Our company is currently using Wise Package Studio 7.  Now that it was put to end by Symantec, is there a good packaging tool that you can recommend specifically that's well suited for Windows 7 both 32 and 64bit? 

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AdminStudio, latest Version 11.5, is the best tool in market today for Application Packaging. It includes Installshield in it. There are other tools which come along with it like converting to App-V, ThinApp-, ACT and many more. Good and convenient alternative (not popular yet though) is MSI Generator.
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I use MSI Generator for MSI packaging and MST creation for vendor MSI more than 1 year. It's very good product.

Answered 11/25/2012 by: OlegN
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  • Totally agree.
  • I also work with it. Nice tool.
  • I used Wise Package Studio and AdminStudio earlier, but now I prefer MSI Generator - it is a lot better.
  • one of additional pros for MSIGen is it works much better with Assemblies, than Wise.
  • Nice tool because of its convenient functionality (e.g. you do not have to just sit and wait while snapshot is being done - you can keep on editing package details and setting instead - great time saving!). Another unique feature I like is that the tool does scan ACL changes in a system - great effort saving for further package debugging!
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PACE Suite is the most optimal software packaging tool on the market today - both from the cost and the functionality standpoints.
You can try it for FREE with no limitations on the features here:
http://pacesuite.com/download/
Answered 11/10/2015 by: pace-support
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No Offences but, InstallShield is just a tool to edit the MSI and create MST and I am saying this because one can go and buy just Installshield. You do not get Repackager with it.

AdminStudio, latest Version 11.5, is the best tool in market today for Application Packaging. It includes Installshield in it. There are other tools which come along with it like converting to App-V, ThinApp-, ACT and many more.

This tool is expensive becauase Flexera has a monololy in the market today for packaging tools.

Answered 07/30/2012 by: piyushnasa
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I would vote for Adminstudio+installshield. For MST creation you can use ORCA.
Answered 11/11/2015 by: apptopack
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You can try EMCO MSI Package Builder: http://emcosoftware.com/msi-package-builder/convert-exe-to-msi. It uses more advanced capturing technology than before&after snapshots, so it can associate all captured changes with processes that perform these changes. As the result you can filter out unwanted changes.

Answered 10/04/2012 by: igorvinnykov
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Answered 07/30/2012 by: jagadeish
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  • + Admin Studio

    http://www.flexerasoftware.com/products/adminstudio.htm
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It's very pity that Admin Studio killed the Wise Package Studio, wise it was a great and convenient tool. I don't like flexera due to bulky interface. Propose to try the MSI Generator (at least it can scan permissions during capturing ).  I truly believe that it can be the next "wise", it only depends that is more useful than "buggy"

Answered 11/26/2012 by: cesar
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Answered 11/26/2012 by: allexb
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Smart Packager Pro -- if I can use it, anyone can.  Very simple but you can make it as customizable as you want.
http://scalablesmartpackager.com/smart-packager-pro/
Answered 06/02/2015 by: lnovak
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