Advanced Installer 11.6 Release Notes

On October 23rd, 2014 Caphyon Ltd. is proud to announce the release of Advanced Installer 11.6 in Free, Professional, Java, Enterprise and Architect editions. This release is available for download on the Advanced Installer website.

The 11.6 release simplifies working with Virtual Machines for repackaging or testing your installers. Create VM profiles containing your virtualization preferences then reuse them every time you need. Automate the UI interaction for even quicker testing of your installers in VMs.

VM Profiles

Advanced Updater enjoys improved security with the ability to verify and install only digitally signed updates. Also check for updates every time your application is launched, without writing a single line of code.

Finally, you can automatically pin shortcuts to taskbar in Windows 7, 8 and 8.1.

New features

  • VM Profiles Editor - used by “Run in VM” option and VM repackaging
  • UI automation for testing packages in VM
  • Support for automatically pinning shortcuts to taskbar
  • Secured updates through digital signature
  • Check for updates at application launch
  • Predefined prerequisites for “SQL Server Express LocalDB”
  • Support for UNICODE updates configuration files

Enhancements

  • Predefined PowerShell Cmdlet for updating MSI properties
  • Support for default language in AppX projects
  • Now showing the registry path where a COM or interface info will be installed
  • HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG registry key import
  • Added possibility to delete deployed SSRS resources on uninstall
  • Bulk edit for INI files' properties
  • Search page in MSI Quick-Edit mode
  • Auto-complete for AI_SERVICE_STATE and AI_PROCESS_STATE (“Detect Service” and “Detect Process” custom actions)

Bug fixes

  • “Application Initialization” IIS Windows 8 feature was not automatically enabled when “Preload Enabled” Web Site flag was set
  • Failure to open project when manually-modified rows were removed as part of conversion from older Advanced Installer versions
  • AppX project was always built even if it was up to date
  • OCX file got unregistered when Advanced Installer extracted its registration registry entries
  • COM Page > TypeLib view corrupted Help Directory value when saving a registry based TypeLib
  • MsiJoinTransaction failed with ERROR_ACCESS_DENIED on some computers
  • Fixed pre-install prerequisites crash
  • Fixed crash when downloading URL prerequisites
  • Visual Studio Extension did not flush project properties window when performing an Advanced Installer project build
  • Removing an Advanced Installer side-by-side version corrupted the “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Caphyon\Advanced Installer\Advanced Installer Path” registry entry
  • Signing packages with “SignCode.exe” failed
  • The left menu “Only Non-Empty views” option was ignored by the “Add/Remove” operation
  • Deleting a removal operation for a registry key with permissions crashed the application
  • Registry monitor did not escape some characters in the REG file it created
  • Fixed crashes when adding and deleting an SQL query
  • The “PrerequisiteDlg” dialog failed to correctly display the type of the action that will be taken for a prerequisite
  • Installations minimized during “ProgressDlg” dialog could not be maximized during “ExitDialog” dialog
  • “Reset” button from the “CustomizeDlg” dialog did't work properly
  • A dialog could not be deleted from the sequence under certain circumstances
  • Some dialogs could not be resized
  • “Always use Enhanced UI” option could be enabled when “Register product with Windows Installer” option was disabled
  • “Another version of this product is already installed...” error message was not displayed in the foreground when Enhanced UI was enabled
  • Silent mode uninstall didn't work when Enhanced UI was enabled
  • Product Name field was limited to only 32 characters in some cases (e.g. with “Cyrilic” language)
  • Packages opened in MSI Quick Editor having UnCompressed summary flag, lost the file individual compressed flag
  • MSI Quick Editor couldn't open MSI files with Power Shell custom actions
  • Control Panel entry didn't display an estimated size when the “Override Windows Installer programs list entry” option was enabled
  • “Uninstall Cleanup” feature broke the project when the component chosen from the wizard was related to the folder that the feature was applied on
  • “Disable Remove” option failed to add the NoRemove uninstall registry key
  • External Shortcut, “Shortcut Target” field did not support a property which contained the “_” character in its name
  • “File Version” search returns empty if the [SETUPEXEDIR] property was used
  • The “Install folder content into the parent folder” overlay icon was not removed after the folder was renamed
  • Extracted DLL registration entries pointed to an incorrect DLL source file location
  • Temporary files extraction folder was always removed after install/uninstall if it already existed and was empty on the target machine
  • Fixed crash on converting relative paths when re-opening the project
  • An instance of the application failed to be removed on Windows Server 2008 R2 when “Generate instances at installation time” option was enabled
  • Dynamic generation support for Multiple Instances did not allow creating an installation log
  • Dynamic generation support for Multiple Instances not supported when Mixed Package Type is used
  • Scheduled task installation failed
  • Bootstrapper incorrectly parsed the command line
  • Repository Manager bulk removal operation did not work
  • Password and user names with escaped characters were not working when encoded in URL
  • No radio button from “Update Behaviour” group checked when converting the project
  • Updater mixed up the MSI and EXE command line switches
  • Text mistaken as HTML content in update description was displayed incorrectly
  • Application was not restarted when “Delete the downloaded update package file after installation” flag was checked