Can I find a feature comparison between these two products somewhere on the net?
If you are an experienced user of theses products, I am very interested in your advice.

Thanks for your help,

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They're both very competitive as far as features go. I think Wise may have a small leg up in the packaging group collaboration area, but lately Wise has played catch-up with InstallShield's analysis of Windows HotFix patches (only by a few months though). It's really a matter of personal preference and what's the best fit for your environment. Your best bet is to download the demo of each and see for yourself.

FYI, it seems that the most common decision among packaging groups is to standardize on Wise with a license for each packager, with 1 InstallShield license available to deal with a few situations that InstallShield is far better at addressing. (such as those pesky InstallShield Script MSIs that require a SETUP.EXE to run)
Answered 03/31/2005 by: VikingLoki
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I'll pretty much reiterate what VikingLoki said.

I used Wise for about a year and a half at my last contract and am now using Installshield.

I agree w/ Viking, Wise has a leg up, and is also my tool of choice. I've also found a few select applications that Installshield wouldn't capture that Wise (demo) would. I'm also a HUGE advocate of Wisescript. Its so easy to learn its rediculous. If you're good in VB script then its unnecessary I suppose, but I don't know more than the basics.

However, those IS scripts are a complete pain unless you have AdminStudio 6, so there's value there too.

The best answer I can give you is the recommendation that I'm giving my boss tomorrow in our first meeting. If at all possible, its best to have both tools at your disposal.
Answered 03/31/2005 by: Bladerun
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I agree with both of you, that it's nice to have both tools available.

I personally like Installshield over Wise, but mostly because I've got a longer history and am more familiar with it. They're both great products.

My last team had all Installshield with one Wise license, the team before that had all Wise with one Installshield license (I think!). So they're both pretty commonly used.
Answered 03/31/2005 by: Thaiboxer
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Thanks to all for your answers.
There is a quality assurance module for Wise package studio. Does adminstudio pro has similar features ?


Answered 04/04/2005 by: LMichel
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