I thought this beta was worth mentioning here, a summary of new functionality as well as sign up instructions are provided below...


  • Software Virtualization Support – You can now use Wise Package Studio to create, edit, and manage virtual software archive (.VSA) packages which enable applications to run in a virtual environment when used in conjunction with the Altiris Software Virtualization Solution.
  • Virtual Package Editor – Enables users to create and edit virtual software archive (.VSA) packages.
  • SetupCapture – Enables users to create output in the form of virtual software archive (.VSA) packages.
  • Software Manager – Enables virtual software archive (.VSA) packages to be imported into the Wise Software Repository, so that users can determine if the virtualized applications might be adversely effected by the future deployment of a patch or hot fix.
  • SetupCapture – You can now use the software virtualization technology that is part of the Altiris Software Virtualization Solution to capture an application in a virtual software layer. When the capture is complete, you can simply delete or deactivate the virtual software layer to restore the computer to its original state.
  • Test Expert – You can now use the software virtualization technology that is part of the Altiris Software Virtualization Solution to perform application testing in a virtual software layer. When testing is complete, you can simply delete or deactivate the virtual software layer to restore the computer to its original state.
  • Linux Package Editor – Wise Package Studio’s new Linux Package Editor provides a user-friendly interface that enables users to build installations containing Linux RPM packages.
  • Mobile Device Package Editor – Wise Package Studio’s enhanced Mobile Device Package Editor enables users to create and edit .INF project files that can be compiled into .CAB files that install on mobile devices, including those using the Windows Mobile 5.0 platform.
  • ConflictManager – You can now configure ConflictManager to automatically run the conflict detection process whenever a package is imported into the Software Manager database. The conflict detection process will check for conflicts between the newly imported package and all other packages in the database.


The Wise Package Studio 7.0 beta testing program provides participants with an advance look at the product’s new features and an opportunity to provide feedback on the new release.

You can register for the WPS 7.0 beta through the Altiris Beta Portal at http://beta.altiris.com

Registration is a two-step process. You must first register as a beta user in the Altiris Beta Portal. (Note: This step is not necessary for those of you that were previously approved to as beta testers for other Altiris products.)

After your registration has been approved, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. You will then need to log in to the Altiris Beta Portal and request to be added to the WPS 7.0 beta program.

I'm also told that they will have made some significant enhancements to the WiseScript technology which will be included in Wise Package Studio 7.0. For example, WiseScript will support the use of VB scripts as include scripts. This enables WiseScript to create or call COM objects. They plan to make this new functionality available in our products for software developers shortly after the release of Wise Package Studio 7.0.
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I'm not seeing one useful feature here unless you're using Altris to deploy, which I'm not. I can see why they'd make these changes as they're hoping this will fuel sales in their Altris deployment channel, but it'd be nice if they'd also fixed some of the glaring short-comings in Wise like registry permission handling.
Answered 05/02/2006 by: turbokitty
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What I am interested to find out is how the product is going to perform setup capture compared to the previous versions. I have had limited time with 6 but my gripe was when I made an Oracle 9 package Wise decided to turn on self registrations of a few DLLs that do not self register and this was with SmartMonitor turned off and having COM entries put into the advertising tables. Maybe I don't understand something but don't you want your MSI to perform the registration of DLLs and not leave it to a DLLs self registration.
Answered 05/02/2006 by: kkaminsk
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I think it is time that Wise thinks about spinning off Wise Installer Editor just like Wise Install Tailor is also a separate product.

I think WPS has become so bulky to install, train, and use for simple day-day packages that I'm actually using other lighter MSI packagers just to produce simple & clean packages without having to navigate through so much functionality inside WPS.
Answered 05/03/2006 by: Vision33r
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