I currently use Wininstall Desktop Management Suite, but am looking to get away from it as I don't need all of the functionality it offers. I repackage everything as an MSI now and am looking for any advice on what people think is the best repackager out there. I am not above using the WININSTALL MSI Packager Professional ( i am already familiar with the interface), but just wanted to know if there might be something better or more highly recommended out there.

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Generally Wise is considered the best at MSI repackaging (and most used, so if you learn it, it's good for the resume, [:D])

But I haven't heard anything negative about WinInstall.
Answered 09/20/2007 by: aogilmor
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ORIGINAL: aogilmor

Generally Wise is considered the best at MSI repackaging (and most used, so if you learn it, it's good for the resume, [:D])

But I haven't heard anything negative about WinInstall.


Is it? Also I think you will find more companies use Installshield..
Answered 09/26/2007 by: Tone
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Tone,

I actually think aogilmor is right. Although repackaging can be done with both. They each have there pro's and con's. There is another topic about IS vs WPS.
Answered 09/26/2007 by: FrankSpierings
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I left my comments here http://itninja.com/question/migrate-2000-professional-workstation-snmp189 but I am pretty confident that Installshield is more widely used.
Answered 09/26/2007 by: Tone
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ORIGINAL: Tone

ORIGINAL: aogilmor

Generally Wise is considered the best at MSI repackaging (and most used, so if you learn it, it's good for the resume, [:D])

But I haven't heard anything negative about WinInstall.


Is it? Also I think you will find more companies use Installshield..


I don't know. Installshield seems to be used more for commercial software (maybe prettier, maybe better control with the shell EXE or whatever)...
Wise has definitely been more used in the corporate IT environmnent where I've spent most of my time...
Answered 09/26/2007 by: aogilmor
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I have the opposite experiance all the global service providors use Installshield to package, all offshored packages I have seen have been created with Installshield, the majority of UK packaging contracts are for Installshield.
Answered 09/27/2007 by: Tone
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Tone,

Would you also recommend InstallShield in that case? Or are you only saying it is only used more. I'm more of an InstallShield person than a Wise person, since I've been working more with IS, because this particular large customer required it. Nevertheless most of my company uses Wise, which is also requested more offten here. I have no real preference, since they both have annoying bugs. Therefore I actually use Orca quite a lot :)
Answered 09/27/2007 by: FrankSpierings
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I am only saying it used more for packaging not bettter or worse..

I prefer the way wise does somethings compared to installshield and vica versa, think wise is less buggy and resource intensive.. so my recomendation would be to try them both as I dont believe on product is clearly better than the other, price may be the deciding factor.
Answered 09/27/2007 by: Tone
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I have the opposite experiance all the global service providors use Installshield to package, all offshored packages I have seen have been created with Installshield, the majority of UK packaging contracts are for Installshield.


I guess that's a difference between the U.S. and U.K and offshore locations, though I'm not sure why that would be. Both Installshield and Wise have been absorbed by larger companies (Installshield by Macrovision, Wise by Altiris and then Symantec). Maybe Installshield got to the UK packaging market first, and people are more used to it?....
dunno mate ;-)
Answered 09/27/2007 by: aogilmor
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Thanks for the info...on the issue of price, which one is cheaper?.
Answered 09/27/2007 by: Stanimosity
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I'm pretty sure they're about equal, just make sure you're comparing apples and apples...there are "Professional" and "Standard" versions of both.
the more enterprisey it is the more expensive.
Answered 10/02/2007 by: aogilmor
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depends if your talking purchase cost or TCO.

installshield is cheapest to purchase outright.
Answered 10/02/2007 by: jmcfadyen
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