InstallBuilder 8 Released - Create Powerful Cross-Platform Installers and Auto-Updaters

The latest release of InstallBuilder includes a built-in debugger, downloadable component support, dynamic page generation and other features to simplify the process of building sophisticated cross-platform software installers and auto-updaters.

_San Francisco, CA. November 10, 2011. - _BitRock, a leading provider of cross-platform software deployment tools and services, announced today the release of version 8 of InstallBuilder, its cross-platform installer development tool. This new version enables developers to build more flexible and sophisticated installers with support for downloadable components, subcomponents, dynamic page generation and a built-in debugger.

InstallBuilder is a development tool for creating cross-platform installers, native packages, DVDs and CD-ROMs. It provides an intuitive graphical development environment, making it easy to learn and use, and an XML-based project format that allows for collaborative development, version control and integration with automated build and test environments. From one project file and build environment, developers can build installers for Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, Solaris, FreeBSD, HP-UX, AIX, IRIX, IBM iSeries and pSeries and other platforms.

InstallBuilder 8 extends the already-robust development tool by adding the following features:

  • Debugger: The new debugger simplifies and speeds the installer development process by allowing developers to run through their installation step-by-step to identify and correct issues at development time.

  • Downloadable Components: Components defined as downloadable will not be packed in the installer and will be downloaded at runtime if they are selected for installation by the user. This minimizes the size of the installer download and avoids bundling components that not every user is going to install.

  • Subcomponents: The new component system allows developers to group individual components and build feature sets that will be displayed in a tree structure ("subcomponents".) It also allows users to add and remove specific components from existing installations.

  • Enhanced Parameter Support: Enhanced parameter support makes it possible to create dynamic pages that will be automatically reconfigured based on user's input such as enabling or disabling certain entries. This enables developers to create a more customized and streamlined installation experience for users.

"InstallBuilder's comprehensive cross-platform support has proven invaluable to us, giving our Postgres Plus and Postgres Enterprise Manager customers a consistent installation experience no matter what operating system they run on as well as reducing our development costs by avoiding the need to support multiple technologies. BitRock's excellent technical support team are the icing on the cake, helping us out quickly and efficiently whenever we need a hand," mentioned Dave Page, Chief Architect, Tools & Installers, at EnterpriseDB.

Another BitRock customer, Jonathan Grundman, the Technical Support Analyst for AccuWeather, added, "Before using InstallBuilder, we were creating our install packages manually, which took about twenty minutes. Through the use of InstallBuilder, we were able to fully automate this process integrated with a simple web interface, which now only takes a few minutes. We were also able to easily integrate some additional downloads for our software, which clients would have to install separately from the program, into one easy installation task. InstallBuilder has greatly reduced the time we have to spend on each individual install package."

Fully functional evaluation copies of InstallBuilder 8 may be downloaded from http://installbuilder.bitrock.com/download.html .

About BitRock

BitRock provides tools and services for packaging, deploying and updating software. Millions of end users have installed software packaged with InstallBuilder, a cross platform installer development tool which is used by hundreds of BitRock customers and open source projects throughout the world. BitRock also offers a full-service solution for providing software vendors with ready-to-run, easy to install packages of their applications and all of the third party software required to run them.

Through its BitNami.org website, BitRock has provided native installers, virtual appliances and cloud images for popular open source applications to over a million users worldwide. BitRock's commercial offering for BitNami, BitNami Cloud Hosting, simplifies the process of running open source applications in the cloud for solution providers, web developers and ISVs.

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