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InstallAware Delivers Setup Compression without Conversion

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA, April 11 2006 — InstallAware Software Corporation today announced the release of Setup Squeezer, an intelligent application to recompress Windows Installer (MSI) and InstallShield (EXE) setups using the most advanced algorithms available today. With LZMA compression technology, and BCJ2 compression pre-processing, Setup Squeezer is able to make already-compressed setups smaller by an additional 15% to 50%. For instance, Setup Squeezer for Windows Installer reduces Microsoft’s Windows Defender MSI setup down to 3.2MB from 6.5MB.

 

Companies such as Adobe and Apple already use post-build compression tools to reduce the size of their InstallShield setups, in order to reduce bandwidth usage, cut costs, and improve the user experience. However, existing solutions such as FEAD or Allume can work at a substantial disadvantage with regard to compression rates, may not offer trial downloads, or they create packages that run on only the newest Windows versions, locking many potential users out of product evaluations.

 

“Now any setup developer can take advantage of InstallAware’s industry-leading package compression — without having to migrate their setup projects” says InstallAware CEO Sinan Karaca. “In just minutes Setup Squeezer for InstallShield can reduce the Apple FileMaker Pro 8 setup by 20% over the compression provided by Allume, using a very simple point-and-click wizard. Like many groundbreaking solutions, Setup Squeezer is simple, yet truly powerful.” 

 

Setup Squeezer improves on existing setup-compression tools by offering a very simple wizard interface that helps you intelligently unpack and repackage existing setups, with runtime support for all versions of Windows from Windows 95 to Windows Vista, using an extraction process that the user can abort, while running with as little as 32MB of physical memory. Previously compressed packages and nested setups, which cripple compression utilities like WinZip, are recursively scanned, opened, and automatically recompressed.

 

In addition to providing users with rapid downloads through advanced package compression — up to 5x better than ZIP, CAB, RAR, or SITX formats — Setup Squeezer also reduces user frustration during the software install by providing rapid unpacking. Plus, time-sensitive developers realize significant time savings, when running Setup Squeezer on dual-core and hyper-threaded machines. 

 

Setup Squeezer is available in two versions — Setup Squeezer for Windows Installer and Setup Squeezer for InstallShield, each priced at $299, from www.installaware.com and through a network of authorized resellers and distributors worldwide. Unrestricted 30 day trial versions are available for download and testing on setup packages right now on your desktop, without having to deliver any project files to a third-party for compression.

 

Setup Squeezer enables software developers to take advantage of InstallAware’s industry-leading package compression without having to migrate their Windows Installer or InstallShield project to the InstallAware development environment. However, further improvements to the download experience can be gained using InstallAware’s WebAware Installation technology to retrieve occasionally-needed files from any URL or network location—only when called by the setup package.

 

About InstallAware Software Corporation

 

InstallAware Software Corporation, founded in 2003 by InstallShield alumni, is a software development company focused solely on state of the art software installation tools that 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.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

 

Michael Nesmith
InstallAware Software Corporation
Email: michaeln@installaware.com
Phone: 415 830 4715

 

InstallAware, Setup Squeezer, and WebAware Installation technology are trademarks of InstallAware Software Corporation. Adobe, Allume, Apple, FEAD, InstallShield, Microsoft, Windows 95 operating system, Windows Vista operating system, and WinZip are registered trademarks or trademarks and/or service marks of their respective owners in the US and other countries.