New Version 2018
InstallShield

How the World Builds MSI and EXE Installers and UWP and WSA Packages for Windows Applications

Deliver a Consistent, Successful User Experience with Every Installation

Make a great first impression with your software. More than 100,000 application producers choose InstallShield to develop MSI and EXE installers, create Universal Windows Platform app packages and virtualize their apps. On agile or traditional development teams. Creating standalone offerings or complex suites. Deployed to the Windows Store or Nano Server.

Webinar: What’s New in InstallShield 2018

In this complimentary webinar, learn about the latest enhancements to InstallShield 2018. This release showcases InstallShield 2018 as your first line of defense against OSS security and IP compliance risks with a quick scan of your project

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As open source software takes up a larger share of your component list, InstallShield helps you mitigate the risks of OSS code with a quick scan of your project.

With InstallShield, you’ll adapt to industry changes quickly, get to market faster and deliver an engaging customer experience. And know the vulnerability of your project’s OSS components before you ship.

The result? Productivity: up. Extra scripting/coding/rework: way down.

Simpler, cleaner installs, upgrades and uninstalls with Universal Windows Platform support

  • Develop MSI and EXE installers, and create Universal Windows Platform (UWP) and Windows Server App packages with minimal scripting, coding and rework.
  • Prep applications for Windows Store and Nano Server.

Simplify virtual and cloud-based deployments

  • Use multi-tier installation templates to deploy Web/server applications as a single cloud-ready package
  • Deploy to hybrid cloud databases with Microsoft Azure SQL Database support
  • Support enterprise application virtualization adoption by validating compatibility and creating Microsoft App-V packages

Most popular solution for Microsoft Windows and Visual Studio support

  • The fast, easy way to build Windows installers
  • Create installations directly within Microsoft Visual Studio
  • Support enterprise customers with ISO 19770-2 software inventory tags, PowerShell scripting, and Sideloading of Windows Store Apps

Deliver a seamless customer user experience

  • Create installers that match your company and product branding with InstallShield's Advanced UI editor
  • Support continuous release processes by streaming the latest updates and patches at install time, ensuring users always install the latest version
  • Localize installation text in 35 different languages

Future-proof your project from OSS vulnerabilities

  • InstallShield* is the only installation automation solution to check for OSS security and IP compliance risks with one scan of your project.

What's New in InstallShield 2018

  • Open Source Software Detection and Risk Assessment* – Make InstallShield your first line of defense against potential OSS vulnerabilities. One fast, automated scan identifies OSS components in the project. Know your licensing obligations and make informed ship/no-ship decisions.
  • Windows Installer (MSI) Installations – Quickly and easily create Windows Installer (MSI) installations with advanced support for SQL databases, enhanced options in IIS view (Premier and Professional editions only), XML editing and much more with InstallShield’s intuitive graphical development environment.
  • Custom Bootstrappers to Bundle Universal Windows – Suite/Advanced UI installations bundle Universal Windows Platform app packages, MSI installers, EXE setups, Web Deploy packages and more into a single installer for simple installation by your customers. Enhancements offer more control for suite installation authors. Installers can be bundled with their dependencies, server configuration tasks, PowerShell scripts, and all the required components of a complex installation.

*InstallShield 2018 includes a free, one-year subscription to FlexNet Code Aware.

Features

Open Source Software Detection and Risk Assessment* Premier, Professional and Express Editions

Make InstallShield your first line of defense against potential OSS vulnerabilities. One fast, automated scan identifies OSS components in the project. Know your licensing obligations and make informed ship/no-ship decisions.

*InstallShield 2018 includes a free, one-year subscription to FlexNet Code Aware.

Test Your App for Compatibility with Universal Windows Platform (UWP) App Packages and Windows Server App Packages Premier and Professional Editions

Scan your InstallShield project in seconds to save hours of investigative work by automatically identifying potential compatibility issues between your application and Microsoft’s Desktop Bridge (formerly known as “Project Centennial”), and Windows Server App packages.

Create Universal Windows Platform (UWP) App Packages from MSI Projects Premier and Professional Editions

Prepare for the Windows Store and simplify your software’s installation experience on Windows 10 by building Universal Windows Platform app packages (formerly known as “Project Centennial”) from your existing InstallShield projects. Build both Windows Installer and UWP App Packages to support all of your customers’ desired deployment scenarios.

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Editions

Express

A quick and easy tool for creating Windows installer (MSI) installations

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Professional

A powerful and flexible Windows installation solution

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Premier

World’s top Windows installation solution plus cloud and virtual

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