Being new to packaging I have a couple of questions regarding the differences between Wise and the free SMS edition.

If I create MSI's in the free edition can they be then imported into the full blown Wise package for version controlling, running conflict tests, etc?

Is there any extensions to the base MSI that Wise would add that would prevent me from importing an MSI created by the SMS Edition? I assume not as the Windows Installer would then not know how to handle the extensions.

Rather than purchase the full blown Wise app for every packager I would like to save some cash by using the free tool where necessary. Anything wrong with this approach or are there any risks I am opening myself up too? And if so I would I mitigate?
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If you are strickly using MSI's then any MSI packaging utility should work since it follows the MS standard. So an MSI created in Wise or anything else is an MSI. The only difference is probably going to occur with the dialogs. Wise has it's own dialogs and graphics that the free SMS tool may or may not have.

If you ever consider using EXE's (my personal favorite) then you would want to start with one utility and use that since most EXE compilers aren't compatible with one another. Wise is certainly my favorite of all the utilities I have used to package software.
Answered 11/14/2005 by: yarborg
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