InstallShield, IBM Install Solutions to Simplify Software Installations

InstallShield Software Corp. released three new Multi-Platform Edition products, InstallShield Express, InstallShield Professional, and InstallShield Enterprise. The product line is the result of a year-long co-development relationship with IBM Corp.

The Multi-Platform products, formerly known as InstallShield Java Edition, provide developers with the capability to create one application installation that meets the needs of multiple platforms, including Solaris, Linux, AIX, OS/2, and Windows.

InstallShield worked with major platform vendors in order to create “Platform Packs,” which build on the platform-specific capabilities in each operating system to provide the most robust installations for each environment. The Platform Packs combine Java classes and native code with several benefits. Java applications launch without requiring users to run a separate batch file to launch the Java virtual machine; native desktop icons are built; applications uninstall correctly using the OS’ native control panel; file associations are set up for each native environment; native installation technologies can be incorporated into the installation setup; and software objects are defined and managed so that multiple products can share components. The software also features a graphical installation interface.

Contact InstallShield, (847) 240-9111,

About the Author

Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.


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