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ANN: New InstallAware 6.0 is first to market with Windows Vista and hybrid 64/32 bit system support for installing software, updates, and device drivers.

 
 
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      6th Jun 2006
San Francisco, CA, June 6 2006 - InstallAware Software Corporation
has released InstallAware 6.0, a setup authoring tool for ISVs and
enterprises deploying products, patches, updates, and device drivers.
InstallAware 6.0 creates Windows Installer setup packages with support
for the latest technologies, including Microsoft .NET 2.0, Microsoft
SQL Server Express 2005 Service Pack 1, Windows Vista, 64 bit operating
systems, and Driver Installation Frameworks 2.01.

"A significant achievement in version 6 is the InstallAware Web
Update mechanism," says Tod Curtis, Vice President of Research and
Development at InstallAware. "It's demonstrative of the design
philosophy behind all of InstallAware. Fully standards compliant- it
looks and feels just like Windows Update. Fully customizable -
developers can edit every update dialog, and tweak the update logic.
Easy to use - works out of the box without surprises. And, it is the
first solution to market with complete source code for the update
client. The Web Update client was written entirely in InstallAware's
MSIcode scripting language, which is a testament to the power and
richness of MSIcode."

MSIcode is InstallAware's fourth-generation language for creating
Windows Installer databases, without requiring programming skills.
Still unmatched in the industry two years after its debut, MSIcode is a
human-readable script, with conditional statements and branching
execution. The simplicity of MSIcode significantly lowers the barrier
to entry for Windows Installer development, a task with a sharp
learning curve. "Anyone can author a setup in InstallAware using
MSIcode," adds Curtis, "and the beauty of InstallAware is that when
a setup is built, the intelligent and human-readable MSIcode is
automatically converted into a logo-certifiable, standards-compliant
Windows Installer database, without requiring too much effort on the
part of the developer."

Also new to InstallAware 6 is Driver Installation Frameworks 2.01
(DIFx) support, hybrid 64/32 bit installations from a single setup
file, the ability to minimize setups to the system tray and show
message balloons, Windows Task Scheduler support, and detection of
Virtual PC and VMware virtual machines. The setup user interface now
supports building tabbed dialogs, like those used in the Office 2007
installer. The IDE now offers intelligent warnings and tips as MSIcode
is being built, avoiding common setup authoring pitfalls. A new sample
project illustrates detecting and connecting to instances of Microsoft
SQL Server locally and on the network, together with pre-built dialogs
that enumerate and test a server connection. Another new sample for
driver installations simulates connecting a virtual "toaster" to
the computer and automatically installs its plug-and-play drivers,
implemented entirely in MSIcode.

InstallAware 6's own setup serves as showcase for InstallAware's
advanced technology. Users choose the product edition they wish to
install directly in the setup wizard, and setup dynamically defines the
corresponding product features. The minimum setup option works without
requiring an Internet connection, and additional features are
downloaded on-demand when selected. The user is surveyed, again
directly within the install wizard, both when installing and
uninstalling, and the results are seamlessly submitted online.

"We take the rocket science out of Windows Installer and software
installations," says Jeremy Garrett, Vice President of Marketing at
InstallAware. "Why hassle with an overly complex product when it only
takes one click to check for Vista machines, one click to test for 64
bit systems, one click to install complex runtimes, such as Microsoft
SQL Server Express and .NET Framework. And, it only takes one click to
create patches. Again, it's just one click to install multiple
instances of the same application on the same computer. And, we give
you the actual code that performs each task, so you can review and
customize as necessary."

InstallAware is available in four editions, with prices starting at
US$199. A time limited trial and more information is available at
http://www.installaware.com/.

About InstallAware Software Corporation

InstallAware Software Corporation, founded in 2003, is a software
development company focused solely on state of the art software
installation tools which offer the highest compression ratios and
bullet-proof installations. The company produces software installation
and compression technologies for the Windows Installer (MSI) platform
on the Microsoft Windows Operating System. InstallAware is supported
by thousands of users worldwide, and is a Borland Technology Partner.
For more information, visit www.installaware.com.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Jeremy Garrett
InstallAware Software Corporation
336 Guerrero Street, San Francisco CA 94103
415 839 7445 (voice)
415 358 4094 (fax)
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http://www.installaware.com/

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States and/or other countries.

 
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