Does InstallAware conform to Microsoft Installer best practices?
Hi deployment crowd,
I hope that soemone can tell me (from own long-time experience) if InstallAware is a real alternative to InstallShield when I need a tool to build installations that meets the intention and the requirement of Microsoft Installer.
I am evaluating IA and discovered that you are not able to edit the MSI-Files directly, also the Sequences are not editable. It seems to me that the MSI-file is built at install-time based on the setup script.
In my opinion I loose completely the influence on what is going on during execution-sequence. It is like sending your request to a black box and hoping everything wil be alright.
InstallAware even gone a step forward and reinvented the wheel (MSI) by adding the possibility to completely install without Microsoft Installer technology. They call it "NativeCode" but I have no idea how it workes internal and there is no documentation about it. In general InstallAware seems a bit poor in documentation.
If you need native MSI-files for software distribution then you have to use a tool from InstallAware ("GroupPolicyWizard") that embeds your setup.exe within a strange MSI-file. So you can have a multi-language msi-file for instance. I thought that this is impossible, but IA did it ;)
Hope someone who knows InstallAware can tell his opinion about it.
My feeling is that InstallAware isn't a real alternative but a tool that reduces MSI-technology to absurdity?
Thx a lot.