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InstallShield 2012 Spring
How the world builds software installations for Microsoft Windows

The World’s #1 Installation Technology—InstallShield technology is deployed by over 70,000 customers on more than 500 million desktops. Most Popular Solution for Windows 7 and Windows 8—The easy way to build Windows installers, with superior Windows Installer and 64-bit support. Unparalleled Support for Visual Studio 2010 and 2012—Microsoft recommends their Visual Studio customers build installers with InstallShield. More than Desktops— Easily build installations for server, Web, and mobile applications. Native Language Installers— Built-in support for localizing setups for 35 languages. Two Licensing Options— Choose node-locked or concurrent licensing that developers can share. Three Editions and Two Languages—Premier, Professional, and Express Editions available in English and Japanese.

If you build applications for Windows®, InstallShield® is your solution. InstallShield makes it easy for development teams to be more agile, flexible and collaborative when building reliable Windows Installer (MSI) and InstallScript installations for desktop, server, Web, and mobile applications.

your applications when, where and how they are needed.

Your Customers’ First Experience Occurs at Product Installation

Software is Getting More Complex

The technology marketplace continues to change at an unprecedented pace, favoring Software Producers that can adapt quickly. To stay competitive Software Producers must go to market faster, and create an exceptional customer experience consistent with the “there’s an app for that” mindset and expectation that pervades the market.

InstallShield is the only installation solution capable of supporting the needs of today’s sophisticated Software Producers for packaging both standalone offerings and complex suites. InstallShield 2012 Spring empowers Software Producers with support for: emerging technologies— Microsoft® Windows® 8, Windows Server® 2012 and Visual Studio® 2012; both traditional and agile development processes; and the unique product packaging needs of today’s global Software Producers. It meets the exacting standards of the new generation of app-savvy users by delivering a positive and modern end-user experience. And, it provides automated tools that allow Software Producers to productize, bundle and install their products in both traditional MSI and virtual application formats. It does all this while enabling the Enterprise transformation with support for Microsoft’s SQL Azure™ hybrid cloud deployments and System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.
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Enterprises Demand More Flexibility

Your Enterprise customers are in the midst of a significant transformation – the consumerization of IT, desktop transformations, and leveraging the cloud. All this creates new opportunities for Software Producers that are prepared. Enterprises are selecting Software Producers whose applications are easy to install, deploy and manage. Flexera Software and InstallShield are at the forefront of this transformation by providing a strategic installation solution that makes it easy for Enterprise customers to deploy and manage



“Accenture is dedicated to developing differentiated software-based solutions across a wide range of industries to help organizations meet their business goals. The dynamic installation experience that we create ensures smooth adoption in enterprise environments. This is just as important as the functionality of the software products as a whole. Our priority is a practical application of new technologies that work in a business environment and drive business outcomes. The ability to tailor our software to individual needs and – by easy-of-use – to eliminate implementation barriers is essential in order that we can offer configurable and customizable support for an individual organization’s requirements. To this end, we chose the versatile and robust InstallShield because of Flexera Software’s domain expertise in innovative and flexible software suite products.” Ferdi Öztürk Delivery Excellence Specialist Accenture

InstallShield 2012 Spring—Microsoft’s installat ion solut ion of choice includes t he following new capabilit ies:
Support for New Microsoft Technologies
Hybrid Cloud Deployments The cloud is transforming how application data is accessed and stored, and to meet customer demand, Software Producers must support their products both on-premises and in hybrid cloud environments. InstallShield 2012 Spring includes new SQL Azure database scripting capabilities enabling Software Producers to support hybrid cloud SQL deployments. Support for Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and Visual Studio 2012 Microsoft’s release of a new Windows Operating System and Visual Studio are major events in 2012 – and InstallShield 2012 Spring offers support for these. InstallShield now allows specification that the installation requires Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012, plus it lets you build feature and component conditions for these operating systems. Being the first to support these new technologies demonstrates your commitment to supporting the latest technology.

Better End-User Experience

Advanced Wizard Page Editor and Redesigned Wizard Pages A new generation of “app-store savvy” users means the bar has been raised for installation runtime. Current MSI dialogs are very limited and prevent Software Producers from being able to deliver a modern experience. InstallShield 2012 Spring includes an entirely new end-user interface with redesigned built-in wizard pages and a new wizard page editor to create a better run-time experience. Automatic Checking for Installer Updates and Patches Update and patch deployment is a key element of modern software applications. Software Producers must continually update their applications to keep up with customer demand. InstallShield 2012 Spring checks for the latest updates and patches at installer run-time. If an update is found, it will automatically be downloaded and run in place of the old installer ensuring that users always have the latest version of the application installed. Suite Installation Enhancements The need to bundle multiple products and packages together and deliver a unified installation experience continues to rise, resulting in widespread adoption of the InstallShield 2012 Premier Suite/ Advanced UI project type. We’ve incorporated customer requests into the new Suite capabilities available in InstallShield 2012 Spring, including the ability to import and reference PRQ files as Suite packages, dynamic links for Suite packages, advanced reporting and logging on Suite packages as well as a new UI for custom conditions.

“Our enterprise customers are interested in adopting hybrid on-premise/cloud solutions that help in their transition to the cloud. InstallShield 2012 Spring’s support of SQL Azure helps ensure we can deliver a firstrate installation experience in traditional, on-premise as well as hybrid cloud environments.” Mikhail Dikov Principal Software Engineer Open Text

Enable Enterprise Transformation

Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Support Many Enterprises are migrating to Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and need accurate deployment metadata to populate its new App model. InstallShield 2012 Spring enables Software Producers to provide this metadata to their Enterprise customers, reducing the Enterprises’ burden in managing their application. PowerShell Support PowerShell™ has become the standard for scripting in the Enterprise. InstallShield 2012 Spring includes support for custom actions that run PowerShell scripts. This helps Software Producers streamline installation scripting requirements and support best practices of their Enterprise customers.

Flexera Software: Industry Leader in Installation Solutions

Flexera Software’s InstallShield – the industry’s global de facto standard for Windows installations for over 20 years – continues to innovate with a world-class installation solution that supports the installation authoring, building and bundling requirements of today’s traditional and decentralized agile development teams. InstallShield 2012 Spring InstallShield 2012 InstallShield 2011

NEW! Hybrid Cloud Deployments
New Microsoft® SQL Azure™ database scripting capabilities enable hybrid cloud SQL deployments

NEW! Support for Microsoft® Windows® 8 and Windows Server® 2012
Includes support for Microsoft Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

NEW! Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2012 Support NEW! Advanced Wizard Page Editor and Redesigned Wizard Pages

“SQL Azure is a highly available and scalable cloud database service, built on SQL Server technologies, that makes it easy for enterprises to extend solutions to the cloud without having to migrate all of their data or existing enterprise datacenter applications at once. InstallShield 2012 Spring’s support of SQL Azure database scripting is critical to software producers that want to facilitate their customers’ application migrations to hybrid cloud environments.” Gregory Leake Director, Product Marketing Microsoft

Includes support for Microsoft Visual Studio 2012

Provides an entirely new end-user interface with redesigned built-in wizard pages and a new wizard page editor

ENHANCED! Suite Installation

Enhanced Suite/Advanced UI project type provides more capabilities to bundle multiple products together into a single suite installation

NEW! Microsoft® System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Support
Enables Software Producers to provide required deployment metadata to their Enterprise customers

NEW! PowerShell Support

InstallShield 2012 Spring enables Software Producers to streamline installation scripting requirements

Suite Installation

Easily bundle multiple products together into a single, unified installation

Installation Streaming

End users only need download a small file to quickly start the installation

InstallShield Collaboration Add-On

“As a reliable and effective government contractor we are continually enhancing and improving our applications, making it essential for customer satisfaction that users are on the latest versions of our products. We have to provide reliability and quality under pressure for our customers. In these efforts InstallShield continues to differentiate itself from other installation solutions through innovative enhancements that help create stronger connections between our software and our customers.” Limited Aysen Bankeroglu Principal Configuration Management Engineer REI Systems

Supports distributed, collaborative installation development. which allows developers and technical writers to separately create and manage their portion of the installation.

Software Identification Tagging

Creates ISO 19770-2 software identification tag as part of the installation development process
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InstallShield Prerequisites for Installing New Technologies
Includes new prerequisites that install Internet Explorer 9, SQL Server 2008 R2 Native client, Windows Identify Foundation, and more

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Comprehensive 64-Bit Application Support

Comprehensive support for 64-bit installation development including identifying 64-bit dependencies of the 64-bit files in a project; setting permissions for files, folders and registry keys; and a prerequisite that installs the 64-bit version of the Microsoft VSTO 2010 Runtime


Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 Support

Build installations inside the Visual Studio 2010 IDE and deploy applications targeting .NET 4. Include new .NET prerequisites with installations

Integration with Microsoft Team Foundation Server

Compile, build, and manage InstallShield projects and Visual Studio solutions in a single environment

Predefined System Searches

Have installations check if Adobe Reader 10, Internet Explorer 9, or Microsoft Office (2010, 2007, or 2003) are installed on a target system

Expiring Setup Launchers Microsoft App-V Support

Prevent your end users from installing outdated versions of your applications Deploy your applications as App-V virtual packages that run without conflict
With Virtualization Pack With Virtualization Pack With Virtualization Pack

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Support Multilingual Support

Install your applications flawlessly on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Present installation text in up to 35 languages

Standalone Build Add-On

Maintain a clean build system by using the part of InstallShield that builds the installations, plus any redistributables that you want to include in your installations

About Flexera Software

Flexera Software is the leading provider of strategic solutions for Application Usage Management; solutions delivering continuous compliance, optimized usage and maximized value to application producers and their customers. Flexera Software is trusted by more than 80,000 customers that depend on our comprehensive solutions - from installation and licensing, entitlement and compliance management to application readiness and enterprise license optimization - to strategically manage application usage and achieve breakthrough results realized only through the systems-level approach we provide. For more information, please go to:

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