Working with Advanced Installer Projects
The Advanced Installer Project is an XML file with the extension AIP. Advanced Installer provides several mechanisms for managing your installation project. These mechanisms can be accessed using toolbar buttons, the application main menu and keyboard accelerators.
Creating a new project
Use the Ctrl+N keyboard shortcut. The Start Page will show up.toolbar button, the “File > New...” menu item or the
Loading an existing project
Use the Ctrl+O keyboard shortcut. You can also load an existing project by double clicking on the corresponding AIP project file in Windows Explorer.toolbar button, the “File > Open...” menu item or the
Loading a recently accessed project
Use the “File > Recent Projects >” sub menu or select the project from the Start Page.
Saving the project
Use the Ctrl+S keyboard shortcut.toolbar button, the “File > Save” menu item or the
Saving the project under a different name
Use the “File > Save as...” menu item.
Warning: starting a new project from an already existing one by saving it under a different name is not advisable, because all the GUIDs for product, components, etc. in the two projects will be identical and thus will conflict. You should use the “File > Save as Template...” option for this.
Save As Template...
Use the “Save As Template...” menu item.
Creates a project template starting from the current project in order to reuse it in building a different package. New UpgradeCode, ProductCode and all the components GUIDs are generated when the template is used.
Building the project
Use the F7 keyboard shortcut. You need at least one component (file, registry entry, etc) in your project before you can build it.toolbar button, the “Project > Build” menu item or the
You have the option to select which build to perform from the button's drop down menu. When you directly push the button, the project that was build last is created. If no individual build was made previous, all builds are performed.
By default, Advanced Installer caches the archives created during build process in order to reuse them in future builds if the source files did not change.
Running the project
Use the F5 keyboard shortcut. If the project is out of date, it will first be built and then launched.toolbar button, the “Project > Run” menu item or the
When this button is used, the resulted package from the last performed build is launched. If all the builds were performed than the first package in the building order is launched.
Running the project with logging enabled
Enable the “Show run log” item “Home” tab in the ribbon. The resulting Windows Installer log will be shown in the “Run Log” Panel.
Running the project in a virtual machine
Use the “Run in VM” item of thebutton context menu or the “Project > Run > Run in VM” menu item. You can test the installation by running it in the provisioned virtual machine.
Displaying context-sensitive help
Use the F1 key. Certain pages may also have embedded help displayed by default in their unused screen space. You can turn off the embedded help from the “View > Embedded Help” menu item.toolbar button, the “Help > Context Help” menu item or press the
- Start Page
The Start Page in Advanced Installer.
- Save As Template Dialog
Save the current project as a predefined template.
- Project Options Dialog
Edit project options like paths, project type, caching and path variables.
- External Tools
Customizing the external tools used by Advanced Installer.
Check your project for compliance with each of the internal consistency evaluators (ICEs).
- SCCM Configurations
Add, modify or remove SCCM deployment configurations.
- Auto Import
Allows you to customize import options from Advanced Installer, for example the extensions associated to a file type.
- Repository Manager
- Edit Solution Options
Edit Advanced Installer Project Solution Options