InstallAware X15 with Context Menu Bridge Coming This Friday

The date is almost here! Get ready for InstallAware X15 with the industry’s one and only Context Menu Bridge:

– Three Technology Stacks: Save having to learn COM (IExplorerCommand), MSIX (sparse packages), and Windows Runtime (WinRT APIs) – just to get your right-click extensions working in Windows 11!

– New Application Runtime: Tick a single check-box in the Application Runtimes designer (Context Menu Bridge), paste your existing IContextMenu CLSIDs, and you’re done!

– Context Menu Bridge Plug-In: This new plug-in wraps any number of IContextMenu COM objects inside its own IExplorerCommand COM object at build time. It also creates a sparse MSIX package you may use to install your newly bridged menus.

– (Un)Install Sparse MSIX Package Plug-In: This new plug-in then registers (or removes) the sparse MSIX package produced by the new Context Menu Bridge plug-in above.

– Nothing Hard-Coded: Use either the built-in application runtime, or go under the hood via the new plug-ins above. Either way, save yourself hundreds of hours of time.

Nobody does Windows 11 like InstallAware X15!

New! InstallAware X15 with Context Menu Bridge

New InstallAware X15 is launching on March 25th! Take a look at what we’ve been brewing for you:

– Context Menu Bridge: Those of you who have been with us for a long time will recall our slogan “Windows Installer without Rocket Science”. Well, context menus for the new Windows 11 File Explorer are a new breed of rocket science. Worry not, as our engineers worked day and night to help you cheat fate!

– Zero Recompile: Easily carry over your existing Windows File Explorer context menus (IContextMenu objects) to the new Windows 11 File Explorer (IExplorerCommand objects) with absolutely zero code changes – not even so much as a recompile! Port anything from a single menu to multiple cascaded menus.

– Sparse MSIX Package Generation and (Un)Registration: That’s a mouthful, right? Well, we did warn you this was a bit of rocket science, didn’t we! While context menu registration is no longer as easy as just writing to the registry, we generate the necessary “sparse MSIX packages” for you, and register them too!

– Native Access to the Top Menu: The end-result? All your legacy context menu items now show on the new Windows 11 File Explorer at the top level, without your end-users having to click that pesky “Show more options” item, or having to use Windows 11 hacks disabling the new context menu altogether.

– Nothing Left Behind: Even if your existing menus have their own submenus, we flatten them out for you. Are they already grouped under a single parent menu item? We take care of that too. Are they invoked for only particular file types? Magically works, no gripes! Of course, we launch your native actions upon clicks.

Only InstallAware X15 ports 100% of your existing right-click menus, preserving 100% of your originally coded dynamic menu item captions and invocation behavior; seamlessly working around any new limitations introduced by Windows 11’s new IExplorerCommand based implementation approach.

Remember, at InstallAware – we’re all about taking the rocket science out of your work – letting you concentrate on the actual fun bits for a change!

Apache Log4j Vulnerability (CVE-2021-44228)

A new vulnerability (CVE-2021-44228) involving Apache Log4j was discovered Tuesday, December 14, 2021. This vulnerability enables hackers to attack users’ computers once accessed and input a variety of malicious data—potentially compromising sensitive personal, business, or financial information.

Apache has already released a patch for the vulnerability.

Due to the technical specificity of the Apache Log4j vulnerability, no InstallAware development tools were impacted by the Apache Log4j vulnerability (CVE-2021-44228). InstallAware products do not utilize Log4j and are therefore not affected.

NEW! InstallAware X14.1

This major upgrade for InstallAware implements even more of your recent requests:

o EV Certificates:
Fully automated code signing without manual password input, no need for custom build events.

o Dark Mode:
Just recompile your setups and they automatically support Dark Mode on Windows 11 and Windows 10!

o Mica Material: Windows 11’s battery friendly, stunning upgrade to Windows 10’s Acrylic; yours again with a recompile.

Setups looking their best with a single binary:
Mica (Windows 11), Acrylic (Windows 10), Glass (Windows 7), Luna (Windows XP).

Stepping up to InstallAware is easy! Directly import setup projects developed in virtually all alternative environments.Top

InstallAware X14 for Visual Studio 2022

Service Pack 3 for InstallAware X14 is now shipping with the following updates:

o New Runtimes: Visual C++ 17 and .NET 6 runtimes install their final respective versions in X86, X64, and ARM64 flavors.

o UI & Acrylic: Borders now supported in Acrylic dialogs! Customize window corner rounding between square, half, and full.

o AMD64 Emulation on ARM64: Detect Microsoft SQ1/SQ2 devices, delivering X86/X64/ARM64 payloads from a single binary.

o Visual Studio 2022 Final Version: Build setups/MSIX packages from your Visual Studio 2022 projects in a single click.

Stepping up to InstallAware is easy! All your existing projects work verbatim. Enjoy all benefits with just a straight recompile. Directly import setup projects developed in virtually all alternative environments.

InstallAware X14’s First Update Is Here

Ever dream of a better installer, one that is not only more stable and scalable, but also easier to integrate and customize?

InstallAware, a recognized technology leader in the DevOps space, is the answer to your prayers.

InstallAware is plainly the most aggressively updated and optimized setup technology that exists today:

– Zero known issues policy.
– Seamless upgrades from version to version, major or minor.
– Same-day support for new technologies, frameworks, and operating systems launched by Microsoft.
– A 17 year track record.

Stepping up to InstallAware is easy! Directly import setup projects developed in a majority of alternative environments.

Use the industry’s fastest setup capture for those stubborn, opaque projects that you do not have the sources for.

From building patches just by referencing your old setup binaries to Ethereum payments, InstallAware rocks!

Here’s some recent additions in this major version release:

– 64-bit Visual Studio (2022) integration.
– 64-bit scripting interface for programmatic setup generation.
– Updated Windows 11 & Server 2022 feature definitions and server roles.
– New runtimes such as .NET 6 (you can try creating them on your own with the App Runtime Wizard).

InstallAware X14 is Windows 11 Ready: Are You?

Get ready for Windows 11 from day one with the new InstallAware X14, shipping on Friday this week:

Windows 11Programmatically pin apps to the new Windows 11 Start Menu/Taskbar!

Windows Features and Server Roles – Fully updated definitions for Windows 11 and Server 2022.

Microsoft .NET 6 – Deploy .NET 6 in a single click with InstallAware.

Visual Studio 202264-bit Add-In instantly creates setups for your solutions.

64-bit Scripting Interface – Programmatically emit setup scripts from 64-bit binaries.

Full-Stack ARM64 Support – Including native setup captures and a 100% runtime-free setup engine.

Ethereum Payments – Store activation details on the blockchain with instant and free transaction lookup.

Non-Fungible Tokens – Build setups as NFTs and host on decentralized BitTorrent/Magnet!

MST Transforms – Click through MSI setup pages to easily create MSI transforms.

Suite Wizard – Merge multiple setups into a master package, assigning each setup to its own feature.

Triple Hybrid Architecture – Target X86, AMD64, and AARCH64 from a single setup package.

Azure DevOps – Embrace the new normal and work from anywhere with our Team Project Explorer.

Binary Differential Patching – Just point to old setup binaries – you don’t even need their source!

MSI, EXE, MSIX, App-V – Ship all major package types from a single source.

Windows’s first major version upgrade in 6 years is here – are you ready?

InstallAware Prices Going Up 20% Past Friday

We haven’t had to raise prices at InstallAware for over a decade.
However, now we must better reflect the value of our software (1).
A 20% increase across all our product lines takes effect this Friday.

(1) Here’s a glance at some of the major innovations we’ve introduced during the past ten years:

– Seamless Unicode Upgrade (2013): Even leaving installers aside, there’s literally no software development company to have provided a 100% automatic source upgrade from ANSI to Unicode – except InstallAware.

– App-V (2011), APPX (2016), and MSIX (2018): Only InstallAware lets you target each and every one of Microsoft’s ever growing (and mutually devouring) payload delivery mechanisms from your existing, intelligently branching source.

– Triple-Hybrid X86, X64, and ARM64 Setups (2018): InstallAware was the first to target ARM64 and is still the only platform with full-stack ARM64 support, including native setup captures and Windows Feature configuration.

– BitTorrent, Magnet Links for Downloads and Hosting (2019): Supplant or replace traditional hosting. Either way, only InstallAware pulls data from decentralized networks – the true cloud that nobody owns!

– Ethereum Payments and Activations on the Blockchain (2020): Sell software for ETH at install time, or reactivate past purchases (being as lenient with hardware changes as you like). Are there any other setup builders doing this?

InstallAware simply means seamless compatibility across the broadest platforms, sustained for decades at a time!

If you haven’t tried us yet, you’ll be amazed by what you can build with InstallAware – and how quickly.

Choose InstallAware, the company that’s in *your* corner, for a change. We’ve got your back – 17 years and counting!

4th of July, 4 Leading InstallAware Solutions

Our rapidly growing folio of solutions are matched in their excellence of engineering only with their convenience of obviousness, to quote a favorite customer of InstallAware:

– NEW! Ransomware Protection: Now with Windows 11 support, freshly patented DiskZIP Offline transparently grows your disks – while also making them impregnable to all malware.

– NEW! Incremental Copy for Deduplicated Volumes: For files bigger than your free disk space, DiskZIP Max copies and compresses them in chunks, making them fit on your drives.

– NEW! InstallAware Multi-Platform:The only cross-platform setup dialog designer (and scripting) virtually identical to its Windows cousin. General availability in late 2021.

– UPDATED! InstallAware Virtualization: New major version immediately available, together with support for recent updates in Windows 10 with some breaking changesnow fixed.

– NEW! Accept Ethereum Payments: InstallAware (for Windows) takes you to the bleeding edge with support for cryptocurrency transactions, BitTorrent decentralized distribution.

InstallAware Ethereum Payment Gateway

Well folks, it looks like FOMO is real after all!

Even Mr. Musk got sucked in – Tesla’s controversially “ready” for crypto…

…but what is the best opportunity for the rest of us to save time – and money – while not missing out?

Wouldn’t it be great if you could sell your software for crypto, gradually averaging your way in? YES! InstallAware comes through for you again:

– Updated Price Oracle: Fully script driven. Query live prices on the ETHUSD “currency pair” and navigate the ultra-volatile waters with a minimum of choppiness.

– Optimized Gas Usage: Gas is a tricky concept for sure! The take away is that wallets with the barest minimum of ETH balances to buy your software now work.

– Instant Deposits: One thing Elon should have gotten right about Bitcoin is that it really isn’t quick enough for the day-to-day. ETH approves (or declines) in seconds.

– Flexible Activations: Validate past purchases directly on the blockchain (paying no gas). Be as strict (or liberal) as you like with your hardware change policies.

– Non-Fungible Tokens: Now your software gets in on the action, too! Upload your setup as an NFT. Fully decentralize+immortalize the rest with Bittorrent/Magnet hosted Web Media Blocks.

– Windows 10 21H1 (and Server 2022): As an aside, InstallAware‘s setup engine – and Windows Features/Server Roles visual configurators – have been updated for the latest Windows versions.

So get in on the action without having to bet the farm, cost averaging your way in.

SELL the software you worked so hard to develop, without having to put up with any bureaucracy, or middle entities.

Isn’t that exactly the kind of liberation that crypto is supposed to be all about in the first place?