Altiris Tool Creates Vista Installations
- By Stuart J. Johnston
- January 11, 2007
Altiris announced it is shipping Wise Installation Studio 7.0, an updated tool
designed for creating installations for Windows Vista, 64-bit Windows operating
systems and Windows Mobile 5 devices.
Wise Installation Studio also aims to help developers reduce software support
costs by supporting Altiris' Software Virtualization Solution technology, according
to company statements. The technology enables developers to package applications
in the virtual software archive (.VSA) format in order to eliminate file and
registry conflicts between applications.
Version 7.0 also includes integration with Nalpeiron PRO-Tector Standard, a
tool that helps developers create trialware versions of applications. PRO-Tector
Standard generates, tracks and enforces software licenses, and provides a range
of options to protect software intellectual property through the software trial
period and product activation. Nalpeiron is offering Wise Installation Studio
7.0 customers a free copy of Nalpeiron PRO-Tector Standard, according to Altiris.
The new version is available in two versions -- Wise Installation Studio and
Wise Installation Express. Wise Installation Studio is a full-featured product
that contains advanced installation authoring capabilities, including support
for the Windows Installer (.MSI), WiseScript (.EXE) and virtual software archive
Meanwhile, Wise Installation Express provides a basic installation authoring
tool intended for software developers who only need support for the Windows
Installer (.MSI) format. Both products support Windows Vista and 64-bit Windows
Wise Installation Studio 7.0 costs $1,199 per user, while Wise Installation
Express costs $449 per user.
Stuart J. Johnston has covered technology, especially Microsoft, since February 1988 for InfoWorld, Computerworld, Information Week, and PC World, as well as for Enterprise Developer, XML & Web Services, and .NET magazines.