use the new single-file distribution feature to package your software
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Windows Installer Support
Windows Installer (MSI) is an engine that can perform
complex software installations. Currently, a growing number of applications use
Windows Installer as their installation engine. Not only is Windows Installer
the Microsoft-endorsed method of performing installations on Windows operating
systems, but also Windows Installer is highly flexible in its core design,
allowing for very complex installations. Most new programs now use Windows
Installer for installation.
Windows Installer works by reading MSI files and performing the
actions configured inside these files. ActiSetup provides a way to
create these MSI files easily, without you having to know
the file format. Windows Installer supports several basic types of
installation packages, including installations, merge
modules, patches, and transforms.
Each of these has its own special purpose. ActiSetup allows you to easily
author, using the same interface, all of these installation types.
Multiple Build Configurations
Multiple build configurations provide a way to customize the way your
installation is built and specify what will be included with your MSI file. You
can have more than one build configuration, each one suited for a specific
purpose or release type. For example, you can make a build configuration for
your English, CD-ROM release and another build configuration for your French,
Web (Self-Extractor) release.
ActiSetup includes several predefined build configurations, designed for
different distribution media: CD-ROM, Network,
and Web Installer. The CD-ROM configuration automatically
separates your installation files into multiple disks if they exceed the CD-ROM
size limit. You can also easily create single-file installers,
ideal for distribution on the web. Finally, ActiSetup also allows you to
configure a custom build configuration, so you are not restricted to the
Updater & Bootstrapper
Dacris Updater, included with ActiSetup, is a program that allows you to
search for and provide updates for your products. It provides all the logic
necessary to determine which updates of a given set are needed for a given
product. The updater also comes with a Software Development Kit (SDK) to allow
you to use it in your own applications.
The smart Setup.exe bootstrapper included with ActiSetup is a setup
launcher application that can install additional prerequisite components
before it begins the actual installation. The bootstrapper is very easy to
configure and has a very user-friendly interface. The bootstrapper can make the
installation of components, such as Microsoft .NET, painless to the end-user.