The firm I work for is in the planning stage of a massive infrastructure change that will entail repackagin all 1000+ applicaitons we have in our environment. The firm has been using Wise Package Studio for several years now and we were tasked with justifying it's continued use (as we will need to be purchasing an addition 9 licenses which is a large chunk of $$.. we currently own 5). After this challenge yesterday with firm upper management, I started looking into Admin Studio 7 and I was impressed with it's feature set as well as it's price (the enterprise version is priced per pc you will be distributing to which causes Admin Studio to be significantly cheaper in our environment than a comparable version of Wise Package Studio, which is priced per packager). Any thoughts? Experiences?
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I've used both and I find Wise to be unintuitive and less featured. I think Installshield is better layed out with better wizards and has better MSI verification tools.
One drawback to InstallShield is that their code is buggy. If something fails to compile I look for service packs and patches for AdminStudio before I look at the package. They have a lot of great features, but I think they rush them to market to fast. Also, they put out a major version upgrade every 6 months it seems, so it can be expensive if your company is required to keep your tools to version n-1.
My 2 cents.
You're going to get a lot of pro-Wise responses here as most of the people that post here are Wise users. I hope the people that do respond have had a good look at both products before weighing in.
Answered 11/10/2005 by: turbokitty
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