Advanced Installer is a professional product developed by Microsoft Corporation to simplify the process of software development and maintenance. Initially, it was launched with the name of Microsoft Installer in 1999 but was modified later to depict its diversity. It is generally used by professional software developers and organizations to prepare installation packages of advanced applications so they can be deployed quickly on systems of customers. The process is made simpler with its GUI that contains many options to guide the user with wizards. It is a fast tool that can be installed easily on Windows PCs.
Advanced Installer comes equipped with various built-in models that can be chosen by targeted software. Specialized models are available for Microsoft Visual Studio, .NET, Visual Basic, XNA Game, Desktop Bridge Package, ASP.NET, SharePoint, RAD Studio and Real Studio applications. You can create new Java projects or import existing ones from Eclipse or IntelliJ IDEA Workspaces. Extensions, Plug-Ins or Add-Ins can be added to increase compatibility with other software. You can merge multiple MSM modules, import setup projects, convert them to suitable formats and edit virtual packages. After all the required options are chosen carefully, you can create a new plan with selected settings.
Requirements & Resources:
Conditions and resources are necessary components in a product without which an application cannot run. Under Resource section, the developers can access every part that was utilized in software development process. These resources can be files, folders, Java products, Registry tools, enabled file associations, added assemblies, device drivers or services. With the help of requirement section, you can specify prerequisites and launch conditions that must be fulfilled before installation of the package. Package Definition section can be accessed by choosing installation parameters, software builds and analytic tools.
A lot of data and resources are consumed in the making of a product, and you can access all these details by entering required keywords in a quick filter. You can easily edit product details, enable digital signatures for copyrights, enable automatic updates, manage to upgrade of product versions, secure licensing, create CD/DVD auto-run launcher and generate multiple instances of the app.
The interface and operations of Advanced Installer can be fully modified. You can choose theme and color scheme for software and wizard screens. Characteristics of Dialog bars for alerts or warnings can be adjusted too. The language of the tool can be chosen from many known words. Furthermore, you can create Environment variables, schedule tasks, change Firewall options, manage user groups and register COM modules. If databases or servers are needed in the project, then IIS, SQL database, ODBC, SharePoint and Microsoft Silverlight services can be configured.
Advanced Installer is an efficient Windows application that assists in creating installation packages for a variety of software products. These installation packages are in MSI format and can be installed easily on users’ systems. It contains many useful tools and options packed in a straightforward interface. It is an API that provides the interface between the operating system and deployed the application. It is a reliable tool that can be customized according to user requirements.