For the Fastest and Most Reliable Software Migration to Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., August 21, 2002 — InstallShield® Software Corporation, the acknowledged leader in software-packaging and installation-deployment solutions, today announced the availability of AdminStudio 3.5, the fastest and most reliable solution for handling the tasks associated with preparing software for enterprise deployment to Windows 2000 and Windows XP systems. AdminStudio provides a Windows Installer-based solution for repackaging applications, direct conversion of legacy packages, customizing MSI packages, MSI validation, and application conflict solving.

AdminStudio 3.5 is now enhanced with the revolutionary InstallMonitor™ technology, eliminating the time-consuming snapshot process by directly monitoring and capturing software installations for repackaging into the Windows Installer format. Also added to this release is the ability to directly import WinINSTALL software packages for direct conversion, and integrated Marimba deployment.

“Organizations that are moving to Windows 2000 or Windows XP are experiencing significant cost-of-ownership benefits by using AdminStudio to migrate, configure, and standardize their software deployment packages,” said Viresh Bhatia, CEO, InstallShield Software Corporation. “Further benefiting IT service levels, AdminStudio also supplies an enterprise-scalable database solution for identifying and solving application conflicts. Simply put, AdminStudio provides the best way to modify vendor-supplied software packages for automated distribution.”

Fastest and Most Reliable Repackaging

The enhanced Repackager in version 3.5 allows zero-footprint software repackaging, which in addition to the improved exclusion options and precise COM object registration capabilities, provides the most accurate and reliable software repackaging solution available in the industry today.

State-of-the-Art Package Customization, Editing, and Validation

AdminStudio provides a full suite of capabilities for handling every step of the Windows Installer package conversion or modification process, and includes all the capabilities of InstallShield’s premier installation authoring solution — InstallShield Developer — within AdminStudio. However, AdminStudio’s special easy-to-use features, wizards, and integrated tools are specially designed to suit the needs of Systems Administrators. Plus, AdminStudio’s Developer module now enables greater control over MSIs for installing software within secured-user environments, allows system-searching to check for specific files or program applications, and now accepts standard InstallShield Developer product updates. Legacy software packages built using SMS, and ZENworks®, can be directly imported into AdminStudio for quick MSI validation and conversion. Plus, AdminStudio 3.5 now supports direct import and conversion of WinINSTALL projects.

Enterprise Scalable Application Conflict Solving

AdminStudio is available in both Standard and Professional editions. AdminStudio Professional customers gain the advantage of application conflict solving using the enterprise scalable ConflictSolver technology. Version 3.5 improves upon this industry-leading capability by enabling Application Grouping for more powerful and robust conflict detection, plus the operating system snapshot capability has been greatly enhanced for a faster baseline import when checking your Windows Installer-based applications for conflicts.

Integrated Distribution

Package Deployment is made easier through AdminStudioÂ’s many distribution options including: creating administrator installations, generating standard MSI files for use with any current software deployment solution, building Web-based distributions, creating Marimba channels, and much more.

Other version 3.5 enhancements include: enhanced conflict detection and resolution, workflow tool interoperability, simplified distribution support, task-based wizards for repackaging, importing setups, isolating applications, and 40+ other tasks, and much more.

AdminStudio Pricing and Availability (US)

AdminStudio is available immediately in two editions. AdminStudio 3.5 Professional (including ConflictSolver) is available for $2,899. Upgrades for existing owners of AdminStudio Professional are available for $999. AdminStudio 3.5 Standard is available for $1,399. Upgrades for existing owners of AdminStudio Standard are available for $599.

A subscription plan is available for $999 for the Professional Edition and $599 for the Standard Edition, providing customers with all product upgrades for a period of one year from date of purchase. The product can be evaluated and ordered from, or by calling (847) 466-4000 or (800) 374-4353. It also is available through a network of US and international authorized resellers and distributors worldwide. InstallShield offers comprehensive Professional Services including Windows 2000/Windows XP Application Migration, Consulting, and Training. For more information, visit

About InstallShield Software Corp.

InstallShield Software Corp. is the acknowledged leader in software-distribution and installation-deployment solutions. Founded in 1987, the privately held, global company is consistently recognized as the authority in software deployment technologies. InstallShield has received over 50 industry awards for its products. Ranked by Media Metrix, Inc. as the sixth-most-frequently-owned PC software, InstallShield powers deployment for the top 100 independent software vendors and more than 100,000 corporate and commercial software developers and digital content providers worldwide. InstallShield's key customers and strategic partners include Adobe, Computer Associates Intl., IBM, Microsoft, and Sun Microsystems. InstallShield is headquartered outside of Chicago in Schaumburg, Ill. For more information, visit

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