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InstallSite Newsletter 7/2003



2003-08-02 Windows Installer WebCasts updated
2003-07-31 Windows Installer FAQ updated (English/German)
2003-07-29 Windows Installer FAQ updated (English/German)
2003-07-29 MSI, Merge Module and MSDE Bug lists updated
2003-07-29 Windows Installer Chat transcripts available
2003-07-17 Set Permissions on Files, Registry Keys and Printers InstallScript
2003-07-16 Windows Installer Books updated
2003-07-12 Windows Installer Technical Articles added (English/German)
2003-07-11 Windows Installer FAQ updated (English/German)
2003-07-03 Modify Setup.ini Inside Setup.exe updated
2003-07-03 Windows Installer FAQ updated (English/German)
2003-06-30 Insert a File into a File InstallScript
2003-06-30 Read ProductVersion from File InstallScript fixed
2003-06-26 Bootstrapper for MSI/.NET/Internet Explorer/MDAC
2003-06-26 Windows Installer FAQ updated (English/German)
2003-06-24 CD Autorun information updated
2003-06-23 Added MakeMSI to list of Windows Installer Authoring Tools


MSI 3.0 Beta registration now open

The Windows Installer team at Microsoft is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the Windows Installer v3.0 Beta program.
Windows Installer v3.0 (MSI 3.0) is targeted at making servicing better - this includes authoring, creating, distributing and managing updates to applications.

The goals of the MSI 3.0 Beta program are:

To register for the Windows Installer Beta Program:
1. Navigate to the site:
2. Use the Guest ID: MSI30
3. Complete the Windows Installer Nomination Survey Form to register as a tester for the Windows Installer Beta program.

The Windows Installer team will accept a limited number of participants in the beta program. Nominations for the Windows Installer Beta program will close on August 28, 2003. Participants accepted into the Windows Installer Beta program will be contacted with their BetaPlace ID and password during the first week of September.
The MSI 3.0 Beta1 release will be available for download and test in early September 2003. The Beta 1 release is for testing and evaluation purposes only, and is not suitable for install in production environments.

InstallShield DevStudio 9 Beta

The InstallShield DevStudio 9 Beta program has started. InstallShield DevStudio 9 is the successor for both, InstallShield Professional and InstallShield Developer. This means you can also build non-MSI setups that use pure InstallScript technology.
DevStudio 9 enables software developers to create InstallScript-based, Windows Installer (MSI), and smart device installations -- all while using a single, easy-to-use interface. You select the installation technology that is right for the situation. InstallShield DevStudio 9 is a direct upgrade for both InstallShield Professional and InstallShield Developer, offering distinct and familiar project types for each group of users.

Enhancements for users of InstallShield Professional 7 include:

Enhancements for users of InstallShield Developer 8 include:

InstallShield will give you a $50 gift certificate to if you have problems migrating your Professional 7, Developer, InstallShield for Windows Installer, or Express project into DevStudio 9!
The beta is expected to run for about four weeks.
To find out more about the beta program and to apply for enrollment, please visit

New Free eBook for System Administrators

"The Administrator Shortcut Guide to Software Packaging for Desktop Migrations" contains concrete how-to information about all phases of packaging and migration, from pre-packaging through testing and deployment, and includes several helpful checklists. Readers will gain solid knowledge on the following topics:

The free eBook is published by and sponsored by InstallShield Software Corp.
Chapter one, "Pre-Packaging Steps," is available now. Chapter two, "The Packaging Process," is announced to be available in August, and "Post-Packaging Steps," the third and final chapter, should be available in September.

Value Pack for InstallShield AdminStudio 5

The Value Pack includes a number of enhancements, allowing systems adminstrators to keep packages up to date in multiple databases, create their own conflicts and resolutions, and check for conflicts in multiple packages at one time. A full list of enhancements can be found in the Release Notes.
InstallShield AdminStudio 5 Value Pack 1 is free to all current AdminStudio 5 customers.
Release notes:

New product: InstallShield Expo Walktrough

InstallShield Software Corporation announced Expo Walkthrough, a solution for business users who need to quickly create guided product tours:
"Expo Walkthrough is the easiest solution for product experts who need to quickly create professional-looking Flash-animated guided tours. No prior design experience is necessary to advance product planning, evaluation, and usage. Expo Walkthrough’s focused functionality and task-centric user interface leverages InstallShield’s twelve years of experience as a leader in the interactive demo authoring market."

InstallShield Files Lawsuit Against Wise Solutions

InstallShield Software Corporation has filed a lawsuit against Wise Solutions, Inc. for electronic espionage, misappropriation of trade secrets, and copyright infringement. InstallShield is seeking injunctive relief and damages in excess of two million dollars.
Press releases:
More details:

InstallShield Training in Europe and Australia

InstallShield AdminStudio (4 day course. English)
Sep 23 - Sep 26, 2003 in Naarden (NL)
Sep 30 - Oct 3, 2003 in London (UK)

InstallShield Developer (4 day course. English, French, Italian)
Aug 26 - Aug 29, 2003 in Bristol (UK)
Sep 16 - Sep 19, 2003 in Saronno (IT)
Sep 30 - Oct 3, 2003 in Naarden (NL)
Oct 7 - Oct 10, 2003 in Paris (FR)
Oct 14 - Oct 17, 2003 in London (UK)
Nov 11 - Nov 14, 2003 in Sydney (AU)

Making Sense of Windows Installer (1 day seminar. English, French)
Sep 15, 2003 in Saronno (IT)
Oct 6, 2003 in Paris (FR)
Nov 10, 2003 in Sydney (AU)

Courses in Germany and Austria see below. For details about these courses and booking information go to


Deutsches InstallShield Buch als eBook erhältlich

Das Buch "Erste Schritte mit InstallShield Developer und Windows Installer Setups" ist jetzt als eBook im Adobe Reader Format (PDF Datei) lieferbar. Wie der Verlag mitteilt, wird es vorläufig nicht in gedruckter Form erscheinen.
Das eBook hat einige Vor- und Nachteile gegenüber der Papierversion. Man kann es nicht "anfassen", aber dafür bietet es die Möglichkeit, eine Volltext-Suche durchzuführen. Ausserdem ist der Preis des eBook niedriger.
Zum Anzeigen des Buches wird der kostenlose Adobe Reader benötigt. Das eBook wird personalisiert, d.h. der Firmenname, die Anschrift und der Name des Benutzers wird in der PDF-Datei gespeichert.
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Schulungen in Deutschland und Österreich

Windows Installer Einführung (1 Tag)
11.08.2003 in Ulm (DE)

InstallShield AdminStudio (4 Tage)
16.-19.09.2003 in Ulm (DE)
28.-31.10.2003 in Ulm (DE)

Windows Installer Repacketierung (4 Tage)
.2003 in Ulm (DE)

InstallShield Developer (4 Tage)
12.-15.08.2003 in Ulm (DE)

InstallShield Professional (4 Tage)
23.-26-09.2003 in Ulm (DE)

InstallShield Professional Umsteiger-Kurs (2 Tage)
.2003 in Ulm (DE)

Informationen zu Terminen, verfügbaren Plätzen, Gruppenrabatten, Schulungsunterlagen und Buchungsmöglichkeit finden Sie unter

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