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UPDATE 6/12/2014: We have released the final version of this extension - v220.127.116.11. This release addresses:
Unfortunately we couldn't address all cases of the command line issue for this release as we're still investigating the appropriate way to address them. What we do have is a workaround that we believe will work for almost all of them. If you are still suffering this issue then you can try to change the DWORD value for HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\12.0_Config\MSBuild\EnableOutOfProcBuild registry value to 0. If this doesn't exist you can create it as a DWORD.
UPDATE 5/27/14: As we progress towards an RTM release for our extension, we wanted to let you know that we just posted the 0.9.1.0 version to the Visual Studio Gallery. In fact you should be getting a notification in your Notification Hub and/or the Extensions & Updates dialog right about now.
This version addresses a number issues reported by customers including:
Please try this extension update and let us know if it doesn't address the above, and of course about any other issues that you find.
We have heard many customers express the desire that we bring back support for Visual Studio Installer projects. In fact this was one of the topmost voted on suggestions on User Voice for Visual Studio and with this extension release we hope to address your feedback both here on the blog and on UserVoice.
We’re happy today to announce the preview availability of the Visual Studio Installer Projects Extension. This preview release provides support for Visual Studio Installer projects in Visual Studio 2013. You can download the extension from the Visual Studio Gallery.
To use this extension you can either open the Extensions and Updates dialog, select the online node and search for “Visual Studio Installer Projects Extension” or you can click here to go directly to the Visual Studio Gallery page that hosts the control.
Once you have finished installing the extension and restarted Visual Studio you will be able to open existing Visual Studio Installer Projects or create new ones.
Our intention with this extension is to give those of you with Visual Studio Installer projects the same functionality that you currently have in Visual Studio 2010. This extension enables those customer who aren’t using Visual Studio Installer projects to have ISLE as their preferred installer project solution and those who are to have support for both ISLE and their existing Visual Studio Installer projects. While the extension is not localized it is fully supported on both localized and English versions of Visual Studio.
For those of you looking for an improved deployment experience in Visual Studio we are continuing our partnership with Flexera to provide InstallShield Limited Edition (ISLE) as our in-box solution. ISLE is a great solution for those customers looking for added capabilities not found in Visual Studio Installer Projects, such as TFS and MSBuild integration, support for creating new web sites and ISO 19770-2 Tagging support, etc.
This release is a Preview version and we’d like to hear from you about any issues you have in using this with your existing Visual Studio Installer projects. We expect to release the final RTM version of this after we have addressed your feedback. So please try it out and give us general feedback via UserVoice and bugs via the Q&A section on the Visual Studio Gallery.
Very well done! Thank you very much!
So this is not compatible with Visual Studio 2012?
Good to see that user feedback can make a difference, this is a welcome return
Thanks a lot!!! We have been waiting for that a long time...We need simple installers capable of COM Addins for Visio
GREAT! I will upgrade to 2013 Right AWAY!
This is indeed the best update ever! I can now use VS2013. Best news since the wheel was invented. Thanks. A lot!!!
Excellent news... good timing also as we just updated to vs2013... We were trying wix but that was a mess...
what about VS2012?
This is excellent news, thank you for listening!
That warm fuzzy feeling inside when you know you've done right by your customers is priceless. It's a bit like the dude who demoed the return of the start menu at the BUILD conference - you could almost feel his internal tears of joy when the audience stood up and applauded, confirming that it was the right thing to do.
Just think how amazing you guys will feel when you address the even bigger issue of the universally disliked UI changes introduced in 2012 (namely the monochrome icons and SCREAMING menus)!
Now we just need the good old deployment project back
Great news! Finally! Thank you very much!
Thank you very much!
The lack of support for the installer projects in VS 2012 and VS 2013 forced us to learn to use the WIX installer. And that was a good lesson, we will continue to use it because its great flexibility.
Well, the good news is that you listened. The not so good news is that it took two years. And you closed the ironically named "UserVoice" vote on the topic.
And you persist in trying to present the Installshield Hobbled Edition as something that we should be grateful for.
So we're glad at this step, but the whole episode has been handled poorly.