Advanced Installer 8.5 Release Notes

On September 19th, 2011 Caphyon Ltd. is proud to announce the release of Advanced Installer 8.5 in Free, Professional, Java, Enterprise and Architect editions. This release is available for download on the Advanced Installer website.

The 8.5 release helps you fix MSI package validation errors automatically. Errors are highlighted during validation and fixes are helpfully suggested and applied if available.

Build rock-solid installers running the Advanced Installer Best Practice Rules validation suite. An additional set of ICEs, on top of Windows Installer's ICEs, will help validate your MSIs against issues most often encountered by our users.

Also new is the support for running SQL scripts on SQLite databases during install.

New features

  • Suggest and apply fixes for package validation errors
  • Best Practice Rules validation suite
  • SQLite support for SQL Script
  • Application pool identity support for IIS web application authentication
  • Unconditional prerequisite installation
  • Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable MFC Security update predefined prerequisite

Enhancements

  • Added patches and GPO deployment support for mixed 32/64-bit packages
  • Indeterminate progress control in Enhanced UI
  • Expand environment variables and installer properties in command files
  • Display available environment variables when adding one to the project
  • Automatic bootstrapper language selection is now optional
  • Imported XML elements now update first matching element by default

Bug fixes

  • Registry value rename operation ignored letter case changes
  • Error when deleting a Java product
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER registry keys were not removed by Uninstall Cleanup
  • Disk ID and File Sequence Start values were not updated when adding a patch target from command line interface
  • New Java product CLASSPATH properties were lost when reloading project
  • "Ensure that this file overwrites any installed target file" option was not saved when multiple files are selected
  • Crash when deleting a SharePoint feature after changing its ID
  • Country name was shown twice in language selection dialog when using non-Unicode bootstrapper
  • Crash in Autorun page when removing a command
  • Error when registering a feature-based prerequisite
  • SharePoint project notes were not saved
  • Prerequisites in projects created with older Advanced Installer versions were not converted correctly
  • Error when using global search in a project with Air theme
  • Project became broken after importing a merge module
  • Sequenced dialogs were empty when using Air theme
  • Error when importing an MSI in a project which uses Advanced Media Layout
  • Custom action properties pane was still visible after deleting a custom action
  • File removal operations prevented Windows Installer from removing folders
  • Start page language selection was not applied to new projects
  • Error when importing CustomAction table from a Visual Studio setup project
  • Advanced Licensing dates were not set correctly on non-English Windows versions
  • Path variables which used environment variables were set to incorrect relative paths
  • An invalid installation path could not be edited when using enhanced UI
  • Maintenance operations did not work for multilingual mixed 32/64-bit packages
  • Computer ID was not displayed when licensing registration page was displayed from inside the application
  • "ApplicationPoolIdentity" option did not correctly detect its supported Windows versions
  • List columns supported a null width in Files and Folders page
  • File version update detection criteria was not supported for ARX files
  • Bootstrapper was returning an incorrect value when canceling language selection dialog
  • Notification pane was not displayed
  • Application Folder and Application Shortcut Folder were not configured correctly when did not contain any regular files