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LINCOLN, NEB. - Dec. 11, 2003: MindVision Software announces the immediate availability of Installer VISE(tm) 8.3. This update to the highly versatile installer brings enhanced stability for installs on both Classic Mac OS and Mac OS X.

Version 8.3 is a maintenance release that all current users are encouraged to install. The installer is available for downloading at

The changes in Installer VISE 8.3 include:


  • A bug fix allows CD installers to install files with long filenames without truncating the names.
  • A cosmetic issue with the Delete button in the Package List dialog is fixed.
  • On Mac OS X, the installer names displayed in the menu bar and when mousing over the Dock will now always match the names assigned in the build targets. In the previous version, installer names displayed as "InstallerVISE" instead of their correct names when running on Mac OS X versions prior to 10.3.
  • A problem with installer names longer than 17 characters displaying in the Mac OS X Finder as "InstallerVISE" instead of their correct names is fixed.


  • A bug fix allows Bring Up To Date to handle long filenames in double-byte character set languages without truncating the names or substituting incorrect characters.
  • Greek installers running on Mac OS X now correctly recognize when Greek is the preferred language.
  • The Japanese translation for the "Accept" button is now fixed.
  • In the Success dialog for Swedish and Norwegian installers, the translation text for the "Restart" button is no longer clipped.
  • The Italian translation of the text displayed when installers have uninstalled some but not all files is no longer clipped.
  • The SetLocalizationFile AppleScript command now successfully sets the localization file of the archive.


  • Application packages and bundles stored uncompressed as part of a CD installer build now launch properly.
  • A gestalt check failure that occurred when the installer user selected Uninstall and then one of the Custom Install packages is fixed.
  • For installers built as Mac OS X bundles, the CFBundleName string in the bundle's Info-macos.plist file now always matches the installer name assigned in the build target. The previous version would incorrectly assign the string "InstallerVise" to CFBundleName if the installer name was longer than 17 characters.
  • To enable multiple-CD installers to eject CDs throughout the installation process, the installer executable is copied to the ~/Temporary Items folder. The previous location was ~/Applications, which in some instances was unavailable for installing files because it was owned by root. On a related note, multiple-CD installers will display a message if they are unable to copy their required executable to the ~/Temporary Items folder because that folder is owned by root.
  • A problem with Installer VISE sometimes reporting a -48 error (duplicate file name) when saving archives or building installers on fast machines is fixed.
  • A problem with sub-launched installers sometimes failing on slow networks is fixed.
  • A problem with authenticated installers failing to relaunch themselves when the paths to the installers were greater than 255 characters is fixed.
  • Several changes were made to enhance Installer VISE's integration with Netopia NetOctopus.
  • On Mac OS X v10.3 Panther, installers do not search iDisk or WebDAV volumes. The change was made for stability reasons, because Panther mounts and unmounts these types of volumes in the background.
  • You can now set the "Set Owner to Root" option for multiple install items in your archive simultaneously. Just Shift+click to select the desired items, and then Option+double-click on the group to open a Selected Items Info window for editing.


Fully functional evaluation copies of Installer VISE 8.3 are available for downloading at

Customers with current annual licenses are eligible to receive this upgrade for free. Others can find licensing information through the MindVision web site at, or by contacting us at (402) 323-6600 or

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 recognized 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

MindVision, VISE X and Installer VISE are trademarks of MindVision, Inc. All other brand names mentioned are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and are hereby acknowledged.

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