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October 25, 2009

InstallAware Give Away Results

I'd like to thank Sinan at InstallAware for his generous offer of a InstallAware Developer license to readers of this blog. The offer started on Tuesday and went until Friday. During that period this blog had 1379 page loads from 859 unique visitors. Sinan Karaca reports to me that they gave away 56 free licenses worth $83,944.00.

In other news, the Federal Trace Commission has adopted new guidelines that requires blogs to disclose endorsement compensation. As such I've posted an official disclosure stating the position of this blog. In summary, this blog has never and will never accept any form of compensation. We will however pass on swag opportunities to our readers when given the chance.


Jonathan Thorpe said...

Unfortunately, I requested a license and did not receive one, I wonder if the licenses have actually been sent out yet.

Bill MacEachern said...


You aren't missing anything. I'm a long-time Wise for Windows Installer user (I was even a forum advisor for several years there), but since that product is pretty much dead for all intents and purposes, I checked out InstallAware. Let me tell you what a frustrating two weeks it was while I was evaluating. No direct access to the tables. Their support people tell me that I don't need to do that. I've been doing Windows Installer for about 8 years now, and I know how valuable direct table access is. Then there was the bug that corrupted my project randomly with a weird Web Block error. I wasn't even making a Web Install, so I'm not sure how web blocks came into the picture. I had to recreate my eval project several times. After another couple of false starts, I just gave up and turfed it.

I don't know where to turn now. WfWI is dead, IS is crap and IA also seems to be crap. Time to start doing it by hand with WiX??