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From Paul Sutton <>
Subject Re: windows installer
Date Fri, 20 Mar 1998 11:02:44 GMT
On Sun, 15 Mar 1998, Marc Slemko wrote:
> It has been suggested to me that looking at a product called Wise
> ( may be worthwhile.  I know nothing about it, and we
> would have to convince them to give a free license, but I figure perhaps
> their programmers have advanced beyond the "busy-wait 'cause its cool"
> stage that installshield is at. 

Or Vise, which is different to Wise despite the almost indistinguishable

I've tried the downloadable version, and it looks good. It seems to be
powerful as IS5, but without the need for a script language. It can also
be run from the command line. Support for large hierarchies of little
files looks a lot better than IS2 (IS2 creates "program groups" for every
directory when you drag and drop a directory, making management a real
pain; Vise keeps the full original hierarchy, and even lets you select and
unselect individual files/directoris within the hierarchy, or add
hierarchies for other physical locations into the installable hierachy. 

On the downside, its configuration file is in a binary format (but there
is a menu option to globally search-and-replace file paths) [for
comparison, IS2 has a text config file so we can change paths, but no way
of doing it within IS2, and IS5 spreads config files across multiple
directories making changing directories all but impossible].


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