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Meet new PACE Suite 4.4

We have just released the next version of our application packaging tool: PACE Suite 4.4. Apart from adding new features and making improvements, with this release, we want to make application packaging easier for everyone. You can read about our approach and get acquainted with the detailed descriptions of the new features in our blog post: https://pacesuite.com/blog/pace-suite-4-4/ 

Here are the highlights of what's new:
  • Support of Universal Windows Platform: you can now create UWP app packages (APPX) and repackage any installation to APPX.
  • New Installation Capturing Wizard: from properly configuring a packaging environment to building a package, it is a unique wizard that both professional packagers and novice users will love.
  • Completely redesigned Undo/Redo mechanism: experiment with your package and easily revert MSI database changes.
  •  A new level of working with MSI tables: visual and functional improvements of the Tables Tab in MSI Editor.


As usual, we look forward to hearing your feedback or feature suggestions.

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How to edit MSI packages: application packaging video guide (part two)

Our next video guide in our series of application packaging educational videos is ready. We continue to discuss how to edit MSI packages, and this time we cover management of upgrades, custom actions, features, and components - follow this link to watch the guide.
Here is the first part of this guide: How to edit an MSI package (files, registry, and shortcuts).

Previous episodes:
How to convert EXE to MSI (also available as a text guide)
How to create a response transform (MST)
How to create an MSI package from scratch (a basic approach)

If you want us to review a specific application packaging topic just request it in the comments.

PACE Suite is the fastest application packaging tool - learn more at https://pacesuite.com/
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How to edit MSI packages: application packaging video guide (part one)

We have just released the next video guide in our series of application packaging educational videos. This time we demonstrate how to edit MSI packages but as the topic is broad we divided the guide into two parts. Here is the first part: How to edit an MSI package (files, registry, and shortcuts). The second part of the guide will be out in August as well.

Previous episodes:
How to convert EXE to MSI (also available as a text guide)
How to create a response transform (MST)
How to create an MSI package from scratch (a basic approach)

If you want us to review a specific application packaging topic just request it in the comments.

PACE Suite is the fastest application packaging tool - learn more at https://pacesuite.com/

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UPDATE: The votes are here! | Vote for the new features to be added to PACE Suite application packaging tool!

The voting ended - learn more: http://pacesuite.com/blog/vote-for-new-features-results/

When developing PACE Suite, we always take feedback from our users into a serious consideration. Feature requests are the backbone of our product backlog. Today we want to take things even further.

We invite application packaging and virtualization professionals, as well as system administrators and IT managers to vote for the features that you believe must be added to the next PACE Suite release (planned for September 2017). The voting will take 2-3 minutes of your time - just follow this link to a simple Google Form. The voting is completely anonymous, and we do not collect your personal data.

Let's make PACE Suite even better together!

Learn more about current PACE Suite features: http://pacesuite.com/features/
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The launch of PACE Suite 4.3 – the fastest tool for creating MSI packages

We have just released PACE 4.3 and together with several new features, we made it the fastest tool to build MSI packages. In this blog post, we will provide a detailed overview of our internal tests.

Our packaging environment

Below you can find the detailed information about the packaging environment we used in our speed tests.

Virtual Box 5.1.18 r114002 virtual machine configuration:

  • Processor: 2 virtual x64-based CPUs
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Hard drive: SATA HDD 50 GB
  • Video memory: 128 MB
  • Guest OS: Windows 10 Enterprise 64-bit OS (10.0, Build 10586)

Physical machine configuration:

  • Processor: i5-3230M CPU @ 2.60GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Hard drive: SATA HDD 1 TB
  • Video memory: 1 GB
  • Host OS: Windows 10 Enterprise 64-bit OS (10.0, Build 10586)

We purposely used a relatively slow machine so that our tests could be closer to different packaging environments. We chose five installers of different sizes to build MSI packages (all trademarks and rights belong to their respective owners): Firefox, MiKTeX, Anaconda, AutoCAD, and Matlab.

Internal speed test results

Before sharing our results, we would like to emphasize that these internal tests were very dependent on our packaging environment, and the results may differ on other machines and with other packages. However, even with certain deviations, the speed of building MSI packages became truly remarkable. Here are the results of our internal tests:

Installer

MSI building time

Output package size

Number of

files

Number of registry entries

Matlab R2017a 9.2

2h 06m 34s

2.77 GB

147 524

594

AutoCAD 2018 3.1.0.175

1h 03m 02s

4.80 GB

16 776

18 078

Anaconda 4.3.1

32m 25s

1.29 GB

16 318

21

MiKTeX 2.9

6m 35s

0.29 GB

13 509

184

 

Previously, opening a large MSI in MSI Editor took a substantial amount of time. We have improved the Open MSI feature as well, so now you can open packages significantly faster:

Installer

MSI opening time using

PACE Suite 4.2

MSI opening time using

PACE Suite 4.3

Matlab R2017a 9.2

14m 41s

2m 17s

AutoCAD 2018 3.1.0.175

29s

24s

MiKTeX 2.9

4m 2s

14s

 

But wait, there is more!

Apart from making PACE Suite the fastest application packaging tool, the 4.3 release introduces several new features as well:

  • Export registry from the package to REG file;
  • Import .NET assemblies;
  • Import COM information from 64-bit files.


We invite you to download PACE Suite 4.3 free trial to test the new features and improved MSI Generator & MSI Editor by yourself: https://goo.gl/T5OssL


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