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New Advanced Installer for Java 6.0 brings XML updates and imports 3rd party MSI

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On November 9th, 2007 Caphyon Ltd. announced the latest edition of its software installer authoring tool. The new Advanced Installer enables developers to easily build native launchers, installers, patches and on-line updates for Java applications, integrating them fully into the operating system and making them look and feel just like native applications.

With a painstaking attention to detail, Advanced Installer ensures your application can be used like any regular, Windows native program: with its own process name, icon, version, splash screen, digital signature, shortcuts, file associations and so on. Your users will never need to know your application is written in Java. It will be running as first-class Windows software.

The standard Windows install technology, Windows Installer, required by Microsoft for any software intending to meet the Windows logo certification, gives you the best possible integration of your application in the Windows Platform. It also ensures the smallest possible footprint by producing zero-overhead install packages which contain only native Windows Installer data with no additional runtime requirements. Together with strong LZMA compression and Pack200 packing this results in tiny installers.

Advanced Installer will create Windows Installer (MSI) packages for your Java applications, enabling them to take advantage of all its standard features: detailed Add/Remove Programs entry, Repair and Modify options, on line installs, Group Policy deployment, Patch generation and many more.

Uniquely focusing from its very beginnings on the ease of use, Advanced Installer is completely GUI-driven, with intuitive and simple access to all the powerful functionality it offers. Friendly wizards, smart assistants and re-packagers allow even non-experts to produce complete, valid and reliable installers in mere minutes, saving enterprises tens of thousands in training and implementation costs.

Install packages can run on all Microsoft Windows operating systems, from Windows 95 to the latest Windows Vista, both 32 and 64-bit. Native Mac OS X bundles can also be generated from the same project file. A required Java Runtime Environment can be bundled or downloaded and installed on demand. Additional applications and components are supported as prerequisites, merge modules, or through repackaging and importing.

Advanced Installer is built on standard, open formats. Project files are XML, easily checked in source control systems. Multiple installer types can be defined to be built from a single project. Command-line mode operation allows integration in build scripts. Extensions always follow the Windows Installer recommendations and are provided in native modules for compliant, dependency-less installers.

Save development time and enhance your products by taking advantage of the numerous features packed in Advanced Installer. Software auto-updater, full dialog editor, digital signatures, EXE bootstrapper, over 25 localizations, driver installs, CD/DVD autorun, user accounts, task scheduler, XML updates, Java services and many more are ready to be used with just a few mouse clicks.

What's new in Advanced Installer for Java 6.0
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Starting with the 6.0 version you can import third party MSI packages into your own Advanced Installer Projects for further editing and customization. Switching to Advanced Installer has never been easier.

Updating XML files is now fully supported. Insert, replace or remove elements and attributes. Register your application in XML driven frameworks, patch XML configuration files and update XML formatted information.

Enjoy faster installer development and quicker package build times with Advanced Installer's new ability to cache and reuse unchanged archives.

- Importing 3rd party Windows Installer MSI packages
- Updating XML files: insert/replace/remove elements and attributes
- Faster builds by caching and reusing unmodified archives
- Importing COM+ installation MSIs into existing Advanced Installer projects
- Support for Driver Install Frameworks for Applications (DIFxApp) version 2.1
- Storing encrypted digital signature password in project (only for PFX certificates)
- Support for Unicode SQL Scripts (UTF8 with BOM, UTF16 little or big endian)
- Albanian language localization

Advanced Installer for Java is available in two editions, prices starting at US$299. A 30-day trial period is offered. More details and application download can be found at:

http://www.advancedinstaller.com/java.html

 


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