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EMCO MSI Package Builder - What's New in Version 5.0

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 5.0.2 (February 24, 2014)

New and improved features

The below features have been introduced for the first time or significantly improved in this release:

  • Added an option to suppress the software installed via wrapped packages from being displayed in the Programs and Features section of the Windows Control Panel

Resolved issues

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

  • Change type is not displayed for registry keys in monitoring results
  • The MSI packages created via existing packages decompilation may be installed with errors
  • Possible errors when closing the application

Version 5.0.1 (January 31, 2014)

New and improved features

The below features have been introduced for the first time or significantly improved in this release:

  • An option was added to specify any command line to uninstall and/or repair an executable package wrapped into the generated MSI package
  • The range of property definition placeholders used for wrapped package parameters configuration was extended

Resolved issues

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

  • The predefined monitoring filters are corrected
  • Installation completion is not detected correctly if the monitored installation launches more than 64 processes
  • Some executable installations cannot be repackaged using wrapping
  • Packages with external files cannot be repaired and uninstalled together with the generated package when wrapped into an x64 MSI

Version 5.0 (January 22, 2014)

Brand-new user interface

The application interface is completely reworked. The new UI has a modern Ribbon-based look and has been designed to simplify repackaging, MSI configuration and generation tasks. It features the following improvements:

  • The starting Welcome page with the list of main actions, help resources and recently opened projects
  • New data editors with the options to sort and filter the displayed data
  • New data management dialogs with extended options
  • Improved wizards designed to simplify the main operations

Brand-new monitoring system with Intellectual Assistant

The Live Monitoring technology that tracks file system and registry changes has been significantly improved. The new monitoring system increases the repackaging success rate by 25% according to tests. The new system includes Intellectual Assistant that checks capturing results for problems and shows suggestions how to resolve them.

New repackaging method: installation wrapping

The new installation repackaging method allows wrapping one or multiple original installations into a single MSI package. It can be used if the original installations support silent deployment.

When adding a new original installation, you need to specify the location of the installation file and the command-line parameters used for installation in the silent mode. When the generated MSI package is installed, it runs the included original installations with specified silent deployment options to install them silently. The installations are deployed one-by-one according to the order you defined.

Extended and reorganized MSI generation options

The application allows you to create upgradable MSI packages using the improved upgrade options, which are represented in the MSI generation dialog. Using them, you can enable or disable upgrades and protect the MSI from downgrading. Also, during MSI generation, you can select the supported OS where the generated MSI package can be installed. The list of available OS includes the latest Windows versions, including Windows 8.1 and Windows 2012 R2.

The automated monitoring mode

This new feature is designed to simplify the repackaging process and improve the repackaging success rate. If you select the Automated Monitoring option in the Repackage Installation wizard, the application automatically stops installation monitoring and generates an MSI at the right time when the monitored installation and all related processes have been completed. It guarantees that the monitoring results include all required changes.

Multi-installation repackaging

You can repackage multiple installations into a single MSI package. This function is supported by both the monitoring and wrapping repackaging modes. You can specify multiple installations to be repackaged in the required order. In the monitoring mode, the specified installations are executed one-by-one and an MSI package is generated based on the monitoring results. In the wrapping mode, the specified installations are deployed silently when the MSI containing the installations is deployed.

Using MSI properties in project entries

If required, you can use the standard MSI properties in the file system and registry entries of MSI projects. For example, if a registry key includes the path to a file in a system folder, this path can be different on different OS, so if you specify just the path, the generated MSI can work incorrectly on other OS. In such cases, you can use MSI properties that refer to the standard system folder locations and are converted to the correct path during the MSI deployment.

New installation repackaging wizard

The new repackaging wizard is designed to help you repackage installations quickly and easily. It consists of just a few steps required to select the repackaged application and specify the repackaging options. The wizard guides you through the repackaging process, and you can find detailed on-screen instructions for every step. Also, the wizard includes recommendations for creating a repackaging environment and provides you with information on the repackaging best practices.

New and improved features

The below features have been introduced for the first time or significantly improved in this release:

  • Added options to suggest a feature and to report a problem directly from the application
  • Improved logging and reworked error messages to provide more detailed info for troubleshooting
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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