Designer for WiX Setup Projects

Create any WiX setup project in the familiar Visual Studio way

The Designer for WiX Toolset (aka Designer for Visual Studio WiX Setup Projects or simply WiX Designer) provides developers with a set of designers to quickly configure any WiX setup projects in a familiar Visual Studio way.

With the Designer for WiX Toolset, you can forget the plain WiX XML and focus solely on your deployment logic. This tool integrates its own editors with the Visual Studio IDE and offers an array of visual designers to configure the file system, registry, user interface, custom actions and launch conditions for your WiX setup projects.

Using WiX Designer you can make all setup project types supported by the WiX Toolset including standard msi installation packages, web-deployment setup projects, merge modules, etc.

Create any WiX setup project in the familiar Visual Studio way

The quickest way to build a WiX setup project

Why is the Designer for WiX Toolset the fastest way to create a WiX-based setup package? Because its editors and designers will be familiar to any developer who has any deployment experience with Visual Studio. These designers do exactly what you expect - configure file system, add registry keys, edit file types, configure custom actions, and more.

You use visual editors instead of XML

Developers use visual editors instead of XML

The WiX Designer adds several editors to Visual Studio IDE that closely mimic the editor functions of native Visual Studio setup projects and enable developers to "visually design" the following WiX-specific features:

  • File system
  • Registry
  • File types
  • Custom actions
  • Launch conditions
  • User interface

Please keep in mind that the WiX Designer is not a simple WiX editor. It is a Visual Studio extension that unites your projects and deployment scenarios into a complete ready-to-use installation package without a need to run any standalone tool.

User Interface editor

User Interface editor

In addition to the WiX UI Dialog Library, the WiX Designer implements vdproj's built-in dialogs to support the consistent installation user experience for each step of your deployment scenarios.

As well as all other editors, the User Interface editor closely resembles the old good editor functions of Visual Studio setup projects. So, for any developer familiar with the Visual Studio approaches to customizing the screen flow in the setup project, the UI editor requires no learning curve at all.

Using the User Interface editor, you can add any vdproj dialogs to your WiX setup project, such as Welcome screen, License Agreement, Installation Folder, various text boxes, check boxes, etc.

Main features and benefits of Designer for WiX Toolset

With the following features provided by the Designer for WiX Toolset, you have the base for a solid WiX setup project:

  • Creating WiX setup projects using familiar Visual Studio designers
  • Using visual editors instead of coding in plain XML
  • Support for all installation package types including MSI installers, web setup projects, merge modules, etc.
  • Support for all WiX-specific features including file system, registry, user interface, custom actions, launch conditions and more.

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    Supported versions of Visual Studio

  • Visual Studio 2017
  • Visual Studio 2015
  • Visual Studio 2013
  • Visual Studio 2012
  • Visual Studio 2010
  • Visual Studio Express Edition is not supported

Supported versions of WiX

  • WiX 3.6 and higher

This product as well as all other development components available on AbleBits.com are products of Add-in Express Ltd.

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Add-in Express Ltd. is a privately held software development company located in Homel, Belarus. Established in 1998, Add-in Express Ltd. focuses on tools and solutions purposed for Microsoft Office integration. It has been a Microsoft Visual Studio Industry Partner for the last few years.

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