Macrovision updates software-packaging app


Macrovision updates software-packaging app

Macrovision has upgraded its AdminStudio software-packaging application, which the company acquired when it bought InstallShield.

AdminStudio 6 handles application packaging steps prior to large-scale deployments in an enterprise. These steps include conflict resolution, patches, updates, pre-deployment testing, and overall packaging and installation.

“This is for system administrators who are going to be packaging up applications for use within their organisations,” said Steve Schmidt, director of product management at Macrovision.

The product enables software to be deployed to hundreds of thousands of desktops, he said.

The Professional Edition of Version 6 features a more linear process for pre-deployment testing, to ensure applications are running properly prior to deployment. This is done through a process assistant that walks the user through the process and a start page to access the process assistant.

Also featured is improved integration with application deployment tools such as Microsoft SMS 2003, ZENworks, LANdesk and Tivoli. 

The product also converts InstallScript MSI (Microsoft Installer) formats into a pure MSI installation.

MSI is a standard for enterprise installations and its usage provides automation and reliability, according to Macrovision. InstallScript is a programming language featured in InstallShield authoring tools.

AdminStudio 6 is available in Standard and Professional editions, with the Professional Edition featuring conflict resolution and testing, such as file or registry conflicts.

The Professional Edition has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $3,999 (£2,250).

Paul Krill writes for Infoworld

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