Basic Installer Features

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Installer and Uninstaller

Create packages that completely install and register, respectively uninstall and unregister, your application.
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Always valid MSI 2.0/3.x/4.x/5.0 packages

Each written and unwritten Windows Installer rule, recommendation and best practice is carefully followed.
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Wizard for Simple Project creation

Use the provided wizard to create complete Windows Installer MSI installs in mere minutes.
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Add/Remove (Control Panel) customization

Customize your application's information listed in the "Add/Remove Programs" page of the Control Panel.
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Per-user and per-machine installs

Select which type of installation better suits your needs: per-user or per-machine if the user is Administrator.
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Limit to Basic UI

For unassisted or automated installs: display only a progress dialog and the eventual error message boxes.
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Project files in XML format

They can be easily checked into a version control system and shared between multiple developers.
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Template projects

Create templates based on your current project and ready-to-use for your future projects.
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Command line mode execution

Build your release packages in a completely automated script, like Make, Ant or NAnt.
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Context sensitive help and tutorials

Illustrated, integrated help and tutorials are provided for a simple and user-friendly learning of the application.
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64-bit packages

Create packages that run and install on 32-bit processors or on the latest 64-bit CPUs from Intel and AMD.
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Optionally force rebooting

Prompt the user for a reboot even after a successful install, supporting sensitive components that require it.
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Formatted fields

Use variables and parameters almost anywhere in your installs. They will be resolved at build or run time.
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Visual formatted editing

Edit controls for Formatted and Condition fields offer reference auto-completion, highlight, errors and resolved value hints.
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Run and log MSIs

Launch your MSI package while printing the full Windows Installer log. Syntax highlighting and log summary.
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Windows 8/7/Vista and UAC installs

Create installs that run flawlessly on Windows 8/7/Vista, targeting its features and supporting its security model.
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Visual Studio Integration

Use the Advanced Installer Visual Studio extension to easily access your installer directly from your IDE.
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New in Advanced Installer 11.4Team Foundation Server

Use Advanced Installer's full support to benefit from TFS as back end for your integrated development environment.
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RAD Tools Integration

Enable users to create installers directly from your RAD tool environment.
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Build cache

Enjoy faster development and quicker installer build times with by caching and reusing unchanged archives.
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Application Resources

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Files and folders

Install and uninstall files, create and remove folders, set attributes. Visually define your distribution tree.
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Create shortcuts

Shortcuts to your files, external files, commands, URLs. Placed anywhere: Desktop, Start Programs menu, etc.
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Windows 8 support for shortcuts

Enable Windows 8 particular behavior like: "Prevent auto Pin to Start", "Disable Pin to Start" and "Run as administrator".
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Registry keys and entries

Install and uninstall; create or import them from your Registry or REG files straight into your MSI package.
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Environment variables

User or system environment variables to be created, appended or prepended to existing ones upon install.
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Font registration

Register fonts into the OS, specify registration names for non-TrueType fonts.
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Auto register files

Auto registration, for files that support it (such as DLLs and OCXs), can be scheduled at install time.
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Merge Modules into your installation

Create self-contained MSI packages, by including and configuring the required merge modules.
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Handling Versions

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Upgrading older installs automatically

Older versions of your product found on the user's machine can be removed before installing the newer one.
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Prevent installs of older over newer versions

Advanced Installer will not let the user install older packages over newer ones.
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Side-by-side installs

Create packages (for different versions of your application) that can be installed simultaneously and run side by side.
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Installer Conditions

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Prevent installing on unsupported OS's

Easily specify which Operating Systems are supported, preventing the installation on the other ones.
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MSI launch conditions

Conditions that have to be met (applications, frameworks, files, versions, etc.) in order for your package to run.
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Smart condition editor

Quickly and easily edit Windows Installer conditions. Comes with auto completion, property values detection, predefined examples, multiple level undo, etc..
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Import

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Import Visual Studio Setup projects

Quickly convert your existing Microsoft Visual Studio Setup projects to Advanced Installer.
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Import InstallShield LE projects

Quickly upgrade your existing Visual Studio 2010 InstallShield LE installer projects to Advanced Installer.
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Import WISE projects

Create installation packages by importing WISE projects.
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Import WiX projects

Leverage existing installer projects while accessing the numerous Advanced Installer features and capabilities.
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MSI/MSM import

Import third party MSI installers and MSM merge modules into your own Advanced Installer Projects.
YesYesYesYesYes

Import Visual Basic 6.0 applications

Import applications developed in Visual Basic 6.0 to get a head start on creating their installer.
YesYesYesYesYes

Import Embarcadero RAD Studio applications

Create installers for applications developed with RAD Studio.
YesYesYesYesYes

Import Real Studio applications

Develop installers for Real Studio applications.
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Import Inno Setup projects

Switch to Windows Installer easier than ever before. Move to MSI setups without wasting the effort already spent.
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Import NSIS projects

Switch your NSIS projects to Windows Installer. Enjoy Advanced Installer's ease of use and wealth of features.
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Delivery Options

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Single, self-contained MSI installs

Create a single MSI package that contains bundled everything required to install your application.
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Unpacked installations

The files stay unbundled next to the MSI file, suited for regular installs or to run directly from (CD, DVD) source.
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Archive files into CABs

Your application resources can be archived into CAB files, compressed (for size) or uncompressed (for speed).
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Smart Cabbing

Automatically checks that files with the same source are included only once in the generated CAB file.
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Online installs

The MSI packages can be launched from an URL, either directly by the user or by the EXE bootstrapper (in Pro edition).
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Professional Installer Features

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Configure Windows Features

Use the intuitive GUI to enable the optional Windows Features your application requires.
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Microsoft Authenticode Digital ID signature

Digitally sign generated or included files - authenticate your products and MSIs for improved customer credibility.
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Software Identification Tag

The easiest way to implement ISO 19770-2 standard compliance in your software products.
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Command line mode editing

Change the project without bringing up the UI - at command line or in batch scripts.
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PowerShell support

Run PowerShell scripts in a snap using the dedicated editor, predefined prerequisites, launch conditions and many more.
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Multi-volume installs

Split large installs onto several disks, with customizable size and number of archives and volumes.
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LZMA compression for installers

Reduce the size of your install packages using some of the best compression algorithms in the industry.
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Large file support

Include in your project files larger than 2GB and pack them using multi-core-aware LZMA compression.
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Installer encryption

Protect your installers using AES encryption. A password will be automatically requested before installing your package.
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User registration, serial code validation, SKUs

Ask the user for a serial code during install. Validate it online, through bundled algorithm or your custom DLL.
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Wizard for Professional Project creation

Use the provided wizard to create professional Windows Installer MSI installs in mere minutes.
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Import Microsoft Visual Studio projects

Jump-start your installer by importing your existing VS project. Auto-detect names, files and dependencies.
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Import Microsoft Visual Basic 6 projects

Dedicated wizard allows you to create installers for your Visual Basic 6.0 applications in minutes.
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Friendly Wizards

Easy to use, intuitive wizards are ready to assist you during your install creation. Get more done in less time.
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Project Notes

Document every intricate detail of your projects in order to improve your installer team collaboration.
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EXE/DLL dependency detector

Quickly and easily find out and include in your installation the libraries that your EXE and DLL files depend on.
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Fast installation

Automatically optimize your packages for the fastest possible installation.
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Single Package Authoring

Create a single MSI package able to install both per-user and per-machine with a selection dialog for the user.
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Mixed 32/64-bit installers

Powerful wizard helps author single, unified installers that run as 32-bit on 32-bit and as 64-bit on 64-bit platforms.
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Control Panel Applets

Install applets in Control Panel to configure and customize your system-level services and applications.
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Visual Studio Extension and Add-In installers

Easily create dedicated installers for Visual Studio extensions and add-ins (in Ent. edition).
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Microsoft Office Add-In installers

Easily create dedicated installers for Microsoft Office add-ins directly from a Visual Studio Project or from a disk location.
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Adobe Products Add-In installers

Create dedicated add-in installers for most often used Adobe products.
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Builds

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Multiple Builds

Build multiple installers from a single project creating packages customized for various deployment scenarios.
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Pre/Post-Build Events

Customize your installer build process with pre- and post-build events: copy or move files, run commands.
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Build Content report

At-a-glance report outlining the content of the current build. See what is in your installer.
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ICE Validation

Run ICE validation suites as a final step in the build process, messages being appended to the Build Log.
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Validation Fixes

Suggest and apply fixes for package validation errors resulted from running ICE validation suites.
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Professional Application Resources

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Synchronized folders

Specify installation folders to be synchronized with folders on your disk, with include and exclude patterns.
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Path Variables

Ability to use custom, per-machine configurable Variables in project paths.
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Compute file hashes

Turn this feature on to eliminate unnecessary file copying during a repair process.
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File associations and mime types

Associate files having certain extensions with your application for open, edit, view, print or other operations.
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Vista Default Programs

Take advantage of the Windows Vista's new support for registering applications to handle file types.
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Advertised shortcuts

Advertised shortcuts trigger installation of features on demand or application check and repair when launched.
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INI files and entries

Import full INI files. Easily create and edit, update or change INI entries.
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Search for applications and resources

Search for components, files, folders, registry and INI entries during the install process
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Test-run searches

Invaluable tool allowing you to test Windows Installer searches on the spot, seeing the results immediately.
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Permissions

Set permissions to define in detail the allowed user access to files, folders, registry keys and entries.
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Resource removal on install

Remove files, registry keys and values during both install and uninstall stages.
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File install actions

Move, copy or duplicate any file during install. Reserve additional space for install costing.
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Uninstall cleanup

Now it's easy to make sure your application doesn't leave anything on your user's system after uninstall.
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Persistent user data

Persist user-modified settings and configurations through upgrades and repairs of your application.
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Temporary installation files

Include additional files that must be present at install time, without being installed themselves.
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Resource Registration

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Extract registration information

The registration data can be extracted from files that can auto-register, and installed directly in the Registry.
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Services

Install and register services. Control (start, stop, etc.) them both on install and uninstall.
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ODBC drivers, data sources and translators

Install and easily set the attributes on ODBC drivers, data sources and translators.
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COM, COM+ and DCOM

Fully specify COM, COM+ and DCOM components for registration at install time.
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COM Interfaces

Create COM Interfaces using Advanced Installer GUI.
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COM+ import

Import complete COM+ installation MSIs into existing Advanced Installer projects.
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.NET Framework

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.NET and Win32 assemblies

Install .NET and Win32 assemblies in Global Assembly Cache (GAC) or privately, side-by-side on Windows XP.
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.NET / COM interoperability

Let Advanced Installer extract registration information and register your .NET assemblies for COM interoperability.
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Precompile .NET assemblies

Improve .NET applications performance and startup time by precompiling them to native images on install.
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Assembly attributes

Advanced Installer automatically scans and detects .NET assembly attributes freeing you from this task.
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.NET project template

Use the provided template and wizard to create installers for .NET framework applications in mere minutes.
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.NET prerequisite

Check if the right .NET framework is present on the target machine and, if necessary, download and install it.
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.NET Custom Actions

Write Custom Actions using the .NET framework, taking advantage of InstallerClass.
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Custom Actions

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Custom actions

Extend your installer's capabilities by executing JS, VBScript, an EXE, or a function in a DLL during install.
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Nested Install custom actions

Launch an embedded MSI file from your installation in order to install, repair or remove another product.
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Multi-file Custom Actions

Provide resources in separate files. Call normal, third-party multi-file programs as custom actions.
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Predefined actions library

Predefined Custom Actions, ready to be used and easy to customize: play audio file, detect/stop processes and services, etc.
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Standard DLL call

Predefined Custom Action allows you to call any function in any standard DLL.
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Package Organization

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Organize package features

Organize your Windows Installer package in features and sub-features. Create, set attributes and install conditions.
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Group components in features

Group installation components into features, share them or set their attributes and install conditions.
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Build one CAB per feature

Save bandwidth by ensuring that for online installs only features actually installed will be downloaded.
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Isolated components

Ensure the components you need are next to your application and will not be overwritten by other software.
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Qualified/Published components

Another level of indirection in your components supports pluggable components and replaceable implementations.
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EXE bootstrapper

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Customized EXE bootstrapper

Bootstrap your MSI package into an EXE file with a custom icon, file description and version.
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MD5 signatures

Setups can use MD5 for checking self and downloaded files (prerequisites or updates) integrity.
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Prerequisites

Create setups that can automatically search for, download and install prerequisite applications.
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Install/update Windows Installer

Set it as prerequisite and your setup will be able to download and update it on the target machine.
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Latest version check

On launch, check online for a newer version of this installer, and if available, download and install it instead.
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Bootstrapper UI

Wizard-style, MSI-like GUI with customizable background and banner images, welcome text and optional EULA.
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User Interface

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Change banners and images

Customize the way dialogs look during the installation process by changing the background banner images.
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Over 75 bundled setup themes

You have over 75 built-in custom themes to effortlessly give your application a professional (and gorgeous!) look.
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Additional Dialogs

Select one of the available pre-built dialogs to appear in front of the user during the installation.
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Background image slide shows

Schedule image slide shows during the install of your application. Advertise your brand and products, show off their abilities.
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Internationalization

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Create packages in other languages

Currently localizations in 31 languages for MSIs, EXE bootstrapper and all helper utilities are already included.
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Localize in a new language

Translating additional languages is as easy as editing an XML file generated as a dictionary of untranslated strings.
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Multi-lingual packages

Generate a single MSI or EXE file with all the desired languages. Automatically match the end-user's default.
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Language Selection Dialog

Allow your users to select any installation language from the languages included in your installer.
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Automatic Updater

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Advanced Updater tool

Highly configurable and versatile, it automatically checks for, downloads and installs patches and updates.
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Visual Updates Editor

Edit your updates configurations visually in dedicated projects and build in multiple locales.
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HTTP authentication, HTTPS

Downloading over HTTPS is supported, as well as HTTP authentication which prompts for a user and password.
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Server-side license check

Server-side license check is supported, as another way to hinder piracy.
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Windows Mobile/CE

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Mobile Installers

Create CABinet packages that can be used to install applications on Windows CE / Mobile platforms.
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Files and Folders

Visually create a distribution tree with files, folders to install and uninstall, attributes to set.
YesYesYesYes-

File associations

Associate file types to be open with your application on Windows CE / Mobile platforms.
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Create shortcuts

Place shortcuts to your installed files or folders on the desktop or anywhere you want.
YesYesYesYes-

Registry

Specify registry keys and values to install. Import the entries directly from your Registry or a REG file.
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Multiple targets

Multiple configurations to create several different CABs from the same project, for different CE platforms and device types.
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Configuration Content report

At-a-glance report outlining the content of the current configuration. See what is in your mobile installer.
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ActiveSync

Install Windows Mobile CABs through desktop MSI packages. Group related packages and prerequisites.
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Internet Information Services (IIS)

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Web Sites and Web Applications

Configure and deploy Web Sites, create Front Page Server Extensions, Web Application Mappings, etc.
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Import Web Applications

Quickly configure web sites, virtual directories and application pools by importing directly from your working configurations.
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Virtual Directories

Configure and deploy Virtual Directories, associate a Web Application, open FTP access, etc.
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Configure IIS server

Configure the IIS server, register ISAPI filters, backup the metabase, open the Management Console, etc.
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Application Pools

Assign specific configuration settings to a worker process (or processes) that services a group of applications.
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IIS 5 to 8.5

Full support for IIS 5, 6, 7, 8 and 8.5 running on Microsoft Windows 2000 all the way to Windows 8.1 and 2012 R2 Server OSs.
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User Accounts integration

Configure anonymous access for IIS or authentication fully integrated with the User Accounts functionality.
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List Web Sites, Virtual Directories and Application Pools

Help your users to easily pick target web sites, virtual directories and application pools by showing a list with what's available.
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HTTPS/SSL configuration

Configure HTTPS/SSL parameters for websites: bindings, digital certificates and options.
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ASP.NET support

Dedicated wizard. Register your ASP.NET (including .NET 4.5) web application with IIS 7/8 or with IIS 5/6.
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Configure Custom Properties

In addition to the dedicated UI features, custom properties help you modify the majority of IIS 7 or above attributes/collections.
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For Java Installer Features

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Console/GUI Java applications

Package both console applications (within a terminal window) and GUI applications (that have a graphical user interface).
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Write Win32 services in Java

Quickly and easily create, package, install and run Win32 services written in Java.
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Multiple Java applications per package

Install several Java applications (each with its own settings and native launcher) with the same package.
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100% native code, no JVM overhead

Installers contain only native code and technologies, for the smallest footprint and the tightest platform integration.
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Wizard for Java Project creation

Use the wizard to create complete Windows and Mac OS X installers for your Java application in mere minutes.
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Import Eclipse projects

Point Advanced Installer to your Eclipse project and it will instantaneously create your installer and launchers.
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Import IntelliJ IDEA projects

Powerful wizard employed to help you create installation packages by importing IntelliJ IDEA workspaces.
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Pack200 packing for JAR files

Coupled with LZMA compression, can reduce the size of code archives to as low as 20% of the initial size.
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Flexible ClassPath, Library and System paths

Include JAR files, folders, Windows Installer properties and environment variables in your application's paths.
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Edit JVM parameters

Easy to use GUI to edit runtime options, system properties, VM command line and other parameters.
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Powerful memory sizing options

Specify JVM initial and maximum heap and stack sizes, fixed or in bounded physical memory percentages.
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JRockit JRE

Bundle or run your Java applications using the JRockit Java Runtime Environment.
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JRE bundling

Create packages that include a private JRE for your application or a bundled one to install on the computer.
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JRE/JDK prerequisite

Check if the right JVM is present on the target machine and, if necessary, download and install it.
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Java Native Launcher

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JRE/JDK detection and selection

Powerful and customizable way to find the installed JVMs and to select the one fitted to run your application.
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Your process name instead of java/javaw

Set your own process name to appear in the task manager and the Windows XP task bar groups.
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Custom application/EXE icon

Include a professional native Windows ICO icon in your executable, with multiple resolutions and color depths.
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File version and name for executable

Embed the version information and name into the generated executable file of your Java application.
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Instant-on native splash screen

A custom splash screen displayed as soon as the EXE file is launched, without having to wait for the JRE to load.
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Java 6 native splash screen

Use the standard Java 6 native splash screen API if available, or fall back on the one provided otherwise.
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User friendly error handling

Errors are treated internally, or if not possible, presented to the user well explained and with solution suggestions.
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Single application instance

Optionally enforce a system-wide unique instance of your product, redirecting secondary launches to this instance.
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Stdout and stderr redirection

Redirect the standard streams to files so the user can check for errors and exceptions even for GUI applications.
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Native 64-bit launcher

A native 64-bit Java launcher version allows you to load your application into a discovered (or bundled) 64-bit JRE.
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Embed JAR in EXE

Protect your application code and simplify deployment by running your JAR directly from the native launcher, without an extraction.
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Mac OS X Packages

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Mac OS X standalone bundles

Create standard, standalone, native application bundles for your Java products to be installed on Mac OS X computers.
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Java 7 applications for Mac OS X

Build standalone Java 7 applications ready to be signed and published on the App Store.
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Translate Windows settings to Mac OS X

Every installer setting with an equivalent on Mac OS X will be used directly like it is used in the Windows package.
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Platform-specific Mac OS X settings

Settings that are specific to Mac OS X can be specified separately for the best platform integration.
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Minimum Mac OS X version

Specify the minimum version of Mac OS X required to run your application.
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Native Mac OS X icon

Specify a ICNS file to be used to graphically identify your application on Mac OS X.
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Mac OS X splash screen

Display a specified splash screen when launching your application on Mac OS X.
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Mac OS X localization

The Mac OS X packages are also easily localizable, with a number of built-in languages already included.
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Mac OS X file associations and mime types

Define document types and associate them with your application.
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Enterprise Installer Features

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New in Advanced Installer 11.4Microsoft Web Deploy

Publish Web Applications to Microsoft Azure and IIS from installers using Microsoft Web Deploy.
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Windows Server Roles

Advanced Installer simplifies how you install roles on the server and lets you install multiple roles at the same time.
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XML Search

Search in XML files and return the values of elements, attributes or text nodes.
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Update XML files

Insert, replace or remove elements and attributes in XML files. Patch XML config files, register in XML frameworks.
YesYes---

Update TXT files

Insert, replace or remove any string in any file type installed by your package or already present on the target machine.
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Licensing

The licensing module offers ready to use trial and registration (with maintenance plans) functionality for your application.
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Install Drivers

Specify drivers for install using the Windows Driver Install Frameworks (DIFx), version 2.1.
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Convert EXE installers to MSIs

Powerful wizard will convert any EXE setup into an MSI ready for network deployment through Active Directory.
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Tomcat Web Applications

Simple-to-build installers to easily and quickly deploy your web applications into Apache Tomcat.
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Deploy SharePoint solutions

Included wizard will painlessly create standard MSI installers to deploy SharePoint solutions.
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User Accounts and Groups

Allow your installers to create user accounts and groups on the user's computer.
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Task scheduler

Create and fully configure tasks to be run by the native Windows Scheduler service.
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Scheduled Updates

The Updater integrated with the Task Scheduler allows you to run updates from the Windows Scheduler service.
YesYes---

CD/DVD Autorun

Quickly enable your product to automatically start from CDs and DVDs. Powerful, customizable, Windows 7-Ready launcher.
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Folder sharing

Easily share folders on install, setting the sharing permissions for secured access.
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Configure Windows Firewall

Add your application to the exception list during installation, and remove it during uninstallation.
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Games Explorer integration

Easily and fully integrate your games in Windows Vista's Games Explorer, specifying ratings, genres, art and more.
YesYes---

Media Center registration

Register your games in Windows Media Center and allow your users to run them directly from there.
YesYes---

Windows 7 Libraries

Easily create or add to existing Libraries like “Documents”, “Pictures” or “Music” on Windows 7.
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Embedded Chainers

Embed multiple MSIs in a unified setup package and install them chained in a single, atomic transaction.
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Prerequisites Repository

Save the prerequisites you defined and reuse them in other projects.
YesYes---

Multiple Instances

Allow the installation of multiple instances of your product on the same computer.
YesYes---

Windows Installer MST transforms

Capture user input during an install or the differences between two MSI databases into a Windows Installer transform.
YesYes---

Custom Tables editor

Visually define new tables and columns, insert rows in your MSIs. Add and edit additional data for your custom actions.
YesYes---

Direct Table editor

Visually edit your MSIs and MSMs at database table and row level, customizing your installers to the tiniest detail.
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MSI and MST Diff

Highlight MST content or MSI differences within the Table Editor. Optimize your work by reverting changes on the fly.
YesYes---

Dialog Editor

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Modify and Create Dialogs

Control every detail of the UI of your MSI packages. Add, change or remove controls, dialogs, texts and more.
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Full Billboard Editor

Spice up your installs, advertise your application's features (in text and images) during setup.
YesYes---

Dialog Repository

Save time and work by reusing the dialogs and dialog templates you create in other projects.
YesYes---

Wizard for Control Event creation

Handy wizard to assist you when accomplishing the more difficult tasks of Windows Installer UI.
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Print Control

With just a couple of clicks, add a fully functional Print... button to your License or Readme dialogs.
YesYes---

Browse for File

Add a predefined Custom Action allowing your users to select a file (license, DB, etc.) during your installer's UI.
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ListBox & ComboBox controls

Predefined Custom Actions for populating, deleting and extracting data from ListBox and ComboBox controls.
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Collect user info

Predefined Custom Action for collecting user information during install and POST-ing it to your web server.
YesYes---

UI Testing

Test your installer's User Interface as you create it, without building the full package every time.
YesYes---

Enhanced User Interface

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External UI

External UI implementation improving the way your installers look and feel. UAC compliant.
YesYes---

Windows 8/7/Vista controls

On Windows Vista or higher, use true color icons as large as 256x256 pixels and Command Link controls.
YesYes---

HTML Host control

Create HTML UIs in your installer, scripting with JavaScript. Included Windows Installer - JavaScript full two-way bridge.
YesYes---

Additional controls

Feature Selection Tree with checkboxes, checklist, native OS Browse for Folder dialog, hyperlink, enforced EULA lecture.
YesYes---

Global Progress

Deterministic, installation-global progress tracking events. Correctly estimate installer completion and avoid user confusion.
YesYes---

Patches

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Windows Installer MSP patches

With Advanced Installer you can quickly and easily create patches for your applications.
YesYes---

Removable Patches

Advanced Installer generates patches that can be uninstalled separately on Windows Installer 3.0 or higher.
YesYes---

Patch Sequencing

Guarantees your patches are always applied in the order you want (Windows Installer 3.0 or higher).
YesYes---

Wizard for MSP Project creation

Use the provided wizard to create Windows Installer Patches in mere minutes.
YesYes---

Patch EXE bootstrapper

Pack your patches in EXE files for simpler deployment. Specify custom icons, file descriptions and versions.
YesYes---

Merge Modules

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Create Merge Modules

Package the independent components you use in your applications as stand-alone MSM files.
YesYes---

Wizard for MSM Project creation

Use the provided wizard to create Windows Installer MSM Merge Modules in mere minutes.
YesYes---

Configurable Parameters

Allow your users to customize the Merge Modules you provide. Specify what can be changed and how.
YesYes---

Databases

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SQL Scripts

During install, configure servers and deploy SQL scripts for Microsoft, Oracle, Postgre and MySQL databases.
YesYes---

SQL Queries

Interrogate SQL databases and use the retrieved information during the installation.
YesYes---

New in Advanced Installer 11.3SQL Server Reporting Services

Upload reports, datasets or data sources to an instance of Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services.
YesYes---

Transaction Support

Full transaction support for running SQL Scripts on transaction-capable DBMSs.
YesYes---

Sandbox Test

Test SQL Queries and Connections in an isolated environment on your development machine.
YesYes---

SQL Server Browser

Automatically discover and list Microsoft SQL Servers available on the network at install time.
YesYes---

Allowed Databases List

List all databases the user with the associated credentials is allowed to connect to.
YesYes---

Architect Installer Features

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Application Virtualization

Full support for Microsoft's Application Virtualization technology. Effortlessly build App-V 5.0, 4.6 or 4.5 packages for your software.
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App-V import

Create installation packages by importing existing App-V packages.
Yes----

VMware ThinApp

Full support for VMware's ThinApp technology. Easily create a virtualized version of your application from your installer.
Yes----

MSI Quick-Edit

Create transforms or quickly edit existing MSI packages directly from the Advanced Installer GUI.
Yes----

Repackage

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Installation Repackager

Painlessly capture and repackage existing installations into MSI packages. The repackager has UI automation and its own CLI.
Yes----

VMware Repackager

Choose between performing the capture either on your development machine or on a VMware virtual machine.
Yes----

Hyper-V Repackager

Choose between performing the capture either on your development machine or on a Hyper-V virtual machine.
Yes----

Smart Repackager

Detect and preserve high-level constructs like services, drivers, file associations, environment variables and assemblies in scan results.
Yes----

64-bit Repackager

Capture and repackage installations on 64-bit systems, detecting 64-bit specific components and behaviors.
Yes----

System Center Configuration Manager

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SCCM Deployment

Save time by using the integrated deployment to System Center Configuration Manager. CLI is included.
Yes----

New in Advanced Installer 11.3SCCM 2012

Out-of-the-box support for deploying setups as SCCM applications.
Yes----

New in Advanced Installer 11.3Deploy App-V packages with SCCM

Comfortably manage virtual and physical applications deployment through SCCM and more.
Yes----
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