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10 Reasons to Migrate from InstallShield

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InstantInstall lets you install an order of magnitude faster than using InstallShield

Exclusive! InstantInstall™ Technology for the Fastest Windows Installers
Install an order of magnitude faster than any other setup software using InstallAware's Native Code Setup Engine. Your end-users will be thrilled to notice that by the time setup extraction is complete, their setup is finished. No more waiting!

 

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Unlike InstallShield, InstallAware bridges Win32, Win64, and .NET apps to the Universal Windows Platform

Exclusive! First and Only Open Source Desktop Bridge
InstallAware bridges Win32, Win64, and .NET apps to the Universal Windows Platform Highway toll-free across its open source implementation of Microsoft's Desktop Bridge, creating an APPX binary out of `classic` EXE files, and preserving your investment in your existing code base. Full source codes available under GNU AGPLv3.

 

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Unlike other InstallShield, our visual and code views are always integrated

Exclusive! Two-Way Integrated IDE
Unlike other IDEs, our visual and code views are always integrated. Whenever you make changes in the visual view, it will update the underlying code view - nothing happens behind the scenes, so you can fully control and customize everything.

 

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InstallAware includes very easy scripting unlike InstallShield

Exclusive! Very Easy Scripting
For those complex installers that simply must have scripting, use our intuitive, visual scripting language. No new syntax to learn, no commands to memorize, no parameters to look up. Just drag-drop scripting commands and you're good to go!

 

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InstallShield has superior compression over InstallAware

New! Up to 90% Compacting 64-bit Compression
Simply use InstallAware and save up to 90% on download time and bandwidth charges with smaller setup files. InstallAware even manages to compress Microsoft's own .NET Framework installers smaller than Microsoft itself. Even if you were using InstallAware before, compress up to 30% better than previous InstallAware versions with the new 64-bit compression engine.

 

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You can pin InstallAware to the Windows 10 Start Menu Live Tiles

Exclusive! Pin to the Windows 10 Start Menu Live Tiles
InstallAware is the only software installer capable of pinning applications to the Windows 10 Start Menu Live Tiles. While other installers are content to rest on their laurels, InstallAware works hard to give your apps the best exposure they deserve - even if Microsoft has officially declared the feat impossible!

 

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InstallAware includes Sliding and Fading Wizard Transition Special Efffects

New! Sliding and Fading Wizard Transition Special Effects

InstallAware is the only setup builder with wizard transition special effects. New setup wizard screens slide or fade in, rivaling some of the best user experiences already enjoyed by your app-savvy users. Compatible with all pre-built dialog themes, as well as custom dialogs.

 

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InstallAware Includes Very Easy to Customize Dialogs With Aero Glass

Exclusive! Very Easy to Customize Dialogs - With Aero Glass!

Spend minutes, not hours building custom dialogs. Display unique controls and capture any kind of information from the user. Passing variables and control values between your setup script and dialogs is automatic! Best of all, InstallAware is the first and only installer to ship with a customizable Aero Glass user interface.

 

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InstallAware uses an advanced Team Foundation Server object model to deliver what InstallShield cannot

New! Advanced Team Foundation Server Integration

InstallAware uses an advanced Team Foundation Server object model to deliver what InstallShield cannot. The InstallAware IDE directly integrates with TFS versions 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2017, enabling source/version control and local/global team collaboration on your setup solutions.

 

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InstallAware is the only installer featuring virtual machine testing for your setups in an automated, customizable fashion

Exclusive! Automated Virtual Machine Unit Testing

InstallAware is the only installer featuring virtual machine testing for your setups in an automated, customizable fashion. Use InstallAware's default unit test script, or customize and build your own. Test on multiple virtual machines simultaneously and see at a single glance failure and success on different guest operating systems.

 

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