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  • Blog Post: Complete list of Candle preprocessor variables

    Some people have asked about this in the past on the wix-users mailing list, so I thought I'd just put it here so it's on the web searches. (We really need to do an overhaul on our WiX home page ). This is just copied verbatim from the Wix.chm file. [Edit]: By the way, this list applies to Votive...
  • Blog Post: How to use Extensions in Votive (IIS or UI extensions, for example)

    It seems we have this question pop up a few times a week on the wix-users mailing list, so I thought I'd add something here as another reference when people are searching the web. Thanks to Aaron Stebner for writing this entry in our WiX.chm file, available as part of the WiX releases (>= 3.0.3419...
  • Blog Post: Handy little Visual Studio shortcut key for Wix/Votive developement

    If you use Visual Studio to edit your Wix projects (either using Votive or just the plain XML editor), you may be interested in this handy little shortcut key. If you turn on pedantic checking for your WiX files, one of the warnings will be about having mixed-case GUIDs. The easy fix is to select the...
  • Blog Post: Missing project/item template files after installing Votive

    I recently installed Votive on Vista and noticed that the project templates weren't showing up when going to File/New Project/WiX. I haven't dug into it deeply yet, but I suspect that it has to do with running devenv.exe /setup as part of the setup and devenv.exe is not being run as an administrator...
  • Blog Post: Updated the Votive page on wix.sourceforge.net

    We've been missing information about Votive on our official WiX web page, so I updated the web site. You can check it out at http://wix.sourceforge.net/votive.html . It also has some screen shots.
  • Blog Post: SharpDevelop now supports WiX projects

    Matt Ward has released a WiX setup project to SharpDevelop that looks pretty slick. It's got a lot of the same stuff that I've been planning on doing with Votive, but it looks like he's already done it. Great job! If you don't use Visual Studio, it might be a good alternative to Votive for you to try...
  • Blog Post: Votive installation requires ProjectAggregator2.msi

    When you try to install Votive v3 you'll probably see a dialog box that says something like " To install Votive, you need to first install ProjectAggregator2.msi, which is available at http://wix.sourceforge.net . " Well, to my shame, I forgot to put the MSI up on the web site. Until I get that worked...
  • Blog Post: Votive v3 has been released!!

    Well, after many weeks of work, I've finally checked in Votive v3. It is now available after any build >= 3.0.2120.0. You can download it from here . Just to highlight a few of the new features that are available... MSBuild support – the .wixproj file format is now an MSBuild file so you...
  • Blog Post: Update on Votive v3

    It's been a while since I blogged and I've been lax about keeping people up to date about the status of Votive, so here comes a much needed update. Several people have recently asked me two different questions recently in relation to the future of Votive: 1) What is currently in the works and 2) What...
  • Blog Post: Announcing a new WiX project: Sconce

    Although I'm still planning at this point to use the new VS SDK 2005 MPF classes , I want to continue to support the current Votive VS 2003 version for a little while. I at least want to clean up some bugs and make it a little more robust before moving on. To help me in this endeavor, I've created...
  • Blog Post: Validation of the Votive Roadmap

    I've gotten a lot of validation for the roadmap I laid out in my last blog entry via the wix-devs mailing list. Most people say that while it's unfortunate that support for Visual Studio 2003 will be cut off, if I get more for free by switching to the MPF in Visual Studio 2005, then I should go that...
  • Blog Post: Roadmap of Votive

    What is Votive and where is it going? Well, first of all you should probably understand what WiX is. In a nutshell, WiX (Windows Installer XML) is an XML-based language for creating Windows Installer packages (.MSI files) that can install applications for the Windows platform. Votive is the Visual Studio...
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