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InstallSite Newsletter 11/2001

December 20, 2001

*** Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year ***

NEW ON INSTALLSITE

2001-12-19 Bugs Bulletin updated after release of ISD 7.02
2001-12-04 Check Administrator Privileges in C
2001-11-27 Install MSI 2.0 Runtime with IPWI updated
2001-11-27 Bugs Bulletin updated for IS 6
2001-11-20 Microsoft Windows Installer 2.0 (English and German)
2001-11-20 MSI to XML Converter updated
2001-11-13 Display Summary and Billboards in Developer
2001-11-13 Migrating from InstallShield Express 2/3 to Developer
2001-11-13 Setup Launcher to Suppress Maintenance Mode in IS6 and ISD7
2001-11-08 Integrate InstallSite in the InstallShield IDE
2001-11-08 Bugs Bulletin updated for ISD and IPWI
2001-11-06 Bugs Bulletin updated for IS 6 and ISD7.01
2001-10-26 Capture Self Registration Information updated
2001-10-26 MSI FAQ updated (English and German)
2001-10-26 Bugs Bulletin updated for IS 6
2001-10-25 Bugs Bulletin updated for ISD7.01
2001-10-25 RTF License Dialog for ISD Standard Projects
2001-10-22 Bugs Bulletin updated for ISD7
2001-10-16 Deutsche Schulungsunterlagen zu Windows Installer
2001-10-16 Seriennummern-Tool für Windows Installer (deutsch)
2001-10-15 Bugs Bulletin updated for ISD7
2001-10-15 Bugs Bulletin updated for Merge Modules

The revision history with hyperlinks can be found at
http://www.installsite.org/pages/history.htm

NEWS AND RUMORS

InstallShield Developer 7.02 Released

The second maintenance pack for InstallShield Developer 7 is now available. This release brings extensive .NET support, a new COM extraction mechanism, and several other enhancements and bug fixes. Users of ISD 7.01 can obtain the patch by selecting "Check for Updates" from the Tools menu in ISD. Users of ISD 7.00 use "Update InstallShield" from the Help menu instead. You can also request a full build of ISD 7.02 by sending an e-mail with subject ****FULL VERSION OF DEVELOPER 7.02**** to support@installshield.com. This update is not applicable to the German edition of InstallShield Developer. Release notes are available at http://www.installshield.com/downloads/isd/isd_readme702.asp .

InstallShield Express 3.53 Released

After several weeks of beta testing the new maintenance pack for InstallShield Express 3 is now available. It includes support for the Windows Installer 2.0 engine, enables custom actions to be launched from their installed location, resolves BDE merge module directory aliases, includes new merge modules for Microsoft Typelib Information Library, Visual FoxPro OLE DB Provider, and Visual FoxPro ODBC Driver, provides password protection support for the SingleImage build type, and more. It also fixes a number of bugs. The update can be obtained by selecting "Update InstallShield" from the Help menu. This maintenance pack is free for all Express 3.5x customers. It does not apply to the German edition.

Access Web Contents from the InstallShield IDE

The development environment of InstallShield Developer 7 and InstallShield Windows Installer Edition 2 uses a lot of HTML. That brought up the idea to directly access the web from the InstallShield IDE. This package will add a "InstallSite Today" item to the IDE that includes latest news and links to the most important places on the web. Thus you can check the InstallSite bugs lists, participate in the discussion forum, access InstallShield's knowledge base or query Microsoft's DLL Database from within the IDE.
http://www.installsite.org/pages/en/msi/tips.htm#InstallSiteToday

Prices for InstallShield Developer to Increase

The introductory offer for InstallShield Developer 7 will expire at the end of December. This means that in January the prices for the English and German editions of Developer 7 will both be increased by about 220 EUR, and the prices for the update versions will by 160 EUR.
http://www.installsite.org/shoplinks/ISD.htm

Microsoft Windows Installer 2.0

Microsoft has released version 2.0 of the Windows Installer runtime files and the Windows Installer SDK. Besides support for Windows XP and 64 bit applications, this version includes bug fixes and introduces useful operating system properties, e.g. to detect whether setup is running on NT Workstation or Server, or an XP Professional or Home Edition. It also significantly simplifies updates by eliminating the need for complicated ADDLOCAL and REINSTALL constructs, and no longer requires a reboot after installing the runtime files. The good news is that you can benefit from these improvements in your existing projects. Some modifications in your authoring tool may be required to install the new runtime files. As a result of the improvements and fixes in MSI 2.0 you may find that your setups and patches behave differently than they used to or even fail. Even if you don't include MSI 2.0 in your own setup, the new version may already be present on the target machine, so you should at least include MSI 2.0 in your testing scenario.
http://www.installsite.org/pages/en/isnews/200110/default.htm

Documentation Update for InstallShield Professional 6.31

The help files for InstallShield Professional 6.31 have been updated on October 23. This version is newer than the help files included in the IS 6.31 maintenance release. The update can be obtained by selecting "Check for Updates" from the Online menu (which uses InstallShield's Digital Wizard Update technology) or by download from the InstallShield Download Center. This documentation update does not apply to the German Edition of IS 6.3.
http://www.installshield.com/downloads

====== GERMAN ======

Microsoft Windows Installer 2.0

Microsoft hat die Version 2.0 der Windows Installer Laufzeitdateien und des Windows Installer SDK freigegeben. Neben Fehlerbehebungen und Unterstützung für Windows XP und 64-Bit-Applikationen enthält diese Version einige neue Eigenschaftswerte (Properties) für Betriebssystem-Informationen. Damit kann man sehr einfach feststellen, ob es sich um die Workstation- oder Server-Variante von Windows NT handelt, oder Windows XP Professional von der Home Edition unterscheiden. Auch das Erstellen von Updates wird einfacher, denn komplizierte Konstruktionen mit ADDLOCAL und REINSTALL sind jetzt nicht mehr nötig. Außerdem ist nach dem Installieren der Laufzeitdateien kein Neustart mehr erforderlich. Erfreulicherweise kann man von diesen Verbesserungen auch in bestehenden Projekten profitieren, allerdings sind teilweise einige Modifikationen im Installations-Tool erforderlich, um die neuen Laufzeitdateien einzubinden. Als Folge der Verbesserungen und Fehlerbehebungen in MSI 2.0 werden sich vorhandene Installationen und Patches möglicherweise ungewohnt verhalten oder sogar fehlschlagen. Selbst wenn Sie MSI 2.0 nicht mit Ihrem eigenen Setup-Paket vertreiben, kann die neue Version bereits auf dem Zielsystem vorhanden sein. Sie sollten MSI 2.0 daher zumindest in Ihre Test-Szenarien einbeziehen.
http://www.installsite.org/pages/de/artikel/msiarticles.htm

Preiserhöhung für InstallShield Developer

Das Einführungsangebot für InstallShield Developer 7 läuft Ende Dezember aus. Das bedeutet, dass im Januar die Preise für die deutsche und die englische Ausgabe von Developer 7 um jeweils ca. 220 EUR (rund 430 DM) ansteigen werden. Die Preise für die Update-Versionen sollen zum gleichenTermin um etwa 160 EUR (rund 310 DM) erhöht werden.
http://www.installsite.org/shoplinks/ISD.htm

 

InstallSite Newsletter 10/2001

October 10, 2001

NEW ON INSTALLSITE

2001-10-10 Wizard Style CD Browser updated
2001-10-10 Merge Module List updated
2001-10-10 Bugs Bulletin updated for Merge Modules
2001-10-10 Install MSI 2.0 Runtime with IPWI updated again
2001-10-07 Install MSI 2.0 Runtime with IPWI updated
2001-10-06 Installation Phases and In-Script Execution Options for Custom Actions
2001-10-06 Installationsphasen und Einstellungen zur In-Script-Ausführung für benutzerdefinierte Aktionen
2001-10-03 How to Avoid Maintance Mode in IS6 updated
2001-10-03 Bugs Bulletin updated for Windows Installer engine
2001-09-30 MSI FAQ updated (English / German )
2001-09-29 Bugs Bulletin updated for ISD7
2001-09-26 Remove Dialog Branding

The revision history with hyperlinks can be found at
http://www.installsite.org/history.htm

NEWS AND RUMORS

InstallShield changes branding policy

InstallShield places their company name in the lower left corner of each dialog of your setup program. The license agreement did not allow you to remove this branding. Recently InstallShield changed this policy. They still suggest that you keep the branding in place because "the InstallShield name conveys to the user that your application is reliable and that you invest in your customers with the best installation software available". However if you really want to, you are allowed to post-process your MSI file (for Windows Installer based setups) to remove the branding. Instead of doing this manually with Orca, you can use a VB Script that is available on InstallSite.
InstallShield's branding policy is documented in this article:
http://support.installshield.com/kb/view.asp?articleid=Q105444

MSI 2.0 Available Again

The downloads for version 2.0 of the Windows Installer runtime engine are available again on the Microsoft web site. The ANSI version of instmsi.exe (for Windows 95/98/Me) now has a version number of 2.0.2600.1 while the first release was 2.0.2600.0. The unicode version of instmsi.exe (for Windows NT4/2000) has not been changed, the version is still 2.0.2600.0, the old and the new files are binary identical. The first release of MSI 2.0 had been published on August 28, 2001 and
withdrawn from the web site around September 20. There is no official information why they have been removed, or what changes have been made in the new release. Rumors has it that problems were detected with Windows Me. The download URLs can be found in InstallSite's Windows Installer FAQ.
http://www.msifaq.com and http://www.msifaq.de (GERMAN)

Installation Phases and In-Script Execution Options for Custom Actions

When creating a custom action in InstallShield Professional - Windows Installer Edition you have several in-script execution options to choose from: Immediate execution, Deferred execution, Rollback execution, Commit execution, Deferred execution in System Context. This article explains what these options mean and how they affect in which phase your custom action is executed at installation run time.
http://www.installsite.org/isnews/200108/default.htm

Crystal Reports Merge Modules for InstallShield Express

In cooperation with Crystal Decisions, InstallShield has developed a set of merge modules for Crystal Reports 8 and 8.5. The package includes 97 regular merge modules and two objects. They are intended to be used with InstallShield Express 3.51, they are currently not available for other InstallShield products. InstallShield Express 3.52 German Edition already includes the Crystal modules. The merge module package can be downloaded from
http://support.installshield.com/resource/default.asp?pm=cx

GERMAN: InstallShield Express 3.5 in Deutsch verfügbar

Die deutsche Ausgabe von InstallShield Express 3.5 ist verfügbar. Sie trägt die Versionsnummer 3.52 und enthält bereits die Merge-Module für Crystal Reports 8 und 8.5. Das Update von Version 3.0 auf 3.5 ist kostenpflichtig.
http://www.installshield.com/isx/

GERMAN: Installationsphasen und Einstellungen zur In-Script-Ausführung für benutzerdefinierte Aktionen

Beim Erstellen einer benutzerdefinierten Aktion in InstallShield Professional - Windows Installer Edition hat man die Auswahl zwischen mehren Einstellungen zur In-Script-Ausführung: Sofortige Ausführung (Immediate Execution), Verzögerte Ausführung (Deferred Execution), Rollback Ausführung (Rollback Execution), Commit Ausführung (Commit Execution), Verzögerte Ausführung im Systemkontext (Deferred Execution in System Context). Dieser Artikel erklärt, was die aufgeführten Optionen bedeuten und wie damit festgelegt wird, in welcher Installationsphase eine benutzerdefinierte Aktion ausgeführt wird.
http://www.installsite.de/artikel/200108.htm

 

InstallSite Newsletter 9/2001

September 25, 2001

NEW ON INSTALLSITE

2001-09-19 Setup Launcher for MSI 2.0 updated
2001-09-19 Windows Installer Directory Cleaner
2001-09-19 SQL-DMO merge module project file
2001-09-19 HTML Autoplay updated
2001-09-19 Bugs Bulletin updated for IS 6
2001-09-15 Install MSI 2.0 Runtime with IPWI
2001-09-15 Path Buffer Functions that Support Long Path Names fixed
2001-09-15 Bugs Bulletin updated for ISD7
2001-09-13 Bugs Bulletin updated for IS 6
2001-09-08 Bugs Bulletin updated for IS 6.31
2001-09-08 Path Buffer Functions that Support Long Path Names updated
2001-09-08 Borland released Merge Modules for BDE 5.2
2001-09-03 Deploy Internet Explorer with GPO updated
2001-09-01 Windows Installer FAQ jetzt auch in deutsch
2001-09-01 Windows Installer FAQ updated
2001-08-30 Windows Installer 2.0 Runtime files available
2001-08-30 Bugs Bulletin updated for IPWI and ISD7
2001-08-29 Install Printer Driver updated
2001-08-29 LaunchAppEx updated

The revision history with hyperlinks can be found at http://www.installsite.org/history.htm

NEWS AND RUMORS

Breaking News on InstallSite

InstallSite now has a page with news for setup developers, such as notifications about events, product releases, new computer viruses etc. You can find the latest headlines on the InstallSite home page.
http://www.installsite.org/news.htm

GERMAN: Diese aktuellen Meldungen sind auch in deutsch verfügbar.
http://www.installsite.de/news.htm

Microsoft Withdraws MSI 2.0

Microsoft has removed the downloads for version 2.0 of the Windows Installer runtime engine from their web site. Windows Installer 2.0 had been released on August 28, 2001. There is no official information about the reasons, but rumors has it that problems were detected with Windows Me. Sources say MSI 2.0 is expected to return within two weeks.

InstallShield Professional 6.31 and Updated Objects Available

Maintenance pack 1 for InstallShield Professional 6.3 is available. Users of InstallShield Professional 6.2x and 6.30 can download version 6.31 at no cost from the InstallShield Download Center. This update is not for the German Edition of IS 6. IS 6.31 is an update to IS 6.30, do not uninstall 6.30. If you are using 6.2x you must first update to 6.30.
http://www.installshield.com/downloads/

For information about handling and compatibility of language packs, and suggested update procedure, see the Bugs Bulletin for IS6.
http://www.installsite.org/bugs_is6.htm

InstallShield has also released a set of updated objects for use with IS 6.31. The following new objects are available: BDE 5.11, DAO 3.5, DAO 3.6, Jet 4.0, MDAC 2.5, MDAC 2.6, MFC 6.0, ODBC 3.51, OLE DB 2.1, RDO 2.0, VB 6. These objects require InstallShield Professional version 6.31, they are not compatible with earlier versions.
http://www.installshield.com/downloads/isp/objects/objects6.31.asp

PackageForTheWeb 4.0

PFTW is a tool to package setups into a self extracting exe. New in Version 4.0 is an automation interface to build packages, the option to permanently store extracted files on user's computer without prompting for a location, and an updated dialog design that matches the runtime dialogs in InstallShield Developer 7 and InstallShield Professional 6.31. PFTW 4.0 is available free of charge from InstallShield.
http://www.installshield.com/pftw/

GERMAN: Support in deutscher Sprache

Durch die Schließung der deutschen InstallShield-Niederlassung und die Abschaltung der Hotline gibt es keinen Hersteller-Support mehr in deutscher Sprache. Unabhängig von InstallShield Software Corporation wird jetzt aber ein Pay-per-Incident Support angeboten. Dabei kann (zu einem pauschalen Preis pro Anfrage) Hilfe und Unterstützung bei Problemen mit InstallShield-Produkten per E-Mail angefordert werden. Hinter diesem Angebot steht Stefan Krüger, Betreiber von InstallSite und anerkannter Fachmann für Installationsprogramme.
http://www.install-support.de

 

InstallSite Newsletter 8/2001

August 27, 2001

NEW ON INSTALLSITE

2001-08-26 Support in Deutsch (German)
2001-08-24 Customizing MSDE 2000 Installation updated
2001-08-24 Bugs Bulletin for MS Merge Modules updated
2001-08-24 Added vbMake to the Make Utilities list
2001-08-23 MSI Database Creation Tool
2001-08-23 Information about MSDE 2000 Refresh CD updated
2001-08-23 List SQL Servers updated
2001-08-18 Bugs Bulletin updated for IS6 and ISD7
2001-08-16 Another way to Enable Setup to Take Focus
2001-08-08 Bugs Bulletin updated for IS6 and IPWI
2001-08-08 InstallShield Developer 7 released
2001-08-04 Resolve Pointer to String
2001-08-04 Bugs Bulletin updated for Windows Installer
2001-08-02 String Table Checker updated
2001-07-20 Article Detecting Internet Explorer and Other Applications with Windows Installer

The revision history with hyperlinks can be found at http://www.installsite.org/history.htm

NEWS AND RUMORS

InstallShield Developer 7

InstallShield has released a new flag ship product called Developer 7. It combines the capabilities of InstallShield Windows Installer Edition and InstallShield Professional Standard Edition in one product (not a bundle of two products as some time ago in InstallShield 2000). The development environment is quite similar to IPWI 2.03 - of course with several enhancememnts - and ISD7 replaces the IPWI product (but not IPSE 6 - the Standard product line will be continued). ISD supports two main project types:

http://www.installshield.com/isd

Windows Installer 2.0

The August 2001 edition of Microsoft's Platform SDK also includes the MSI Help file for Windows Installer version 2.0. The documentation is no longer marked as "beta" or "preliminary", which probably means it is accurate for the release for Windows XP. Besides support for 64 bit applications and Windows XP the new MSI version brings several bug fixes and improvements for updates and patches. The redistributable packages to install MSI 2.0 on older Windows versions are not yet available.
http://www.microsoft.com/msdownload/platformsdk/sdkupdate/

If you used the "Full Download" option (instead of the online install) before August 27 it is suggested that you re-download the file psdk-full.12.cab because a problem was detected in the first version that was posted.

GERMAN: Support in deutscher Sprache

Durch die Schließung der deutschen InstallShield-Niederlassung und die Abschaltung der Hotline gibt es keinen Hersteller-Support mehr in deutscher Sprache. Unabhängig von InstallShield Software Corporation wird jetzt aber ein Pay-per-Incident Support angeboten. Dabei kann (zu einem pauschalen Preis pro Anfrage) Hilfe und Unterstützung bei Problemen mit InstallShield-Produkten per E-Mail angefordert werden. Hinter diesem Angebot steht Stefan Krüger, Betreiber von InstallSite und anerkannter Fachmann für Installationsprogramme.
http://www.installsite.de/support

BUGS BULLETIN

InstallShield Professional - Standard Edition 6.30:

InstallShield Professional - Windows Installer Edition 2.03:

Windows Installer Runtime Engine:

Vendor Created Merge Modules:

InstallShield Developer 7.00:

For the latest information, details and workarounds frequently check the Bugs Bulletin on InstallSite

 

InstallSite Newsletter 7/2001

July 19, 2001

NEW ON INSTALLSITE

2001-07-17 Bugs Bulletin updated for IS6
2001-07-17 Sample project: Client/Server Installation with Windows Installer
2001-07-17 New releases: InstallShield AdminStudio, InstallShield Express 3.5, Wise for Windows Installer 3.5
2001-07-14 New version of Crystal 8 Merge Module
2001-07-14 MSI Wrapper to Deploy Internet Explorer with GPO
2001-07-09 RTPatch now supports Windows Installer
2001-07-09 List SQL Servers with VB Script
2001-07-09 Retrieve Local TCP/IP Address updated

The revision history with hyperlinks can be found at http://www.installsite.org/history.htm

NEWS AND RUMORS

InstallShield Express 3.5 and Maintenance Pack 3.51

The new version 3.5 brings several new features, such as:

Unfortunately it also included a bug that unregisters controls on the build machine, causing problems with Visual Basic projects. An update that fixes this problem is available for download.
Version 3.5 is not a free update, but users of previous versions can buy it for a reduced price and for a limited time get an additional rebate.
ISX 3.5 is not yet available in German.
Order: https://secure2.installshield.com/isorderexpress.htm
Rebate: http://www.installshield.com/express/rebate/
Hot fix: http://support.installshield.com/download/isx351.asp

The Impact of .NET on Installations

...that's the title of a white paper that can be downloaded from the InstallShield web site. It gives a short introduction to Managed Code, Meta Data, and Side by Side Components from the view of a setup developer. It also addresses the often heard misconception that with .NET software installation is "just a matter of copying files, just like XCopy".
http://www.installshield.com/iswi/reference/default.asp

GERMAN: Hotline nicht mehr erreichbar

Seit Anfang Juli ist die deutsche InstallShield Hotline unter 0190... nicht mehr erreichbar. Die einzige Alternative, die InstallShield zur Zeit anbietet, ist die Support-Hotline in USA - allerdings in Englisch und zu den dort üblichen Arbeitszeiten (8.00 - 17.30 Uhr Ortszeit, entspricht 15.00 - 0.30 Uhr unserer Zeit). Derzeit ist unklar, ob Bedarf an einem deutschen Support per E-Mail oder Telefon besteht. Deshalb bitte ich alle Interessenten, sich zu melden - entweder per E-Mail an hotlineumfrage@installsite.de oder im InstallSite-Forum:
http://www.installsite.org/forum1/cgi-bin/ikonboard/forums.cgi?forum=11

GERMAN: Stellenangebot von Software AG

Die Software AG in Berlin sucht einen Software Engineer mit Kenntnissen in MSI oder InstallShield IPWI für die Entwicklung eines Tools mit grafischer Oberfläche, das das zentrale Werkzeug für die Installation der umfangreichen Produktpalette der Software AG ist.
http://www.softwareag.com/scripts/jobs/preview.pl?documentname=sql_develop_2001_1001_4.job

BUGS BULLETIN

Updated article for InstallShield Professional - Standard Editon:

For the latest information, details and workarounds frequently check the Bugs Bulletin on InstallSite

 

InstallSite Newsletter 6/2001

June 29, 2001

NEW ON INSTALLSITE

2001-06-29 Extended Information in Add/Remove Program Control Panel with IS5/6
2001-06-29 Debugging the OnRebooted Event Handler
2001-06-29 How to Avoid Maintenance Mode updated
2001-06-29 Create Folders Upon User Selection IPWI sample
2001-06-29 Import Registry File to .rul or .rge File
2001-06-27 Bugs Bulletin updated for IS6 and IPWI
2001-06-27 Enable Setup to Take Focus
2001-06-27 List SQL Servers updated
2001-06-27 Functions with Variable Number of Arguments in IS6
2001-06-22 Improved File Browse Dialog for IS6
2001-06-22 Attach Database with MSDE
2001-06-22 Migrating from InstallShield 5 to InstallShield 6
2001-06-22 Format Number as String
2001-06-22 Convert Path to UNC updated
2001-06-20 Added GS Technologies to CD Autorun Tools
2001-06-20 Project Generator for WfWI
2001-06-15 New beta versions from InstallShield and Wise
2001-06-15 DCOM-MDAC-Jet Object for IS6 updated

The revision history with hyperlinks can be found at http://www.installsite.org/history.htm

NEWS AND RUMORS

Announcement Regarding this Newsletter

During the past years, the mailing list for the InstallSite Newsletter has technically been maintained by ListBot.com. Unfortunately the ListBot  service will be discontinued. Therefore this mailing list will be moving to a new service provider during July. Currently there is no action required on your part. I will try to make the change for you as seemless as possible. A special announcement with all details will be sent when they become available.

InstallShield Developer 7.0 Beta

InstallShield is preparing a new Windows Installer product called InstallShield Developer. It is based on InstallShield Professional - Windows Installer Edition but also includes many of the features of the Standard Edition product line, e.g. One Click Internet Installations and completely script driven end user dialogs (optional). Other enhancements include a Direct Table Editor and support for .NET and 64 bit applications.
InstallShield has announced that IS Developer 7 will replace the Windows Installer Edition, but not the Standard Edition product line. This means that development on IPSE 6.x will continue even after the release of IS Developer 7.
To take part in the beta test of IS Developer 7 go to
http://www.installshield.com/beta/pro/

GERMAN: InstallShield Professional 6.30 German Edition

Das Maintenance Release 6.30 ist jetzt auch für die deutsche Version von InstallShield Professional - Standard Edition verfügbar. Besitzer einer Version 6.2x können es kostenlos herunterladen. Die Sprachpakete West und East von Version 6.2 können weiter verwendet werden.
http://support.installshield.com/download/is630_ge.asp

GERMAN: Support, Consulting und Schulungen in Deutsch

Auch nach der Schließung der deutschen InstallShield-Niederlassung gibt es in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz weiterhin Unterstützung zu InstallShield-Produkten von Drittfirmen. Schulungen und Workshops werden von verschiedenen Anbietern und in unterschiedlichen Formen durchgeführt. Nähere Informationen unter http://www.installsite.biz/de/training.htm
http://www.installsite.org/help.htm#deutsch

BUGS BULLETIN

New and updated articles for InstallShield Professional - Standard Editon:

New article for InstallShield Professional - Windows Installer Editon:

For the latest information, details and workarounds frequently check the Bugs Bulletin on InstallSite

 

InstallSite Newsletter 5/2001

May 21, 2001

NEW ON INSTALLSITE

2001-05-18 Soap Toolkit Merge Modules
2001-05-17 Open Source Windows Installer Project
2001-05-17 Installing MDAC and DCOM article updated
2001-05-16 MS XML 3.0 SP1 Merge Module
2001-05-16 Platform SDK discussion forum
2001-05-16 Wise Application Integration Suite
2001-05-16 LANovation Picture Taker
2001-05-12 InstallShield AdminStudio Beta
2001-05-11 Bugs Bulletin updated for IPSE 6.3
2001-05-11 More CD Autorun Tools
2001-05-09 Extended Version of LaunchAppAndWait updated
2001-05-05 Bugs Bulletin updated after release of IPSE 6.3
2001-05-05 XML to MSI Converter available
2001-05-05 Streaming a File From the Binary Table
2001-05-05 Magazine article Customizing Windows Installer
2001-05-05 Bugs Bulletin updated for IPWI 2.0
2001-04-26 MSI to XML Converter
2001-04-26 Create Virtual Directory in IIS updated
2001-04-26 Bugs Bulletin updated for IPWI 2.0
2001-04-26 Bugs Bulletin updated for Merge Modules

NEWS AND RUMORS

InstallShield Professional - Standard Edition 6.30

InstallShield has released another update for their Standard series. Release 6.30 is available free of charge for current owners of a version 6.2x product. Note that the 6.2 East and West language packs are compatible with 6.30 so you don't need an update for them. The update to 6.30 is not yet available for the German Edition.
http://support.installshield.com/download/is630.asp

Best Practices for Creating Windows Installer Merge Modules

Microsoft has published an article that describes the best practices to follow when creating merge modules for components you have created or for third-party components for which merge modules are not available.
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q255/6/84.asp

OpenSource Windows Installer Authoring Tool

A group of programmers who call themselves "Chimps with Keyboards" has started to create a Windows Installer authoring tool that will be published under the GNU General Public License (GPL). The work on the back end (loading and saving MSI files) is 80% finished, and the programmers are asking for input on the user interface and feature set of the tool named ChimpInstall. They have a discussion board on their web site, and the source code is available at SourceForge.
http://www.installsite.org/w2k_msiauth.htm#Chimp

Windows Installer Database to XML Bi-Directional Converter

Another set of tools that are available under GPL are Daniel Gehriger's tools to convert an MSI file into an XML document and vice versa. This can be quite useful for documentation purposes, finding the differences between two MSI packages, and to make modifications to MSI databases.
http://www.installsite.org/iswi/tips.htm#msi2xml

GERMAN: Support, Consulting und Schulungen in Deutsch

Auch nach der Schließung der deutschen InstallShield-Niederlassung gibt es in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz weiterhin Unterstützung zu InstallShield-Produkten von Drittfirmen. Schulungen und Workshops werden von verschiedenen Anbietern und in unterschiedlichen Formen durchgeführt. Nähere Informationen unter http://www.installsite.biz/de/training.htm
http://www.installsite.org/help.htm#deutsch

BUGS BULLETIN

New and updated articles for InstallShield Professional - Standard Editon:

In addition, articles describing bugs that have been fixed in version 6.30 have been updated accordingly.

New articles for InstallShield Professional - Windows Installer Editon:

For the latest information, details and workarounds frequently check the Bugs Bulletin on InstallSite

 

InstallSite Newsletter 4/2001

April 20, 2001

NEW ON INSTALLSITE

2001-04-20 Bugs Bulletin updated for IPWI 2.0
2001-04-19 Bugs Bulletin updated for Merge Modules
2001-04-19 Dialog with TreeView Control
2001-04-17 Bugs Bulletin updated for Windows Installer Engine and Merge Modules
2001-04-17 Bugs Bulletin updated for IPSE 6
2001-04-11 Improved Site Search engine
2001-04-07 Update Rules for Windows Installer
2001-04-07 Bugs Bulletin updated for IPSE 6
2001-04-07 Automatic Logon After Reboot
2001-04-07 Create and Validate user Accounts updated
2001-04-07 Log Results of Function Calls
2001-04-05 Install a Windows INF File updated
2001-04-03 Updated information on merge modules for MDAC and FoxPro
2001-04-03 MDAC Wrapper updated
2001-04-03 Updated information about Unity conflict manager for MSI
2001-04-03 Set IncludeInBuild Flag tool for IS6
2001-03-30 InstallShield closes German department (German text)
2001-03-29 Bugs Bulletin updated for IPSE 6
2001-03-29 Job opening Software Release Engineer - Boston
2001-03-29 Job opening Software Release Manager - San Ramon
2001-03-28 Customizing MSDE 2000 Installation
2001-03-28 Bugs Bulletin updated for IPWI 2.0 and Microsoft Merge Modules
2001-03-26 MDAC Wrapper updated
2001-03-23 MDAC Wrapper for multiple languages and version check
2001-03-23 Merge Modules for Jet 3.5 and Crystal 8 updated
2001-03-22 Custom Setup Options in Windows Installer explained
2001-03-16 Added ChicagoSoft Walls to MSI authoring tools
2001-03-15 List SQL Servers
2001-03-15 Job opening: Configuration Management Engineer in Redmond, WA
2001-03-15 Bugs Bulletin updated for IPSE 6
2001-03-13 News about Windows Installer Complete

NEWS AND RUMORS

Job Openings

Conversay in Redmond, WA is looking for a Configuration Management Engineer, Level II
http://www.installsite.org/jobs/conversay.htm

Vignette Corporation in Austin, TX has two job openings:

Software Release Engineer - Boston
http://www.installsite.org/jobs/vignette1.htm

Software Release Manager - San Ramon
http://www.installsite.org/jobs/vignette2.htm

Windows Installer 1.5 Beta SDK Breaks Existing Tools

The tools (e.g. Orca) from version 1.5 beta 1 of the Windows Installer SDK install and register a version of mergemod.dll that is not backward compatible. This is known to break the functionality of present authoring tools such as VSI and IPWI. Symptoms are build errors for dialogs and merge modules not installing their files. Do not install these beta tools on a production machine.

Microsoft Announces Life Cycle Phases for Operating Systems

Microsoft has defined three phases for the life cycle of their desktop operating systems: Mainstream Phase, Extended Phase and Non-Supported Phase. In the first phase a product is available in all standard distribution channels and hotfixes are available free of charge. Windows 95 is currently in Extended Phase which means that there are only paid hotfixes. It will enter the Unsupported Phase by the end of this year, where only online support information will be available. Windows 98 (first and second edition) and NT4 will enter Extended Phase on June 30, 2002 and the Non-Supported Phase one year thereafter.
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/lifecycle.asp

Schließung von InstallShield Deutschland (GERMAN)

Die InstallShield Software GmbH in Ulm, deutsche Niederlassung der InstallShield Software Corporation, wurde zum 31. März 2001 aufgelöst. Den Vertrieb und Support für ganz Europa hat die InstallShield Software Ltd. in Bristol, Großbritannien übernommen.
http://www.installsite.org/isdeclose.htm

BUGS BULLETIN

New articles for InstallShield Professional - Standard Editon:

Updated articles for InstallShield Professional - Standard Editon:

New and updated articles for InstallShield Professional - Windows Installer Editon:

New articles for the Windows Installer runtime engine:

New and updated articles for vendor created merge modules:

For the latest information, details and workarounds frequently check the Bugs Bulletin on InstallSite

 

InstallSite Newsletter 3/2001

March 12, 2001

NEW ON INSTALLSITE

2001-03-12 Install Printer Driver
2001-03-12 HTML Autoplay updated
2001-03-08 IPWI Bug List updated after release of IPWI 2.03
2001-03-07 Merge Module List updated for VS6 SP5
2001-03-07 Bug information for Microsoft Merge Modules updated
2001-03-07 Wizard Style CD Browser updated
2001-02-28 HTML Autoplay updated
2001-02-28 Self-Registration Monitor updated
2001-02-22 Informationen in Deutsch
2001-02-22 Bugs Bulletin updated for IPWI
2001-02-22 Bugs Bulletin updated for IPSE 6
2001-02-19 Windows Installer FAQ
2001-02-16 Added description for ComponentSaveTarget in the Event Maps
2001-02-12 InstallShield for Windows Installer Developer's Guide available
2001-02-12 Handling MSI Source Pointers

NEWS AND RUMORS

IS6: Setting Properties in the NT Service Object at Runtime

You can set the properties of InstallShield's NT Services Object dynamically at runtime of your setup, e.g. to specify the user name and  password. Instructions and a reference for all properties of the NT Service object can be found in knowledge base article Q105117
http://support.installshield.com/kb/display.asp?documents_id=105117

InstallShield Professional - Windows Installer Edition 2.03

The latest version of IPWI has been released on March 6, 2001. It fixes several problems and includes the latest merge modules from Microsoft Visual Studio 6 Service Pack 5. This release is a full install package, not a patch, and has a download size of about 85 MB.
IPWI 2.03 is available for current owners of IPWI 2.0x at
http://support.installshield.com/download/ipwi203.asp

Windows Installer Books

"The Official InstallShield for Windows Installer Developer's Guide" is now available. This book, written by InstallShield insider Bob Baker, has 950 pages of information about Windows Installer and InstallShield. The companion CD-ROM includes (among other things) a .pdf version of the book which enables you to perform a full text search on the content. The table of contents can be found here: http://www.installsite.org/iswi/books.htm

"VB/VBA Developer's Guide to the Windows Installer" is the other available book on the topic. On 370 pages Mike Gunderloy describes Windows Installer, its tables and actions in general. For more information see http://www.installsite.org/iswi/books.htm

"Windows Installer Complete" by Leslie Easter is not available, and there is no reliable information about the publication date. I'm trying to find out more from the author and from the publisher. Updated information will be published on InstallSite and in this newsletter.

Job Openings

InstallShield Software Ltd. (Bristol, UK) is offering two jobs:

Bilingual German Consultant in Europe
http://www.installsite.org/jobs/isemeade.htm

Bilingual French Tech Trainer in England
http://www.installsite.org/jobs/isemeafr.htm

InstallSite in GERMAN

Das deutschsprachige Angebot auf InstallSite wird nach und nach erweitert. Neben der Eingansseite, die auch spezifische Informationen für Entwickler im deutschen Sprachraum bietet, stehen deutschsprachige Diskussionsgruppen zur Verfügung. Aber auch auf die englischsprachigen Seiten kann zugegriffen werden. Zur deutschen InstallSite gelangen Sie über http://www.installsite.de

IPWI 2.03 Maintenance Pack für Kunden von InstallShield Deutschland

In Version 2.03 von InstallShield Professional - Windows Installer Edition wurden einige Fehler behoben. Ausserdem sind die neuesten Merge Module aus dem Service Pack 5 für Microsoft Visual Studio 6 enthalten. Das Update ist nur in Englisch verfügbar. Es handelt sich nicht um einen Patch, sondern um um ein vollständiges Installationspaket mit einer Downloadgröße von über 80 MB.
http://www.installshield.de

MSI Sonderaktion bei InstallShield Deutschland

Noch bis Ende März bietet InstallShield Deutschland folgende Windows Installer Produkte verbilligt an:

http://www.installsite.de/msiaktion/

Upgrade-Frist läuft aus

Am 31. März endet die Möglichkeit, vorhandene Versionen von InstallShield Professional 5 auf eines der aktuellen Produkte (IPSE 6 oder IPWI 2) zum Updatepreis umzustellen. Danach wird IS 5 nicht mehr als Basis für ein Update anerkannt.
http://www.installshield.de/de/action/update.htm

BUGS BULLETIN

Updated articles for InstallShield Professional - Standard Editon:

New and updated articles for InstallShield Professional - Windows Installer Editon:

Updated articles for Microsoft Merge Modules and the Windows Installer runtime engine:

For the latest information, details and workarounds frequently check the Bugs Bulletin on InstallSite

 

InstallSite Newsletter 2/2001

February 9, 2001

NEW ON INSTALLSITE

2001-02-08 How to Avoid Maintenance Mode updated
2001-02-03 Windows Installer Books delayed
2001-02-03 Availability of IPSE 6.22 GERMAN Edition
2001-02-02 New Job: Bilingual German Consultant in Europe
2001-01-30 Setup Launcher for Windows Installer updated
2001-01-30 Bugs Bulletin for Windows Installer Engine updated
2001-01-30 WfWI 3.1 released
2001-01-30 Bugs Bulletin updated for IPSE 6
2001-01-30 Documentation Generator for IS5/6
2001-01-23 Setup Launcher to Suppress Maintenance Mode in IS6 updated
2001-01-19 SQL Server Database Maintenance with IPSE
2001-01-19 Crystal Reports Merge Module updated
2001-01-19 Bugs Bulletin updated for IPSE 6

NEWS AND RUMORS

Job Openings

InstallShield Software Ltd. (Bristol, UK) is offering two jobs:

Bilingual German Consultant in Europe [NEW]
http://www.installsite.org/jobs/isemeade.htm

Bilingual French Tech Trainer in England
http://www.installsite.org/jobs/isemeafr.htm

Vignette Corp. (Austin, TX) has the following position still open:

Installation Engineer for Installshield and UNIX-based packaging utilities
http://www.installsite.org/jobs/vignette.htm

Windows Installer Books

Here are the latest news about the scheduled release dates.

VB/VBA Developer's Guide to the Windows Installer
- available

The Official InstallShield for Windows Installer Developer's Guide
- announced for February 2001

Windows Installer Complete
- announced publication dates vary from May - June 2001

For more information see http://www.installsite.org/iswi/books.htm

New Forums on InstallSite

A new software for the discussion groups on InstallSite has been installed, and new forums are available for Windows Installer, InstallShield 6, InstallShield 5 and other tools. All groups are available in English and German language. The old groups can be accessed read-only until February 15, 2001.
http://www.installsite.org/community.htm

GERMAN Windows Installer Newsgroup

Microsoft hat eine deutschsprachige Newsgroup zum Thema Windows Installer eingerichtet: microsoft.public.de.german.entwickler.windows.installer auf news://msnews.microsoft.com

Verfügbarkeit von IPSE 6.22 GERMAN

Die GERMAN Edition (mit lokalisierter Entwicklungsumgebung) von IPSE 6.22 wird zur Zeit "aufgrund von Qualitätsproblemen in der Online-Hilfe" nicht verkauft. Sie ist aber auf Wunsch von InstallShield Deutschland erhältlich.
http://www.installsite.org/bugs_is6.htm#ipse622de

Upgrade von InstallShield 5.x auf Version 6.x oder Windows Installer

InstallShield Deutschland bietet nur noch bis Ende März die Möglichkeit, vorhandene Versionen von InstallShield Professional 5 auf eines der aktuellen Produkte zum Updatepreis umzustellen.
http://www.installshield.de/de/action/update.htm

BUGS BULLETIN

Updated articles for InstallShield Professional - Standard Editon 6.22:

New articles for the Windows Installer runtime engine:

For the latest information, details and workarounds frequently check the Bugs Bulletin on InstallSite

 

InstallSite Newsletter 1/2001

January 15, 2001

NEW ON INSTALLSITE

2001-01-15 IPWI Repackaging Newsgroup
2001-01-13 Bugs Bulletin updated for IPSE 6
2001-01-13 Custom Script Include Paths
2001-01-12 Windows Installer 1.5 Beta SDK and Runtime
2001-01-12 MS XML Parser merge module
2001-01-12 Bug information for MSDE merge modules updated
2001-01-12 Turning on SQL Authentication with MSDE Merge Modules
2001-01-12 Updated several User Created Merge Modules
2001-01-04 Status information in the IPSE 6 Bugs Bulletin updated
2000-12-30 Job opening at Vignette Corp. in Texas
2000-12-30 WfWI 3.01 and IS Express 3.03 released
2000-12-23 Bugs Bulletin updated for IPSE 6
2000-12-18 Job opening at InstallShield UK in Bristol
2000-12-13 Job opening at Oracle Corp. in California
2000-12-13 InCtrl5 tool to monitor setup programs
2000-12-08 Bugs Bulletin updated for IPSE 6

NEWS AND RUMORS

Job Openings

Oracle Corp. (Redwood City, CA):
Database Install and Release Engineers
http://www.installsite.org/jobs/oracle.htm

InstallShield Software Ltd. (Bristol, UK):
Bilingual Tech Trainer for EMEA Region
http://www.installsite.org/jobs/isemea.htm

Vignette Corp. (Austin, TX):
Installation Engineer for Installshield and UNIX-based packaging utilities
http://www.installsite.org/jobs/vignette.htm

InstallShield Professional 6 Engine Hotfix

The hotfix for iKernel.exe solves some problems with child setups that are launched with DoInstall.
http://support.installshield.com/kb/display.asp?documents_id=105097

MDAC 2.6 and DicrectX 8 Objects for IPSE 6.22

InstallShield released InstallShield Objects to include MDAC 2.6 and DirectX 8 with your setup. They require InstallShield Professional - Standard Edition 6.22.
http://support.installshield.com/download/objects.asp

InstallDialogue 3.0 Released

InstallDialogue is a tool to create new and enhance existing dialogs in InstallShield Professional 5 and 6. The new version 3.0 improves support for IS6 built in dialogs by entroducing a feature to capture events on the dialogs without access to the source code (dialog .rul files). You can now perform actions upon dialog initialization (e.g. to move the dialog or to add controls) and when any control is clicked, edit box contents change etc. The update is free for all users of previous versions, and for new customers a special discount is available until February 15, 2001.
http://moonsea.com

Windows 2000 SP1 as MSI Package

Microsoft has release a Windows Installer package (Update.msi) to deploy Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows 2000. It is available in 25 languages.
http://microsoft.com/Windows2000/downloads/recommended/sp1/msi/default.asp

Windows Installer 1.5 Beta

The beta runtime files and SDK for version 1.5 of MSI is available for download. It introduces support for .NET, 64-bit Windows, digital signing of MSI, MST, and MSP files, web-enabled Setup.exe bootstrapper etc. The runtime installer can update the MSI engine on Windows 2000.
http://www.installsite.org/w2k_msiauth.htm#msisdk15

Windows Installer Repackaging Newsgroup

InstallShield has created a newsgroup regarding the repackaging feature of InstallShield Professional - Windows Installer Edition.
news://news.installshield.com/installshield.iswi.repackaging

InstallShield Express 3.03 Maintenance Release

The latest version of ISX fixes many bugs and adds several features, such as:

ISX 3.03 is avalailable as free download for all ISX 3.x users.
http://support.installshield.com/download/isx303.asp

Microsoft Merge Modules

Microsoft has released a merge module for XML Parser 3.0.
http://www.msdn.microsoft.com/xml/general/msxmlmergemodule.asp

Updated MSDE merge modules are available on the SQL Server refresh CD (released November 2000). Unfortunately they only fix some of the known problems in these modules (see the Bugs Bulletin on InstallSite for details). To obtain the Refresh CD contact Microsoft Product Support Services (http://support.microsoft.com/directory/overview.asp)

MDAC Merge Module Update

InstallShield has released an updated version of their MDAC 2.5 merge module, which is essentially a wrapper for Microsoft's mdac_typ.exe.
http://support.installshield.com/kb/display.asp?documents_id=105092

IPWI 2.02 GERMAN Maintenance Pack

InstallShield Professional - Windows Installer Edition 2.02 German ist verfügbar.
http://www.installshield.de

BUGS BULLETIN

New articles for InstallShield Professional - Standard Editon 6.22:

Updated articles for InstallShield Professional - Standard Editon 6.22:

Status information for several other articles has also been updated

New and updated articles for Microsoft Merge Modules:

For the latest information, details and workarounds frequently check the Bugs Bulletin on InstallSite

 

 

 

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