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I am not a very experienced app packager. I have done some repackaging using the free AdminStudio SMS Edition. My company does not have any of the expensive software for creating MSIs.

I find myself in the position of needing to modify the default install for PictureIt v7.0 from Microsoft. All I want to do is select the options of desktop shortcut and full install. From what I have read so far, it seems that a transform file is on my future. Is there some way I can make a transform without any pricey applications?
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Answered 07/28/2008 by: kiptek
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oRCa....


Thanks. I'll check it out.

Is there anything special to do to get the install to use the MST file?
Answered 07/28/2008 by: ksmith247
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OR.. use the trial version of Adminstudio. [:D]

A quick google search turned up a basic Orca guide:
http://juice.altiris.com/article/3154/basic-patch-and-transform-concepts-orca
Answered 07/28/2008 by: turbokitty
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Yea... after digging around with the trial of AdminStudio I found a helpfile that referenced Tuner. It took a bit but I figured it out. Everything seems to be working OK. I am concerned about what happens after the 30 day trial is up. I suspect Tuner is out the door.

I'll read the orca documentation too. Thanks again.
Answered 07/28/2008 by: ksmith247
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If using InstallShield 'took a bit', using Orca will cause your brains to ooze from your ears. It is *definitely* - in spite of others opinions here - a tool for experienced packagers.
Answered 07/29/2008 by: VBScab
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This breaks the Installshield license so please don't install the AdminStudio trial in a VM and snapshot it back after each use. Sure, it will never expire, but think of the karmic consequences!
Answered 07/29/2008 by: turbokitty
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Maybe this site can halp a little with Orca

http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX105542
Answered 07/30/2008 by: edwinl
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Hi ksmith247,

If you want to add dialog options during installation through a transform have a look at my "Monitor MSI installation actions in real time" comment at http://juice.altiris.com/article/1358/troubleshooting-wise-packages-with-windows-installer-log-files.

You can also make a copy of the MSI, modify it and then use msitran.exe from the SDK (Windows Installer 4.5 SDK) to generate a transform. This is also possible through example a vbscript.
Answered 07/30/2008 by: AngelD
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Answered 07/30/2008 by: msAiii
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