Upgrading to InstallMate® 9
If you are a registered user of a Tarma Installer or InstallMate product (including Tarma QuickInstall 2, Tarma ExpertInstall 3, Tarma Installer 5, InstallMate 7) and want to upgrade to InstallMate 9, then please take a moment to read the information below.
You can install all our installer products side-by-side on the same computer, and use them independently for evaluation or production use. InstallMate 9 will automatically convert projects from previous versions.
InstallMate 9 is an extensively rewritten and updated successor to InstallMate 7, which in turn was a development of the earlier ExpertInstall 3 and Installer 5 products. Among many other things, InstallMate 9:
- Has a new, more professional color scheme
- Uses improved icon images throughout
- Presents cleaner, less cluttered panel layouts and visually cleaner tree views
- Is oriented towards wide screen (16:9) displays instead of the traditional (4:3) screen aspect ratio
- Introduces new-style components, which combine the functionality of the previous product options with components
There are many more changes; please read What's new in InstallMate 9 for details.
Your Tarma QuickInstall 2 registration code or Tarma ExpertInstall 3, Tarma Installer 5, and InstallMate 7 registration certificates do not work with InstallMate 9.
However, registered users of Tarma QuickInstall 2, Tarma ExpertInstall 3, Tarma Installer 5, and InstallMate 7 are eligible to buy an equivalent InstallMate 9 license at a substantial discount by using the appropriate Buy online links on the Buy InstallMate 9 page.
InstallMate 9 can open projects created with QuickInstall 2, ExpertInstall 3, Installer 5, and InstallMate 7.
When opening a project from a previous Tarma product, its contents are automatically converted to the InstallMate 9 structure and conventions. The original project is not modified; when you save a converted project, it is stored in a new InstallMate 9 project file.
The following table summarizes the most important differences between the various project formats.
|QuickInstall 2||ExpertInstall 3/Installer 5||InstallMate 7||InstallMate 9|
|Project file extension||.tin||.tip||.im7||.im9|
|Project file encoding||ANSI (using the default code page)||Unicode (UTF-8 or UTF-16)||same||Unicode UTF-8|
|Project file format||Derived from Windows .ini files||XML 1.0||XML 1.0; uses different tags||QML (C-like syntax)|
|Localization||Limited to the default code page||Full Unicode 4.0 support, except for surrogates||same||same|
|Editable?||Yes, with any plain text editor or tool||Only with Unicode-enabled text editors and tools||same||same|
|Structure||Mostly flat, with a few nesting levels||Fully nested, follows XML 1.0 syntax rules||same||Fully nested, follows C-like syntax rules|