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Compared InstallAware and Wise/Symantec Products Side-By-Side

InstallAware is no longer considering Wise products as a major competition and you will have hard time finding any charts showing information about the differences. I have managed to recover some old charts, but they are mostly applicable today and you might find it useful.

Note. InnoSetup features are specified based on some experience I have had with it and might not be complete. Please let me know if something should be corrected.

Design Features
  InstallAware (MSI)  
  InstallShield (MSI)  
  Wise 7 Studio (MSI)  
  Wise 9 Pro (non-MSI)  
  InnoSetup (non-MSI)  
Stand Alone IDESupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Visual WizardsSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Setup CaptureSupported Feature Checkmark
Supported Feature Checkmark
Automatic Logo CompliancySupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Automatic Vista Certification CompliancySupported Feature Checkmark
Supported Feature Checkmark
Dynamic File LinkingSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Dynamic FeaturesSupported Feature Checkmark
ScriptingSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Two-Way Integrated Editing (Visual/Code)Supported Feature Checkmark
Supported Feature Checkmark
One-Click PatchingSupported Feature Checkmark
DebuggerSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Service SupportSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Database SupportSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Compiler DirectivesSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Supported Feature Checkmark
Manual ICE ValidationSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Automation InterfaceSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Web ApplicationsSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Unlimited Web UpdatesSupported Feature Checkmark
Supported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Update Client Source CodeSupported Feature Checkmark
Technology Support
  InstallAware (MSI)  
  InstallShield (MSI)  
  Wise 7 Studio (MSI)  
  Wise 9 Pro (non-MSI)  
  InnoSetup (non-MSI)  
Compression
LZMA/BCJ2
CAB
ZIP
LZMA/BZIP2
Muli-Core CompressionSupported Feature Checkmark
256 bit AES EncryptionSupported Feature Checkmark
Windows InstallerSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Merge ModulesSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Web Media BlocksSupported Feature Checkmark
Supported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Interactive Flash BillboardsSupported Feature Checkmark
Interactive HTML BillboardsSupported Feature Checkmark
Maintenance/Repair InstallationSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Scriptable UninstallationSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
DIFx 2.01 SupportSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Genuine Scripting for Windows InstallerSupported Feature Checkmark
Hybrid 32 bit/64 bit Single File InstallerSupported Feature Checkmark
Supported Feature Checkmark
Supported Feature Checkmark
System Tray Minimizable WizardsSupported Feature Checkmark
Supported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Virtual Machine DetectionSupported Feature Checkmark
Supported Feature Checkmark
Extensibility
  InstallAware (MSI)  
  InstallShield (MSI)  
  Wise 7 Studio (MSI)  
  Wise 9 Pro (non-MSI)  
  InnoSetup (non-MSI)  
EXESupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Plug-InsSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Supported Feature Checkmark
Call Any DLL FunctionSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Unified Scripting (Install/Maintain/Uninstall)Supported Feature Checkmark
International Support
  InstallAware (MSI)  
  InstallShield (MSI)  
  Wise 7 Studio (MSI)  
  Wise 9 Pro (non-MSI)  
  InnoSetup (non-MSI)  
Supported Languages 34 33 20 5 20
Languages Included in Base Package 1 1 6 5 20
Edit LanguagesSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Redistributable Translation EnvironmentSupported Feature Checkmark
Runtime Dialogs
  InstallAware (MSI)  
  InstallShield (MSI)  
  Wise 7 Studio (MSI)  
  Wise 9 Pro (non-MSI)  
  InnoSetup (non-MSI)  
Pre-built Setup Themes 15 2 4 1 1
Pre-built Runtime Dialogs 265 66 56 9
Dialog EditorSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Create New Setup ThemesSupported Feature Checkmark
Supported Feature Checkmark
Available Dialog Controls 38 23 ?? 12
Automatic Variable Passing to/from ScriptSupported Feature Checkmark
Supported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Alpha Blending and TransparencySupported Feature Checkmark
Vista GlassSupported Feature Checkmark
Build and Distribution Media
  InstallAware (MSI)  
  InstallShield (MSI)  
  Wise 7 Studio (MSI)  
  Wise 9 Pro (non-MSI)  
  InnoSetup (non-MSI)  
CD-ROM/DVD Optical MediaSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Self-Extracting EXESupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Light Mode Setups (no setup runtime)Supported Feature Checkmark
Differential Binary PatchingSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Partial Web Deployment with Web Media Blocks (WebAware Installation)Supported Feature Checkmark
Supported Feature Checkmark
Custom Icons in Setup ExecutablesSupported Feature Checkmark
Supported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Release Management (multiple builds)Supported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Command Line Build ToolsSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Authenticode Code SigningSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Redistributable Build InterfaceSupported Feature Checkmark
Web Based Automation InterfaceSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Target Platforms
  InstallAware (MSI)  
  InstallShield (MSI)  
  Wise 7 Studio (MSI)  
  Wise 9 Pro (non-MSI)  
  InnoSetup (non-MSI)  
Windows 95/98/Me/NT4/2000/XP/2003/VistaSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
.NET FrameworkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Internet Information ServicesSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Microsoft SQL ServerSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
MySQLSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Oracle, Oracle NetSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Pre-install MSI runtimeSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Pre-install .NET FrameworkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Pre-install .NET Framework 1.1 with SP 1Supported Feature Checkmark
Pre-install .NET Framework 2.0Supported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Pre-install .NET Framework 3.0Supported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Pre-install .NET Framework 3.5Supported Feature Checkmark
Pre-install Internet Explorer 6Supported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Pre-install Internet Explorer 7Supported Feature Checkmark
Pre-install Java Virtual MachineSupported Feature CheckmarkSupported Feature Checkmark
Pre-install Microsoft SQL Server Express with Service Pack 2Supported Feature Checkmark
Pricing
  InstallAware (MSI)  
  InstallShield (MSI)  
  Wise 7 Studio (MSI)  
  Wise 9 Pro (non-MSI)  
  InnoSetup (non-MSI)  
List price base product (US Dollars)
$1199
Included in WIS
Free

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