Advanced Installer 6.4 Release Notes

On June 16th, 2008 Caphyon Ltd. is proud to announce the release of Advanced Installer 6.4 in Free, Professional, Java, Enterprise and Architect editions. This release is available for download on the Advanced Installer website.

The 6.4 version adds full transaction support for SQL Databases and the ability to automatically discover and display Microsoft SQL Servers available on the network at install time.

Collaboration of multiple developers on different computers is even easier with the addition of custom, per-machine configurable project path Variables. A friendly wizard automates the conversion process.

Full 64-bit support for Java programs is provided with a native 64-bit version of the Java launcher which can load your application into a discovered (or optionally bundled) 64-bit Java Runtime Environment.

New features

  • Full transaction support for running SQL Scripts
  • Auto-discovery and browse of MS SQL Servers available on the network at install
  • Ability to use custom, configurable Variables in project paths
  • Wizard for auto-conversion of project paths to Path Variables
  • Smart cabbing eliminates duplication of content from cabinets
  • Native 64-bit version of Java launcher
  • Optional 64-bit JRE bundle
  • Native Unicode version of EXE bootstrapper
  • Synchronizing information extracted from a COM files

Enhancements

  • Predefined launch conditions for Windows Installer 4.5
  • SQL Server 2005 Express predefined prerequisite
  • Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable predefined prerequisite
  • PatchEXE bootstrapper takes the version of the upgraded package
  • Spawn temporary "Please wait..." dialog during the "Test ODBC Connection" action
  • Configurable connection timeout for "Test ODBC Connection" functionality
  • Create scheduled tasks for network users
  • Ability to repair scheduled tasks
  • Reuse cached archives between different builds using Advanced Media settings
  • Option to run SQL scripts during maintenance
  • Multiple assemblies can be selected when adding them in "Assemblies" page
  • Updater will return different codes based on what happens after its launch
  • Entries in "Organization" page and UI Custom Actions are now sorted alphabetically
  • Prevent updater name collision with other file or folder names
  • Retrieve update name from server if it cannot be extracted from URL
  • COM interoperability registration feature can now use "/codebase" parameter for .NET assemblies that support it

Bug fixes

  • Could not register AI on user accounts with non-ASCII characters in name
  • File name edit controls from "File Properties" page did not support Unicode characters
  • Launch condition for minimum WI version couldn't be removed after adding it
  • Properties set to values containing "//" could not be passed to bootstrapper
  • Crashes building a patch which replaces another patch
  • Crash in "Custom Actions" view when loading InstallUISequence entries that contain dialog actions
  • Target name of the Predefined Folders can be edited in the Edit Folder Dialog
  • Error when placing the Java bundle into an existing folder
  • Updater wizard not automatically closed on successful installation on Windows Vista
  • When using Advanced Media, files stored outside were not copied with localized names at build time
  • Issue with Windows Firewall configuration tool
  • Java View not updated when importing Eclipse workspace into existing project
  • Adding a duplicate shortcut to an URL changed existing shortcut properties
  • Error using deprecated command line parameters Advanced Installer
  • Default Account for Scheduled Tasks not working in Windows Vista
  • An invalid PNG file used in Game Explorer crashed the application
  • Old projects with java products were not converted correctly
  • The cache entry for a prerequisite was not removed when its main file source was changed to point to a different file