Hey forum - we are currently using Wise Package Studio for our packaging needs, and as we make the move to Windows 7x64, need to come up with something else.

Wanted to see what others have used, and what their experiences may have been, to help in our evaluation. Going to look at Adminstudio, Installshield, and a few others.

Anything you can share on what you have been through, specifically with a product and x64 installations are appreciated.
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Answered 03/14/2012 by: rlinhartpdx
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Hi Drose

I Recently saw Flexera (The People that deploy AdminStudio) and they were adiment that the the only enterprise packaging solution on the market now is there product (Typical Marketing People I know)

The other option that is always there depending on what you need to be doing - For some things i still use products like InstEd as it doesnt add all the extra MSI tables and so on.

You always have the option of grabing a trial of AdminStudio as that will be the only way to be sure that it meets your buisnesses needs. You can grab trials for adminstudio from here: www.flexerasoftware.com/resources/trials.htm

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Answered 03/15/2012 by: Spef
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I've been using AdminStudio/InstallShield for almost 2 years and it works pretty good. It can be buggy sometimes and I have found myself starting over a number of times. I don't use all the AdminStudio tools, mostly just the Tuner and IS, so I can't comment on everything. The interface is not overly intuitive and a little clinky with some hidden settings that bite you now and then. Once you get the hang of it and provided you know something about packaging already, you should be able to get the job done.
Answered 03/16/2012 by: jmaclaurin
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  • This pretty much sums it up for me too, there seem to be a lot of idiosyncracies to adjust to, but once you've become used to the differences, it's fine. For the most part I havent found it lacking, though I hardly use every feature.
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I would love to hear comments about InstallAware 2012 from someone who is familiar with it and can compare it to WPS/Adminstudio. Am currently somewhere inbetween Wise and nothing as Installshield Adminstudio is a bit expensive.
Answered 03/22/2012 by: Arctos
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