New Version 2018
InstallShield: Features

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


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.

Create Windows Server App Packages (WSA) from MSI Projects Premier and Professional Editions

Get ready for Nano Server and Windows Server 2016 deployments by building Windows Server App packages from your existing InstallShield projects. Simultaneously create both Windows Server App packages and Windows Installer packages in your build process to easily support all of your customers’ desired deployment scenarios.

Combine Multiple UWP App Packages into One Premier Edition

Develop your installation in modules for easier deployment and maintenance, and then merge the components and dependencies at build time into a single UWP app (Appx) package for the Windows Store. For direct distribution outside the store, bundle your UWP App Packages and other dependencies together with a Suite/Advanced UI installer.

Windows Installer (MSI) Installations Premier, Professional and Express Editions

Quickly and easily create Windows Installer (MSI) installations with advanced support for SQL databases, enhanced options in IIS view (Premier and Professional only), XML editing and much more with InstallShield's intuitive graphical development environment.

InstallScript Installations Premier and Professional Editions

Achieve maximum flexibility in your software installations with InstallScript—a powerful and easy-to-use scripting language. Create script-based installations and Windows Installer Custom Actions.

Convert MSIs to Microsoft® App-V 5.1 Premier Edition

Provide flexible installation options for your enterprise customers by creating both Microsoft App-V 5.1 packages and Windows Installer MSI installations from the same build process. Improve your team’s ability to quickly test and troubleshoot customer issues by providing them with instant streaming access to virtualized instances of multiple product versions. *Requires Microsoft App-V.

Mapped MSI Table Relationships Premier and Professional Editions

Gain insight into how MSI tables are related for more precise editing and troubleshooting. Quickly see how those changes will impact your installer to reduce the unintended consequences of manual table editing.

Custom Bootstrappers to Bundle Universal Windows Platform App Packages, MSI Installers, and More Premier Edition

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.

Custom Windows 10 Tiles Premier, Professional and Express Editions

Make your Windows Installer and UWP desktop applications “pop” on the Windows 10 Start screen with vibrant tiles for increased user engagement.

Multilingual Support Premier Edition

InstallShield’s development tools are available in both English and Japanese language editions. Localize installations using InstallShield’s default run-time strings in 35 languages, and add your own strings for other languages. Add conditions to deliver different files, registry entries and other resources for each supported language.

Install Web Applications to Microsoft® Azure and Microsoft IIS using Microsoft Web Deploy Premier Edition

With the new support for Microsoft Web Deploy, Suite/Advanced UI installations give your customers the flexibility to deploy web applications to their choice of infrastructure—local machines, remote servers in the data center or to Microsoft Azure in the cloud.

Automatically Provision Virtual Machines for Simple Installation Testing Premier Edition

Reduce testing time and eliminate manual steps by automatically provisioning virtual machines; choose your test images and InstallShield will automatically power on the virtual machine and stage your installation for testing. *Requires VMware® vSphere, VMware Workstation, or Microsoft Hyper-V®.

Microsoft Team Foundation Server Integration Premier, Professional and Express Editions

Compile, build and manage InstallShield projects on TFS build servers. Use Team Explorer to configure, schedule, and queue builds for InstallShield projects together with Visual Studio solution builds.


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