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Upgrading from QuickInstall 2 or ExpertInstall 3

Tarma Installer 5

If you are a registered user of Tarma QuickInstall 2 or Tarma ExpertInstall 3 and want to upgrade to Tarma Installer 5, 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.

See Feature comparison for a side-by-side comparison of our installer products.

Note: Tarma Installer 5 was succeeded by InstallMate 7 in April 2010. Technical support ended on 31 December 2011; the online documentation is still available. Existing users can keep using the product; their licenses do not expire. The product will remain available for download for existing users.

Upgrading your license

Your Tarma QuickInstall 2 registration code or Tarma ExpertInstall 3 registration certificate does not work with Tarma Installer 5.

However, registered users of Tarma QuickInstall and Tarma ExpertInstall 3 are eligible to buy an equivalent Tarma Installer 5 license at 20% or 40% off the regular price, respectively, by quoting coupon code TIN2TIN5 or TIN3TIN5 at the bottom of the electronic order form that you reach from the Buy Tarma Installer page.

Entering your Installer 5 registration certificate

Once you have your new Tarma Installer 5 registration certificate, you can register your copy of Tarma Installer 5 as follows.

  1. If you haven't done so already, download and install Tarma Installer 5 on your system. You can install Tarma Installer 5 on the same computer as Tarma QuickInstall 2 and Tarma ExpertInstall 3; the programs are independent.
  2. Start Tarma Installer 5.
  3. On the main menu bar, choose Help > Register... This opens the License registration dialog box. You can also click the Register... link in the navigation panel on the left.
  4. Copy the registration certificate from the email message to the Windows clipboard. Be sure to copy all lines, starting with the ----BEGIN TARMA CERTIFICATE----- line and ending with ----END TARMA CERTIFICATE----- (inclusive).
  5. Paste the certificate in the Registration certificate field in the License registration dialog box that you opened in step 3.
  6. Click Register.
  7. If all went well, you will see a confirmation dialog box. If there is a problem, an error message will appear instead; retry the procedure and be careful to include the entire certificate.

Tip: In step 4 above, copy the registration certificate from a plain text email window. Do NOT copy from an HTML, Rich Text, or similar formatted email window; this introduces formatting codes that confuse the registration process. All our registration email messages are in plain text format, so normally this shouldn't be a problem.

Differences between QuickInstall 2, ExpertInstall 3, and Installer 5

See Feature comparison for a feature-based comparison between our installer products. The following table summarizes the major differences if you are upgrading.

  QuickInstall 2 ExpertInstall 3 Installer 5
Basic functionality Installation and removal of folders, files, shortcuts Same, but with many new options Same, but with many new options
System editing Installation and removal of registry values, INI file values, and environment variables Same, but with many new options. In addition, service installation and removal is now directly supported. Further enhancements over ExpertInstall 3
Selective installation Limited to simple conditions Fully feature- and component-based; can be selected at installation time. A full complement of conditions is also supported. Further enhancements over ExpertInstall 3
Installer actions Limited custom actions All action sequences can be fully edited; many new custom action types. Further enhancements over ExpertInstall 3
Installer UI Limited to predefined Setup.exe stubs All user interface elements and dialogs can be fully edited without special tools. The entire user interface sequence can be redesigned (or removed) if desired. Same as ExpertInstall 3
Installer types Self-extracting or plain file Self-extracting Tarma Installer or Windows Installer (MSI). Multiple parallel build configurations allow you to create both Tarma and MSI installers from the same project. Self-extracting Tarma Installer with multiple parallel build configurations.
MSI support None Most MSI 2.0 features are supported, including user interface authoring, merge modules, and transforms. Only merge module import
Multilingual installers US English only, per-language, or multilingual Default language only, per-language, or multilingual Same as ExpertInstall 3
Localization Readme and License texts can be localized; file installation can be made language-specific. The user interface localization is limited to the predefined language DLLs. Virtually any aspect of the installation package can be localized. Localization can be done piecemeal on an item-by-item and language-by-language basis. All user interface elements can be localized. Same as ExpertInstall 3

Project file format

Tarma Installer 5 can open projects created with Tarma QuickInstall, version 2.21 and later, and those created with Tarma ExpertInstall 3.x.

  • When opening a QuickInstall 2 project, its contents are automatically converted to the Tarma Installer 5 structure and conventions. The original project is not modified; when you save a converted project, it is stored in a new Installer 5 project file.
  • When opening an ExpertInstall 3 project, its contents are also converted to Installer 5 conventions. In this case, a backup copy of the ExpertInstall 3 project is saved, while the project file itself is converted to Installer 5 conventions.

The following table summarizes the most important differences between the various project formats.

QuickInstall 2 ExpertInstall 3 Installer 5
Project file extension .tin .tip .tip
Project file encoding ANSI (using the default code page) Unicode (UTF-8 or UTF-16) Unicode (UTF-8 or UTF-16)
Project file format Derived from Windows .ini files XML 1.0 XML 1.0; introduces new tags and omits older ones compared to ExpertInstall 3.
Localization Limited to the default code page Full Unicode 4.0 support, except for surrogates Full Unicode 5.0 support, except for surrogates
Editable? Yes, with any plain text editor or tool Only with Unicode-enabled text editors and tools Only with Unicode-enabled text editors and tools
Structure Mostly flat, with a few nesting levels Fully nested, follows XML 1.0 syntax rules Fully nested, follows XML 1.0 syntax rules
Robustness Forgiving of minor errors Unforgiving; requires precise adherence to Unicode encoding and XML syntax rules Unforgiving; requires precise adherence to Unicode encoding and XML syntax rules

Extension DLLs

If you use an extension DLL in your Tarma QuickInstall 2 or Tarma ExpertInstall 3 project, you will have to rebuild the DLL for Tarma Installer 5. You also may have to modify it for use with both ANSI and Unicode text strings, and for the x64 Windows versions. However, many tasks that required an extension DLL in QuickInstall can be accomplished with the new built-in functionality of Installer 5, so you may be able to simplify or dispense with the extension DLL altogether.