The WinUI migration has started for Advanced Installer - Welcome the brand new look of the Start Page

Written by Alexandra Stoienescu · February 1st, 2023

It's the beginning of a new year, and we at Advanced Installer are releasing our first product update of the year - Advanced Installer 20.3.

We are kicking off 2023 with a brand new look of our Start Page.

This change is part of our objective to modernize the setup installer’s user interface, as well as the technology that engineers have to use to design and customize their setup installers.

What changed to the Advanced Installer Start Page?

The Advanced Installer Start Page redesign includes the most recent design trends and technological advancements, with the goal of improving the entire user experience with the application. However, the redesign makes no changes to the prior Start Page functionality.

Here’s what the updated interface architecture looks like:

Advanced Installer Start Page

Search Filter

You can now find the newly updated search filter in the top left corner, which is designed to give you a quick way of finding the Advanced Installer project capabilities.

Collapsible Categories

The new redesign comes with simplified navigation represented by four main categories, which should make it simple for you to identify the type of project you're looking for.

Creating an empty project

The option to create a new project from scratch is now available within the “MSI Installer”, under the “New” category. There, you can choose the preferred edition type as you would normally do.

Why did we redesign the Advanced Installer Start Page?

The modernization process began the moment we noticed that the WinUI technology is mature enough to be adopted.

Since 2021, we have been transitioning to WinUI technology to enable you to design modern setup installers directly from the Advanced Installer drag-and-drop GUI or by using the WinUI ready-made and ready-to-use themes.

However, our agile reaction to WinUI technology determined us to not only make sure we deliver up-to-date modern installers but also to use it to enhance the Advanced Installer user interface.

This outcome coincided with the fact that the technology that Advanced Installer has been using for the most part, HTMLayout, will be end of life. That means that any type of product update or security update won’t be available anymore.

And as we take security seriously, the decision to adopt a more advanced and mature UI technology came naturally.

What’s next?

We will continue to work on modernizing the entire Advanced Installer interface and delivering the best user experience possible for our users.

Do you have any questions or feedback? We would love to hear from you!

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Alexandra Stoienescu

Alexandra has been part of the marketing team for over two years now and uses all this time to learn about the packaging industry and how Advanced Installer contributes to the industry. Slowly she developed into a prolific product marketer, being involved in multiple types of product promotion initiatives. We are happy to have her sharing her findings on the Advanced Installer Blog. You can also find her communicating monthly Advanced Installer releases and ensuring that our users get the most out of Advanced Installer.