hi all,

we need to buy a new licence for WPS and i saw this new advanced installer. do you recommand this, since WPS is discontinued?

i've dl it, tried it, and it does seem like a good product.

i want the opinion of the pro here before making a decision.

thanks!
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Since when has WPS been discontinued? They just released v8.0.
Answered 11/30/2009 by: michaelnowell
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hmmm...

i asked the asset manager for a quote for WFWI and he told me that;

Wise for Windows Installer was discontinued a couple of years ago.

anyway, would someone recommand advanced installer? is it as good as wise, better or worse?

thanks!
Answered 12/01/2009 by: kardock
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So.....ask for a current product, e.g. 'Wise Package Studio', 'Wise Installation Studio' or 'Wise Installation Express.. When all else fails, get the product name from the web site.
Answered 12/01/2009 by: VBScab
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yes you're right of course, it's WPS alright.

so, no one has an opinion on advanced installer, the software?

thanks!
Answered 12/01/2009 by: kardock
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We use Wise Installation Studio and I've been reading some pretty bad things about its future. I contacted sales/support and here is their response to my inquiry...

We do still have updates coming for Wise Installation Studio, we are expecting one by the end of the year which will be a release to make it Windows 7 compatible along with many other compatibility functions. We don’t expect the Wise Installation Studio to go way anytime soon and will continue to release updates as needed.

I know its not the same product, but maybe they are continuing development on that as well.

I sure hope this information is true!
Answered 12/01/2009 by: Superfreak3
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guys, you understand that i'm refering to the application called "advanced installer", right?

i'm evaluating it but i've hit a wall. i'm not able to open an existing msi with it. i can create new ones only.

this is a show stopper, so i believe i'll forget about this. i've posted on AI forum about this but no reply yet.

thanks!
Answered 12/01/2009 by: kardock
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We understand perfectly and are telling you to use either Wise, or if you want updates every year and not every 5 years then Installshield! Never heard of or used an application called "advanced installer" but if their having to use a name like that it suggests that the application is naff, installshield dont call themselves "perfect msi" also if you have hit a wall that suggests the product is bad anyway so move onto a more widely used product :p

Nothing is free in life except air but even then you can buy it :)

P
Answered 12/02/2009 by: Inabus
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I've not used the advanced installer but I had a look at their site.

You can find a lot of information at: http://www.advancedinstaller.com/user-guide/tutorials-qa.html
I'm not sure but it seems that you cannot update a non-advancedinstaller created msi within their product except if you import the msi to create a advanced installer "based" MSI. http://www.advancedinstaller.com/user-guide/tutorial-import-msi.html
This sounds very stupid if that's true, you get what you pay for?

Cheers!
Answered 12/02/2009 by: AngelD
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ORIGINAL: kardock

guys, you understand that i'm refering to the application called "advanced installer", right?

i'm evaluating it but i've hit a wall. i'm not able to open an existing msi with it. i can create new ones only.

this is a show stopper, so i believe i'll forget about this. i've posted on AI forum about this but no reply yet.

thanks!


I saw your cross post in the Advanced Installer forum where you showed the error message. There seem to be similar errors reported in that forum which are related to multilingual / localization issues.

I don't suppose the MSI packages you are trying to open have been localized to a language that is different to that of the Operating System you are running Advanced Installer on by any chance ?

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Spartacus
Answered 12/02/2009 by: spartacus
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their having to use a name like that it suggests that the application is naffYou mean like "Windows Advanced Server" (Windows 2000 Server's marketing moniker)?
Answered 12/02/2009 by: VBScab
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to Inabus, a name is only a name. i don't care if the guy in charge of finding a name has no imagination. i had a look at the application and it looks like a good product.

to Spartacus, i've found what i was doing wrong. i tried to "open" to msi but i had to "import" it, which works.

my point with my question is that if there is something more "modern" than WPS that does the work better, why not try it? AI have some options not in WPS that are worth trying. my evaluation of AI has shown a few ways to work my msi files better than WPS offers me.

WPS is, of course, a more widely used product. but DOS was also a more widely used product, and people adopted windows all the same ;-)

thanks guys!
Answered 12/02/2009 by: kardock
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