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    InstallShield alternative?

    Can anyone recommend a good alternative to InstallShield (specifically, something less expensive)? I've searched sourceforge.net but didn't come up with anything, wondering if anyone out there has any suggestions.

    I regularly work with VB6, MSVC++ 6, and C#, and would like to find a good installer that can cover them all.

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    Re: InstallShield alternative?

    Take a look at the following. One of these might work for you.

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...=Google+Search
    Wise Installation Studio
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    Re: InstallShield alternative?

    Innosetup is pretty good.
    I have used it alot.

    http://www.jrsoftware.org/isinfo.php
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    Quote Originally Posted by BytePtr
    Innosetup is pretty good.
    I have used it alot.

    http://www.jrsoftware.org/isinfo.php
    Very very good!
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    Re: InstallShield alternative?

    I recommend looking at NSIS. I've used it for one of my projects. It's open source and pretty straightforward with examples and extensible for custom install code.

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    Re: InstallShield alternative?

    Thanks to you all for the recommendations. The most votes here (and elsewhere on the Web) seem to be for Inno Setup and NSIS, I'll be taking a look at them both.

    -- Is there any one thing that sets Inno and NSIS apart from each other, any reason to use one over the other?

    -- Quick question regarding NSIS... it looks like it gives you a choice of GUI to develop scripts, is the Eclipse editor the best to use?

    Thanks again

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    Re: InstallShield alternative?

    In InnoSetup, simple things are easy to do yet there are many many advanced features which let you solve common tasks very elegently.

    Inno uses plain text INI style entries - things like 'put this exe there' and 'create this reg-entry' are very simple to add/edit. Each action can be conditional on user choices and/or the target environment.

    For more complex actions there's support for running Pascal script functions, which (amoungst other things) let you create and use COM automation objects such as MSXML DOM objects.
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    Re: InstallShield alternative?

    ahoodin
    To keep the plot moving, that's why.

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    Re: InstallShield alternative?

    This thread is a bit old, but I thought my finding may help others.

    I was searching for a cheaper or free alternative to InstallShield. I tried WiX but found it too complicated. In the end I found Advanced Installer. It's mostly oriented towards usability, so there are a lot of wizards and built-in stuff.

    So if you're looking for an easy solution, you can try it. It even has a free version.

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    Re: InstallShield alternative?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zaccheus View Post
    In InnoSetup, simple things are easy to do yet there are many many advanced features which let you solve common tasks very elegently.

    Inno uses plain text INI style entries
    Yes I have used InnoSetup to make great installation programs! I also find that InnoSetup Scripts are easily debugged and very flexible.
    ahoodin
    To keep the plot moving, that's why.

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