Seems that Symantec has discontinued their Wise Package Studio.
Somehow I was expecting this to happen ..sooner or later..

Goodbye Wise ...[:(]
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For more information visit the following sites:

http://www.wise-migration.com/en/home.html

http://spablog.ontrex.ch/2011/10/05/symantec-announces-end-of-life-of-wise-package-studio/

Regards,
Fabio
Answered 10/06/2011 by: dilorenzo
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You can also visit Packaging Event @ the Amsterdam ArenA
For the latest news about the End of Life of Wise Package Studio and what this will mean for you as a user ( and what the alternatives are)
http://www.packagingevent.com


If you are looking for High Level Technical Sessions or Introductions in Technologies such as Application Virtualization & Application Compatibility, then you are at the right event! Packaging Event is an annual event which is organized once per calender year. Next to the usual MSI Packaging challenges, the theme for this 6th edition is how to solve Application Compatibility & Application Virtualization challenges around Win 7 migrations and deployment issues with these type of projects.The leading companies in the field of (re)Packaging, Desktop Management and Application Virtualization presented their products and solutions during Keynote & various break-out sessions. Please expect product management presentations from Flexera Software (AdminStudio), ChangeBASE (AOK) and many more. Reasons to attend PackagingEvent:
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  • Discuss with the Program Managers of your preferred products about future releases.
  • Visit the Exhibition Area and learn about the great solutions from local Services - and Solutions companies.
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Answered 10/06/2011 by: jaybee96
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Answered 10/06/2011 by: VBScab
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indeed.. but at the Symantec Vision Event @ Barcelona was the official Announcement made ( and tweeted right away!)

I guess the tweets are going faster than the press releases ;-)
Answered 10/06/2011 by: jaybee96
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Yet another triumph of Symantec professionalism...
Answered 10/06/2011 by: VBScab
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R.I.P WPS ;'(
Answered 10/06/2011 by: Matias M Andersen
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Is it True WPS Is going to be disconnected by Symantec . if yes (If All tolls like admin studio, installsheld... etc....) what is the next toll to continue Application packaging technology . please tell the answer in Shot way ......???
Answered 10/06/2011 by: srshmca
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short answer: InstallShield

slightly longer answer: and App-V, ThinApp, XenApp and others when we broaden the scope to Application Virtualisation. And then there's Desktop Virtualisation... I could go on...

PJ
Answered 10/06/2011 by: pjgeutjens
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I've 6 years experience with WPS and just quit my permanent job to go freelancing. This sucks! Because it is together with Orca the only tools that I know very well...
Answered 10/09/2011 by: sk
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Yes
Answered 10/09/2011 by: rdevunuri1
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it is together with Orca the only tools that I know very well... Download the trial version of InstallShield. You get 30 days to play.
Answered 10/10/2011 by: VBScab
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If you know Wise then you won't have much problems working with InstallShield. Overall these two tools are quite similar to each other.
Answered 10/10/2011 by: Teitan
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ORIGINAL: VBScab

Yet another triumph of Symantec professionalism...

Yup, I just spoke to our account manager, and... this was news --he wasn't informed of this in advance of the Barcelona announcement.
Answered 10/10/2011 by: norexx
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I'm stunned that I have refrained this long from saying "I don't like to say I told you so..." LOL
Answered 10/11/2011 by: VBScab
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Never liked WPS. Found Orca and Installshield much better :P
Answered 10/11/2011 by: satnix
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Good job Symantec. Way to kill another product.
Answered 10/11/2011 by: jmaclaurin
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Joyous. Our sales rep, of course, kept assuring us that everything was fine and nothing was going to happen blah blah blah. I hate finding out about this stuff through a forum.

I just sent a note to Flexera concerning the 'new' software. Am I reading that's what it is? It looks like basically there's some version of their AdminStudio that will have WiseScript built in at some point? And on top of that, they're releasing a 'one last fling' service pack for the original Wise? At least that should buy us some time while we start migrating our 12+ years of packages to AdminStudio (sigh).
Answered 10/11/2011 by: icbrkr
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I'll believe it when I see a press release from Symantec :)
Answered 10/11/2011 by: morganjansen
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Official :
Dear Wise Package Studio Customer, [/align] At Symantec, our mission is to enable you to have confidence in your connected experiences. We deliver on this promise by protecting your core infrastructure, information, and digital interactions. Protecting and maintaining your client computing environment is an essential component of our mission. [/align] In November Symantec formally announced that development efforts for the Wise Package Studio product family will be discontinued. We have carefully developed a plan that will enable Wise Package Studio customers to migrate to a new product offering. We recognize this will be an inconvenience, but we are confident that the upgrade will be worth the effort. [/align] To continue providing you with world-class application packaging capabilities, we are excited to provide customers with industry-leading technology from Flexera Software™. AdminStudio for Symantec is a branded version of AdminStudio® from Flexera Software™. Symantec will offer three editions of AdminStudio for Symantec: Enterprise, Professional, and Standard. The three editions of AdminStudio for Symantec will include all of the functionality found in the traditional AdminStudio product plus functionality specifically developed for users of Altiris management suites and existing Wise Package Studio users. In addition, Symantec will also offer AdminStudio Virtualization Pack, an optional add-on that provides advanced packaging support for the application virtualization technologies from Microsoft (App-V), VMware (ThinApp) and Citrix (XenApp). [/align] As part of the notification, you should have received information on how to migrate from Wise Package Studio to AdminStudio for Symantec. The migration program will be offered from November 7, 2011, until November 7, 2012. Wise Package Studio licenses covered by current Essential Support or Basic Maintenance are eligible to migrate to a AdminStudio for Symantec. Migration to AdminStudio for Symantec will not affect your existing Wise Package Studio licenses. You may continue to use previously purchased Wise Package Studio licenses. [/align] If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your Symantec partner or account representative for more information. We appreciate your business and look forward to continuing to help manage and secure your IT environment. [/align] Best Regards, [/align] Symantec Corporation [/align] [/align] [/align][/align]
Answered 11/07/2011 by: jaybee96
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Thats sad , I started my career with Wise. ;(
Answered 11/08/2011 by: egkr
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now, which re-packaging tool suites are left, apart from admin studio?
Answered 11/23/2011 by: freeality
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Teitan, VBScab. Thanks for the info. It's a coincident but at the moment I'm dropped into a job using Flexera Adminstudio.
They had no problem with my WPS background.I was a little bit overwhelmed by the new big rich interface and new stuff,
but they use only a part of it, although I still like to use my old wise macro's (which should be rewritten in pure vbscript to
open an external msi) for a check...
Answered 12/22/2011 by: sk
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