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VISE X is quite simply the best software installer for the Mac OS X, period! With VISE X you can easily build a Universal (universal binary) installer that will reliably deliver your product to your customers. You can focus your energy on developing your software without worrying about the complicated details of writing an installer script.

VISE X builds upon the strengths of Installer VISE, but is a separate code base. The two products will be maintained and advanced separately. Separating the code base allowed us to focus VISE X functionality on Mac OS X.

Download VISE X for Mac OS X What's new in version 5.0?

How does VISE X compare to Installer VISE and FileStorm?
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 How to License VISE X

The following forms are in Adobe Acrobat format (pdf). If you do not already have it installed, please click the button to the right to get Adobe Acrobat Reader directly from Adobe. (Acrobat and the Acrobat logo are trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated.)

To license VISE X, download the VISE X License Agreement . This file contains instructions on licensing, as well as pricing information.

You can download the Order Form and fax it to us along with your completed license agreement.

As soon as we receive your completed license agreement we will contact you with your serial number so you can begin shipping your installers right away.

You can also download the Renewal/Cancellation Form

 VISE X Feature List:
  Builds Universal (universal binary) installers for use on both Intel- and PowerPC-based Macs
  VISE X installers display a standard Mac OS X user interface, including Aqua fonts and controls, Mac OS X property sheets and Installer background images with transparency
  Support for custom external code (as CFPlugins)   Work with installer projects as XML
  Installer builds as an application bundle   Automatically create updaters for application bundles
  Support for Mac OS X v10.7 Lion   Support for Mac OS X text and graphic file formats
  Custom form editor optimized for Mac OS X   Destination and install locations optimized for Mac OS X
  Zip post processing   Mac OS X disk image build target
  Improved support for long filenames   Improved support for Mac OS X localization
  Increased length of variables values to 255   Increased filename limit from 63 to 255 characters
  Search filters in the Bring Up To Date window   Ability to set a background graphic for the installer
  Display QuickTime movies in splash screens and billboards   XML translator option for localization

 What's New in version 5.0

This update is free to users with current VISE X licenses. Your existing serial number will register the new version.


With VISE X 5.0, the main updates were for Lion compatibility, and to make the builder a Universal application. (The installers were already Universal applications.)

Lion Compatibility

We have tested this version of VISE X and verified its compatibility with Apple's Mac OS X v10.7 Lion.

Along with the compatibility testing, Gestalts in VISE X have been updated for Lion. You can use the new "MacOS X 10.7 or Greater" Gestalt to ensure that install actions take place only on the proper Mac OS versions.

There was no need to create additional search/install locations for Lion.

Intel-Native Builder Application

The VISE X builder is now a Universal application, so it runs natively on either PowerPC- or Intel-based Mac computers. As a result of this change, Rosetta is no longer needed for running the builder on Intel machines.

Use Yes/No for Action Item Confirmations

Previously, the confirmation for action items would give the user two choices: OK or Cancel. You now have the option to change those choices to Yes or No. The new option is a project-level setting that is available on the Behavior tab of Installer Settings. Leaving "Use Yes/No for Action Item Confirmations" turned off (as it is by default) will cause action item confirmations to use OK or Cancel.

Ignore Hidden Files Added to Archives

A new option for the builder instructs VISE X to ignore all hidden files. When this option is checked and you add a folder to an archive, hidden files will not be imported. Also, when you update the archive, hidden files will never be marked to be added to the VCT as new files.

The "Ignore Hidden Files" option is available on the Advanced tab of Installer Settings.

Quit Installers after Stopping the Install

Stop Installation actions have a new option called "Also Quit Installer". This option instructs the installer to quit after the Stop Installation action executes, so the user doesn't have to manually quit the installer.

Dramatic Speed Improvements for Building Installers

Build times with VISE X 5.0 are significantly faster than the previous version.

Other Updates and Enhancements

This release also includes the following updates and enhancements:

  • System requirements are unchanged. The builder application requires Mac OS X v10.4 or greater, and installers built with VISE X are compatible with Mac OS X v10.2 and greater.
  • There were no file revisions for this release. Therefore, you should be able to switch your VCTs between VISE X versions 4.0 and 5.0 (or even 3.3 and 5.0) without difficulty. There also is no need to recompile external code that you used with the previous version.

Bug Fixes

  • To avoid disrupting automated installer builds, VISE X no longer shows renewal reminders if the build was initiated by AppleScript. Also, renewal reminders no longer appear when starting up VISE X.
  • The VISE X builder now correctly retains the last window layout used in the previous session.
  • The Spanish, Portuguese and German language files have been updated to provide more room for the "Downloading file <x> of <y>" string, which previously was being cut off for those languages.
  • Attempting to e-mail a form when using the test feature of the Form Layout Editor would cause VISE X to crash.

Known Issues

  • When authenticated installers are running on Mac OS X v10.6, the OS requires users to authenticate a second time under certain scenarios. The second authentication is required when an item is set to "Ask User" for the install location, and when the user saves or prints license agreements or Read Me files.
  • Standalone uninstallers are placed on the root of the install destination. To allow that installation to work on Mac OS X v10.7, the installers must be set up to require OS X authentication. For information on a workaround that does not require authentication, please contact MindVision support.

    In a future release, we plan to add the ability to choose the install location for standalone uninstallers.
  • If you use the Post Processing section of build targets to create a Tarball (.tar.gz) version of your installer, you should restrict the Tarball file name to 29 characters or less for compatibility with Mac OS X versions prior to 10.4. Otherwise, if you make the Tarball name longer than 29 characters, the uncompressed installer will not launch on the earlier OS versions. (If you are confident that the installer will be used on Mac OS X versions 10.4 or greater, you can use up to 31 characters for the Tarball file name.)
  • VISE X supports installing to iDisk volumes on Mac OS X versions 10.4 or greater only. On earlier OS versions, the installers' Select Destinations dialog will not show iDisk volumes (in most instances).
  • When creating Read Me and License Agreement files with embedded graphics, you should not use Microsoft Word RTF format. The reason is that there are compatibility issues with displaying these files from VISE X installers.
  • VISE X uses UTF-8 encoding to allow installers to display text in double-byte character set languages. You must use the translator XML file to enter the UTF-8 characters.

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