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Virtual Application Studio

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Categories: Deployment - Installation

Author: Xenocode

Latest version: 2010
Added 2008-05-20Updated 2009-10-20

Application virtualization technology that allows your Windows, .NET, and Java-based applications to be deployed in compact, pre-configured virtual executables that run instantly, anywhere via the web, USB keys, or existing desktop management infrastructure.

Features include:
- Deploy apps in a single executable
- Stream with no infrastructure changes
- Execute .NET and Java with no runtime
- Run legacy applications on Vista and Windows 7
- Execute on locked-down desktops: allows applications to avoid accessing privileged filesystem and registry resources, allowing execution on locked-down desktops and eliminating UAC prompts and application failures on Windows Vista
- Completely user mode implementation: does not depend on any agent or device driver support, eliminating requirements for client installation or administrative privileges
- Active Directory deployment and Windows shell integration

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InstallShield

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Categories: Deployment - Installation

Author: Macrovision Corporation

Latest version: 11.5
Added 2004-02-11Updated 2004-11-05

Windows installation-authoring solution, enabling software developers to create customized Windows Installer (MSI), InstallScript, and smart device installations all with the same development environment.
DevStudio is integrated into the Visual Studio .NET IDE, giving you the option to create installations within the Visual Studio interface or within the DevStudio IDE. You can configure IIS virtual directories, build installations for any Windows CE device, distribute the .NET Framework or .NET Compact Framework, and much more.

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Ghost Installer

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Categories: Deployment - Installation

Author: Ethalone Solutions

Latest version: 4.6
Added 2005-01-17Updated 2007-06-25

Deployment tool.
Features include:
- Custom User Interface: create installation dialogs
- Mr. Skinner: skin any installation window
- Perform numerous custom actions and create scripts
- Check registry values and write configuration files depending on the choices a use makes
- WebDeploy: create small-size installations, which download only those components that were requested by the user

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AppLife Update

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Categories: Deployment - Installation

Author: Kinetic Jump Software

Latest version: 1.3.0.15
Added 2008-08-13

Automatic application updating for .NET applications.

Features include:
- API to customize the update process
- Console application for integrating update publishing into your automated build process. MSBuild and Finalbuilder based wrapper actions available for download.
- Localized updating interface
- Update clients using AppLife Update engine, or use the AppLife Update distribution system to distribute and execute MSI-based upgrades and patches, or distribute your own custom updater executable
- Cryptographic update package signature verification
- Download updates using Secure Socket Layers (SSL)
- Access secured network folders
- Securely elevate privileges for update execution
- Apply updates silently
- Use any web or file server; Update over any common network protocol.

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.NETZ

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Categories: Deployment - Installation

Author: MadeBits.com

Latest version: 0.3.3
Added 2006-05-29

Tool that compresses and packs the .NET Framework executable (EXE, DLL) files in order to make them smaller.

Unlike portable executable (PE) packers, .NETZ uses a pure .NET solution and it is written in C#. .NETZ can be used to pack .NET executables written in almost every .NET language.
.NETZ supports both .NET EXE and non-shared DLL files. The compressed applications can be used the in same way as the uncompressed ones, transparently to the end user.

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SharpPlus Html Help 2 Registration Toolkit

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Categories: Deployment - Installation, Documentation - Code commenting

Author: SharpPlus

Latest version: 1.0
Added 2005-05-12

Utility that registers HTML Help 2 collections and titles.
It can be used to integrate HTML Help 2 to Visual Studio, Delphi, etc. without having to create manually the proper records in the Windows Installer database.

Features include:
- a GUI program to create registration configuration file and that can be used to test registration.
- a command line version, which can be redistributed to deploy the HTML Help collections.
- Supports registering HTML Help 2 to multiple targets such as VS.NET 2003 and Delphi 2005.
- Supports registering HTML Help 2 as plugin or merge topic.
- Free for non-commercial use without any functional limitation.

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Salamander .NET Linker and Mini-Deployment Tool

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Categories: Compilation, Deployment - Installation

Author: Remotesoft

Latest version: 2.0
Added 2003-10-28Updated 2006-01-20

Allows you to link .NET assemblies together into a single file, and to deploy your application without installation of the whole .NET Framework. The linker links MSIL code on demand, putting together only the required classes and methods, and it is capable of linking into the .NET framework class libraries. The mini-deployment tool then builds a minimum set of the .NET runtime to ship with your application.

Features include:
- Link on demand
- Link into Framework APIs
- Native compilation
- No need to deploy the full .NET Framework
- Code protection
- Enables debugging to step through the .NET Framework APIs
- Integration with Visual Studio
- VC++.NET support

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InstallShield Express

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Categories: Deployment - Installation

Author: Macrovision Corporation

Latest version: 11.5
Added 2003-05-20Updated 2004-02-11

Setup authors are guided step-by-step through the entire installation process with a point-and-click solution that requires no scripting.
Installshield Express can be used inside the Visual Studio .NET shell or separately using its traditional IDE. Your views are integrated into the Visual Studio solution explorer and each view is presented as a workspace tab. Your installation automatically updates with the latest source files every time your solution is built. .NET applications are fully supported with an option to distribute the .NET Framework, and more.

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Lexpa

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Categories: Deployment - Installation

Author: Lexpa

Latest version: 1.0
Added 2008-08-02

Inno Setup integration for Visual Studio that allows you to create and build Inno Setup projects using Visual Studio 2005.

Features include:
- Configurable syntax coloring for Inno Setup script files
- Visual Studio 2005 IDE integration
- Support of TFS (as well as other Source Code Control providers)
- Participation in solution build process (build order, dependenciesů)
- MSBuild support
- Ability to set Pre- and Post-build commands for Inno Setup project
- Quick jump to the source code when error occurred from Error-list window

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Advanced Installer

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Categories: Deployment - Installation

Author: Caphyon

Latest version: 5.2.2
Added 2007-04-04Updated 2007-09-17

Windows Installer authoring tool that enables developers and system administrators to build MSI packages.

Features include:
- Runs on Windows 2000/XP; Created install packages run on the Windows 9x/ME/NT/2k/XP/Vista operating systems
- Project files are saved as XML files for easy integration with source control systems
- Installs .NET assemblies in Global Assembly Cache (GAC) or privately, side-by-side on Windows XP
- Extracts registration information and registers .NET assemblies for COM interoperability
- Can precompile .NET assemblies
- Scans and detects .NET assembly attributes
- Checks if the right .NET framework is present on the target machine and, if necessary, downloads and installs it.
- Supporst .NET custom actions to take advantage of Installer classes

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Dispatch

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Categories: ASP.NET, Deployment - Installation

Author: Bobby DeRosa

Latest version: 1.0.2.6
Added 2006-10-03Updated 2008-02-07

Visaul Studio plugin that helps you keep track of the files that need to be uploaded for your ASP.NET projects.
Dispatch is designed for web developers that don't need a build server to deploy their projects. If you use in-place compilation or Web Application Projects, Dispatch can be used when it comes time to sync your changes.

Features include:
- Uploading files by checking boxes and clicking a button or keyboard command.
- Let Dispatch handle the task of determining which files need to be uploaded.
- Track modified files in realtime or do a file comparison-when you're ready to deploy.
- Specify the FTP settings for your site and you're set. Optionally, you can configure file filters using wildcard patterns to filter out files that shouldn't be deployed.
- Local connection string different from your production connection string? Use String Replacement to replace strings in any project file on-upload.
- In addition to file-change tracking, Dispatch offers File Comparison at a per-directory level in two different modes, so you can identify dirty files.
- The Remote View Overlay feature fuses your remote file system directly on top of your local file system, giving an overview of project inconsistencies.
- Items that exist remotely can be downloaded, renamed and deleted. Remote-only items appear opaque and are noted with a red bullet. Items that exist locally-only are noted with a green bullet.
- As an option, Dispatch can quietly monitor changes to files within your projects. When a file is added, renamed or updated, the file will be queued for upload. When you are ready to deploy, click the Upload button at the top and Dispatch will asynchronously transfer your files to your server.
- Integration with Visual Studio 2005/2008.

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Updater Application Block

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Categories: Deployment - Installation

Author: Microsoft

Latest version: 2.0
Added 2003-06-30Updated 2006-05-30

This component can be used to detect, download, and apply client application updates deployed in a central location.
By using the Updater Application Block, you can keep smart client applications up to date with little or no user intervention. You can also extend the Updater Application Block to use custom classes for downloading files and for performing post-deployment configuration tasks.

Features include:
- Helps you implement a "pull model" for automatically downloading updates for .NET Framework applications.
- Helps you perform post-download configuration tasks without requiring user intervention.
- Support for partial updates
- Events to enable the application to perform any custom processing at key stages of the update process
- Support for using events to monitor download progress
- Support for updates based on Microsoft Windows Installer technology
- Separation of concerns: manifest, downloader, and activation with extensibility points at appropriate levels
- Support for multiple types of downloaders
- A graphical tool for managing configuration settings based on Enterprise Library
- Adherence to the patterns and practices Enterprise Library specification

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Mono Tools for Visual Studio

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Categories: Deployment - Installation

Author: Novell

Latest version: 2.0 Beta 1
Added 2009-07-31Updated 2010-06-04

Port your applications to Mono and Linux without leaving Visual Studio.

Features include:
- Scan for Mono compatibility: Scan your application with the Mono Migration Analyzer (MoMA) directly in Visual Studio.
- Test on Windows: Compile and launch your application running in Mono on Windows.
- Test on Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X: Automatically compile your application and launch it on your Linux PC or virtual image.
- Debug remotely on Linux: Debug your application running on Mono on Linux directly in Visual Studio, just like you normally do.
- Package for Linux: Visually create a SUSE RPM installer package for your application.
- Create a SUSE Linux appliance: Bundle your application into a SUSE Linux appliance for easy distribution to your users.

Requirements:
- Windows XP, Vista, or 7, 32 or 64 bits
- Visual Studio 2008 SP1 or 2010, Standard or Professional
Linux image runs in VMWare (vmx/ova) or Virtual PC (vpc)

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ActiSetup

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Categories: Deployment - Installation

Author: Dacris Software

Latest version: 2005
Added 2005-01-20

Solution for building installations.
Featuring complete Windows Installer support, ActiSetup allows you to create your own MSI installation packages, patches, and even merge modules. In addition, ActiSetup includes a customizable setup launcher designed to simplify the process of installing prerequisites such as the .NET Framework.
ActiSetup also comes with an updater service, so you can deliver patches to your users.
Additional features include:
- Project Wizard
- Forms Designer
- Single-file distribution
- File Dependency Scanner
- MSI Table Editor

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Wise Installation Studio

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Categories: Deployment - Installation

Author: Altiris

Latest version: 7
Added 2004-03-02

Installer product from that combines Windows Installer and WiseScript technologies. Wise Installation Studio creates installations for desktop, server, web or mobile platforms with features that support the technologies including Windows Vista, 64-bit, virtualization and more.

Features include:
- Can be used in Visual Studio or as a standalone environment
- Enables to create bootstrap installations that pre-install .NET Framework 2.0 before installing the application
- Automatic synchronization of the Visual Studio project file with your installation file
- Support for ASP.NET web applications
- Support for application virtualization
- Installations for mobile devices
- Support for server installations
- Trialware support

A light version is available: Wise Installation Express.

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Unleash It

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Categories: ASP.NET, Deployment - Installation

Author: Matt Hawley

Latest version: 2.4
Added 2004-03-18Updated 2004-12-11

Tool to make moving ASP.NET solutions to servers easier.
Features include:
- Windows-based user interface
- Command line version (useful for scripts or processes)
- Visual Studio .NET 2003 add-in

Former name: WebDeploy.

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SmartAssembly

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Categories: Code protection - Obfuscation, Compilation, Deployment - Installation, Tracing - Logging - Monitoring

Author: Red Gate Software

Latest version: 5.5
Added 2005-12-01Updated 2009-09-01

Improvement, protection and exception reporting tool for .NET assemblies.

Features include:
- Dependencies merging
- Pruning: automatically detects and removes the code that will never be executed at runtime
- Classes and methods obfuscation
- Control flow obfuscation
- References dynamic proxy: hide most of the calls to external methods, properties or fields
- Strings encoding
- Anti-disassembler and anti-decompiler
- Unhandled exception reporting (with 24x7x365 Web service)
- Resources compression and encryption: reduce assembly sizes; allows the protection of XAML files
- Dependencies compression and embedding
- Memory management
- Debugging capabilities
- No need to make any change in your code, or to learn a 3rd party object model
- Command line mode

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