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LINCOLN, NEB. - Oct. 17, 2001: In continuing support for development on Mac OS X, MindVision Software today ships Installer VISE(tm) 7.4. This version equips developers for installs on Mac OS X v10.1, the first major update to Apple's new operating system. The installer is available for download at


Features of the new Installer VISE include:

Set permissions for install items
With support for groups and permissions, Installer VISE lets you control user access to items you install on Mac OS X. These options are available in the Get Info window of files and folders.

Pass install path to UNIX shell scripts
An installer that calls a UNIX shell script before or after installing an item will now also pass the install path to the script. This path is accessible through the UNIX $1 parameter.

Install symbolic links
Symbolic links are a way to reference files and folders in the Mac OS X file system. Because they refer to items by path, symbolic links are useful when the item should always exist at a specific location. Installer VISE can properly install these links on Mac OS X.

Support for longer file names
For installs on Mac OS X, Installer VISE now supports file names of up to 63 characters. The previous limit was 32 characters.

Edit text files
The new Edit Text File action item allows you to edit text in the data fork of Macintosh files, including hidden files. This action can perform the following edits:
    ·  Add text to the beginning or the end of the file.
    ·  Search for text and delete it, replace it or insert text before or after it.

Launch a web browser
You can use the new Launch URL action item to launch the default web browser on the customerís system and open a specified URL.

Comment support for installer archives
The new Comment action item allows you to note logic in your installer archives. These comments have no effect on the installers you build.

Prevent installs to invisible folders
Installer VISE 7.4 lets you control whether the user can install to invisible folders on Mac OS X.

Leave applications running during uninstalls
You can now control whether installers shut down running applications during an unistall.

Extended user authentication
Installer VISE can authenticate user access privileges for all versions of Mac OS X.

Greater control of installer logic
Your installer logic may now include loops to repeat an action item as many times as required. Previous versions did not reevaluate an action item's pass/fail status.

More sample projects
We have added several external code and shell script examples to our sample projects. These projects are available through the "Tutorial and Sample Files" option of the Installer VISE installer.


Best Industry Support. MindVision is known for its unmatched dedication to customer support. MindVision provides support for the same low price as always - FREE!

Best Community Commitment. MindVision was founded by small, independent developers. Nobody knows how to support the shareware and freeware author like we do. MindVision offers free, full strength installer tools to qualified independent-minded developers.

Deep and wide feature set. Installer VISE was designed specifically to meet the needs of our thousands of customers, from the smallest to the largest. Installer VISE is used to build the most complicated software installations on both Macintosh and Windows.

Mac OS Commitment. Installer VISE supports the very latest system software features. We are there for our customers who support the latest Apple technologies.

100% solution. MindVision always takes the extra time to research all the minute details and provide a complete solution for any given feature. Extra effort in adding extensive support for Mac OS X domains and user accounts makes Installer VISE the only choice for developers who want top-notch solutions.

Features you can't get anywhere else, including:
·  Archive libraries to easily modularize your installer
·  C-like variables to graphically add programming-level power to your installer
·  Build directives to customize your installers for multiple purposes
·  Task assistants to make getting started and putting the polish on installers easier than ever
·  Seamless integration with eSellerate(tm), our sister company's comprehensive e-commerce tool kit (


When comparing installer tools, here are some points worth considering:

Industry acceptance. Installer VISE is used by Apple, Microsoft, Adobe, Macromedia, Metrowerks, id, AOL, Symantec, Dantz, Intuit, Kodak, MacSoft, Netscape, Connectix, and thousands of other software companies. Most of them used to use our competitor's product, but now they've come to rely on MindVision and Installer VISE.

Innovation. Installer VISE has consistently been first to market with the powerful features customers want. But don't just take our word for it - we encourage you to compare for yourself.

A company focused on developers. MindVision has been selling installation tools for over 8 years.

World-ready. Installer VISE can create installers in 16 languages.

Macintosh and Windows installers. Many Mac software companies also produce Windows versions of their products. By offering installers for both platforms, we eliminate the headache of using a cryptic, script-based Windows installer.

Installer VISE Lite. We offer a tightly-focused, low-cost alternative for smaller Macintosh customers.

We care. We always have, and always will offer our installer tools for free to shareware developers. We don't limit our offer to one year.


Founded in 1987, MindVision Software is a recognized industry leader specializing in software delivery systems for Macintosh and Windows. Installer VISE has long been the industry standard installer for the Macintosh, and is rapidly gaining recognition as an excellent choice for Windows. Thousands of software companies, including Apple, Adobe, Microsoft, Netscape, Macromedia, AOL, Connectix and FileMaker have come to rely on our software to deliver professional, easy-to-use installers to their customers.

Fully-functional evaluation copies of MindVision products can be obtained directly from the MindVision web site, by calling (402) 323-6600, or by sending e-mail to

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