Do you know what tools to use to create Setup packages?

Last updated by Danijelmalik over 9 years ago.See history

Market is full of tools that can create Setup packages, but only a few are really good.

WiX is the ultimate tool which gives you complete freedom and control over Setup packages.

Here are reasons why WiX is the way to go:

  • It is all done in XML
  • It integrates with Visual Studio
  • Full control over packages logic and UI
  • It is a recommended choice by Microsoft
  • It is FREE

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Figure: Good Example - WiX Installer for Code Auditor

But WiX has one bad side as well – learning curve is high. Not everyone can afford learning it. The alternative is Advanced Installer.

Advanced Installer makes it easy for you to create Setup packages using a very sophisticated GUI.

A few reasons why Advanced Installer could be your choice:

  • It has a very sophisticated and easy to use GUI
  • It gives you wide range of options (IIS, Dialog Editor, Custom Actions, Digital Signature, Auto Updater, App Virtualization, SCCM, etc)
  • Price vs performance ratio is great + it has a FREE version which is in many cases more than enough

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Figure: Good Example - Advanced Installer

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