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EMCO MSI Package Builder - What's New in Version 3.3

Below you can find a list of the latest product releases. Click on the release version to see what new features, improvements and bug-fixes appeared in a particular release.
 Release: 6.1 | 6.0 | 5.2 | 5.1 | 5.0 | 4.5 | 4.4 | 4.3 | 4.2 | 4.1 | 4.0 | 3.3 | 3.2 | 3.1
Please note that the list of versions only contains the versions defined as major updates. Changes from minor and bug-fix releases are represented here as changes to the corresponding major update versions that include those changes.

Version 3.3.5 (November 9, 2007)

Monitoring improvements

Monitoring module was improved in order to provide smart support of operation sequences applied to same resources. For example, if some file or registry key in scope of installation was deleted, then created and changed, MSI Package Builder will correctly define what to do with this resource.

History of project root paths

MSI Package Builder allows to define path to directory, where monitoring results and project settings are stored. You can enter path to new project storage in Preferences dialog or switch to one of previously used paths by selecting it from combo-box.

User Account Control (UAC) support on Vista

You don't need to launch MSI Package Builder using 'Run as Administrator' command under Vista now, because it is automatically executed with administrative permissions. If you are not computer administrator, you will be prompted to enter administrative credentials.

Resolved issues

This release resolves a number of issues, the most important of which are listed below:

  • Move operation for Environment variables
  • MSI package creation with multiple SystemFolder values
  • Program execution by 'Run As...' option
  • Start monitoring

Version 3.3.1 (July 10, 2007)

Starter, Professional and Enterprise editions

Application was split on three editions with different functionality and price. If you don't need full range of MSI Package Builder features you can select edition with less functionality and save costs.

Starter Edition should be selected if you interested in manual MSI creation using truly visual MSI editor.

Professional Edition should be selected if you need to capture actions of existing installations and create custom MSI from monitoring results. This edition also provides MSI decompilation feature.

Enterprise Edition should be selected if you need to use all MSI Package Builder features including environment variables changes during MSI installation.

Paste content from Windows clipboard

If you need to include content of some folder into MSI project, in addition to import options you can also use Copy/Paste operations. In this case all what you need is just to make a Copy to Windows clipboard in external tool (Windows Explorer for example) and then make Paste to the selected installation in Projects Tree or folder in File System Actions tree. As the result folder with all its content will be added to the MSI project.

Drag&Drop from external tools

File system resources can be dragged to MSI Package Builder from external tools. It's another way how to quickly create MSI content. You can select folder in external tool like Windows Explorer for example and dragg it to installation in Projects Tree or folder in File System Actions tree. As the result folder with all its content will be added to the MSI project.

Import from Registry Files (*.reg)

MSI Package Builder allows registry changes importing into the project from Registry Files (with .reg extension) represneted in REGEDIT4 or REGEDIT5 formats. You can save a lot of time by registry data importing into MSI project instead of manual data entering through UI. Select Installation > Import > Import Registry... to use this feature.

Windows Vista and XP look&feel

User interface looks differently depending on operation system where application is executed. On Windows XP all controls have XP style, on Vista - Vista style accordingly.

Path to projects root directory

You are able to set the path to directory where MSI Package Builder projects are stored. By default projects stored under the directory where MSI Package Builder is installed. If you with large projects you can change this location to another disk, for example.

Resolved issues

This release resolves a number of issues, the most important of which are listed below:

  • Permanent resources detection in import operation
  • File attributes tracking in import operation
  • Menu layout
  • Registry and file system filters
  • MSI generation
Product Facts

Did you know that MSI Package Builder uses innovation technology that allows capturing installation data on the fly?

Did you know that 'Live Monitoring' technology has an extremely capture performance because based on Kernel Mode Drivers instead of comparing huge volumes of data?

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