Macrovision Corporation (Freeware)

InstallShield, a setup creator, is a software tool for building installers and software packages. Its main use is for installing applications for Microsoft Windows computers and servers. The software can also be used for managing various applications and packages for mobile devices. Majority of the applications for Windows systems are created with the InstallShield software.

InstallShield produces an .exe file that can be used on another computer to install from the source computer where it was made. The user may determine registry settings during installation. Features of InstallShield Premier Edition include enhanced suite capabilities, support of complex requirements with minimal coding, support of installation development, maintenance of a clean system, and provide an easy ‘application store like’ experience.

The newest version of InstallShield includes support for upcoming technologies, such as Windows 8 and Visual Studio 11. Other added features to the new version include support for Microsoft SQL Azure and advanced wizard page editor, and redesigned wizard pages.

A trial of the software is available on their website and is free to use for 21 days after the first launch on the computer. InstallShield is available for Microsoft Windows and Linux. It comes in  3 editions: Premier for software companies and professional installations, Professional for novice software installation developers, and Express for software developers and setup authors.

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