Thanks to all of you who were able to join us for our recent What's New in InstallAnywhere 2014 webinar. Lots of good questions. Here are your top 10 questions and answers. And if you missed the webinar, you can view it any time, on-demand.
- Is this possible to manage silent installs with InstallAnywhere?
Yes. Silent installation is supported on both Premier and Premier with Cloud Pack editions of InstallAnywhere.
- Does InstallAnywhere 2014 support minor upgrades or patches?
Yes. InstallAnywhere 2014 supports only major upgrades are this time; the support for minor upgrades is on the radar for future releases.
- Can I use InstallAnywhere to share projects across different users?
InstallAnywhere projects can be shared among multiple users using source control systems. Multiple teams can use merge modules to collaborate.
- How complicated is it to learn the script language used in InstallAnywhere?
InstallAnywhere does not use a script language.
- If InstallAnywhere has multiple instances installed on the target system, how does the upgrade handle this situation?
InstallAnywhere has granular upgrade behavior management that can be customized by the install author. There is an option called "if Multiple instances of the product satisfy the upgrade conditions" with two choices: 1) Automatically remove all of them and 2) Prompt the user to remove one of the instances.
- Can I have custom scripts included in InstallAnywhere for custom actions?
Yes, you can use custom code actions in InstallAnywhere.
- Can we code the installation within InstallAnywhere?
Yes, you can code parts of the installation in Java and then execute it within InstallAnywhere.
- Can I remove all old versions?
Yes, you can remove a previous version with major upgrades as long as it has the same product code or upgrade code if it has been created within InstallAnywhere 2014. Otherwise, if it has a different product code, you can specify that under the Manage Upgrade configuration.
Can I change the behavior of InstallAnywhere installation? Via clicks only or via script?Yes. About 99% of the time, via clicks. Though there is very rich support for scripts, Java code, and xmls, etc., these are recommended only for very advanced installs.
- How is InstallAnywhere different from InstallShield?
Great question. InstallShield is for Windows-based installations only, using an MSI engine to create the installations. InstallAnywhere runs on Java and creates multiplatform installers for Linux, Mac, Solaris, as well as Windows and other platforms.
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