VISE X
VISE X
5.1

4.5

VISE X free download for Mac

VISE X5.1

03 July 2014

Create your own installation programs.

Overview

VISE X helps users create installation programs for the distribution of software. You can package many files together into one installer, and easily distrubute your software package to others. You can customize the installer to place files in specified areas of their computer, run AppleScripts during installation, allow multiple language installs, and build CD-ROM installers quickly.

What's new in VISE X

Version 5.1:

New

  • Mountain Lion Compatibility - We have tested this version of VISE X and verified its compatibility with Apple's Mac OS X v10.8 Mountain Lion. Along with the compatibility testing, Gestalts in VISE X have been updated for Mountain Lion. You can use the new "MacOS X 10.8 or Greater" Gestalt to ensure that install actions take place only on the proper Mac OS versions.
  • Code Signing and Code Verification - To be able to run on Mountain Lion under Gatekeeper's default security option, apps must be code signed. Developers can get a unique Developer ID from Apple, and use that ID to code sign their apps. VISE X 5.1 provides the following new features to make code signing convenient for developers:
    • A "CodeSign Bundle" option in the Extras menu uses the developer's unique Developer ID to code sign the specified app.
    • A "Check CodeSign Status" option in the Extras menu verifies code signing for the specified app.
    • A "Code Sign Bundle" Post Processing option for build targets automatically signs installers once they are built.
Bug Fixes:
  • On OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, authenticated installers using localization were unable to detect the machine's default language when they were relaunched. In these instances, the installers were incorrectly defaulting to English.
  • When setting options in a single Get Info window for multiple items that have been selected in the VCT, the "Set Owner To Root" option could be toggled inadvertently.
  • VISE X would sometimes crash when building installers. This issue was present on both Intel and PPC processors, and could be triggered by using a billboard, or having certain Gestalt flags or Package flags set.
  • On OS X v10.7 Lion, installers were able to add items to the Dock, but they were not able to remove the items on an uninstall.
  • On OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, installers were unable to correctly add items to the Dock (there were unneeded second entries). Also, installers could not remove items from the Dock on an uninstall.
  • VISE X now requires a save when closing a VCT after "crunching" it. This change ensures that renumbering is saved, so the prompt to crunch the VCT doesn't reappear the next time the VCT is opened.
  • Web installers built on Intel processers would sometimes report errors.
  • On OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion when using authentication, sub-launching installers
  • did not always work correctly.
  • Authenticated installers would fail to display double-byte languages correctly under OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.
  • When importing XML to create a new VCT, the settings controlling when to call external code (such as before the install) were lost.
  • The restart warning message for installers was too small to accommodate Dutch and Portuguese translations.
  • Bundle updaters would remove folders that appeared to be empty, but in actuality contained zero K delete actions.
Other Changes:
  • We removed "Undo Mach-O Prebindings" and "Redo Mach-O Prebindings" from the Extras menu. Prebinding is unnecessary in OS X 10.3.4 and later versions.
Known Issues:
  • When authenticated installers are running on OS X v0.6, 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 OS X 10.7 or later, 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.
  • 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 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 OS X versions 10.4 or later 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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How would you rate VISE X app?

14 Reviews of VISE X

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Macupdate109
16 February 2007
Version: 3.2

Most helpful

A VISE installer is a bit like the glue of a label that does not easily come off something you've just bought: annoying, and a certain way of finding out a company does not care about its customers. VISE installers are vile pieces of crap that provide no easy way of seeing exactly what files are going to be installed. The interface is clumsy and has not significantly evolved since 1997. Some installers quit every other application before running - what is that about? Others crap files with bad permissions all over my disk, with no easy way of fixing those permissions. Please. VISE is a practical joke Mindvision has been playing on the Mac community for too long. If you want me to take your product seriously and really, really require an installer, use Apple's.
(4)
Bdkennedy1
18 November 2011
Version: 5.0
Good Lord! I used this back in the Mac OS 8 days in 1997 and it still looks the same.
(0)
5
Pukky
07 February 2010
Version: 4.0
The best installer for mac! A must-have tool for developers! Very costumizable and fast, ideal for all software companies. Only the price is a is a bit too high, but the product was great!
(1)
Helmo-Hass
05 February 2010
Version: 4.0
well i dont mind really the way it installs... The only thing i find really inappropriate IS this STILL runs under ROSETTA aren't you guys able to make an universal binary or what??? Lame! really disappointed by that
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Borlox
05 February 2010
Version: 4.0
As an end user, if I download an application that has a VISE installer, it goes straight into the trash. VISE is a black box that demands root privileges to do... what? There's no way of finding out in advance what it's going to install or what else it's going to do besides installing, and no way to control it. An utterly hostile, Windows-like experience.
(3)
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Macupdate109
16 February 2007
Version: 3.2
A VISE installer is a bit like the glue of a label that does not easily come off something you've just bought: annoying, and a certain way of finding out a company does not care about its customers. VISE installers are vile pieces of crap that provide no easy way of seeing exactly what files are going to be installed. The interface is clumsy and has not significantly evolved since 1997. Some installers quit every other application before running - what is that about? Others crap files with bad permissions all over my disk, with no easy way of fixing those permissions. Please. VISE is a practical joke Mindvision has been playing on the Mac community for too long. If you want me to take your product seriously and really, really require an installer, use Apple's.
(4)
1
Mike-Ratt
04 August 2006
Version: 3.1
To prevent users from hiding the installer interface, VISE X installers now disable the "Hide" menu item, and do not support use of Command+H. Bad idea, MindVision.
(2)
Lumpy
03 August 2006
Version: 3.1
Why on earth would you disable hiding the installer (command-h) on OS X? Apple's installer (and software update utility) support hiding which allows you to continue work in another program without having the installer potentially in the way - courtesy of OS X's famously protected memory architecture. "VISE X installers now disable the "Hide" menu item, and do not support use of Command+H."
(1)
1
Sandbagger77
02 December 2005
Version: 2.0
My Mom alwaays said if you can't say something good about someone, dont say anything at all. Thank goodness it does not apply to inanimate objects, especially one that is TERRIBLE....!! Why anyone would throw away $275.00 for this lousy program is beyond me. I am forever having problems with programs loaded with VISE. Give me your money, at least I will smile at you and put one on your face.........lol Well to put it in today's terms, the program SUCKS....!! and is over rated if rated at all....? SUCKS BIG TIME, dont buy it.......!! Sorry VISE, but if it were a good product I would I would never have to write this commment to save others their hard earned money.
(2)
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Anonymous
14 January 2005
Version: 1.5
bombs out time and time again. I would not suggest it to anyone installing anything. Piece of $%*&
(2)
1.5
Anonymous
10 January 2005
Version: 1.5
This software is horrible. Tried it numerous times, never works correctly. Stick with Apple's free Developer Tools. Also, what kind of developer has an OS 9 screenshot for a current version of their software? Yikes.
(1)
Anonymous
07 January 2005
Version: 1.5
I agree with the previous review. Apple provides a great and totally FREE native installer with a ton of free support and advice for all developers. It may be a hassle to some people, but I like it when the Apple installer optimizes my hard drive. It keeps my Mac lean and fast. As a developer, by using Apple's installer, you are also insured that your application can be installed regardless what version of Mac OS the user has. It totally boggles my mind why anyone would use a third-party installer. And, yes, it does make me nervous to see someone using Vise as their installer. I'll stick with Apple's own installer. It just makes sense.
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Anonymous
07 January 2005
Version: 1.5
No, thanks. Besides the exhorbitant price, I've never had a package put together with Install Vise install correctly -- every time these Install Vice packages fail out with some dumb-a$$ed error such as: "Error [negative number]: file not found." Real helpful. In the meantime, I can't upgrade mickeysloth office or Virtual PC. Thanks, Mindvision. I'd rather not spend $250 for this crud, I'll continue to use the native OS X tools provided by Apple, which actually work BTW.
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Anonymous
06 January 2005
Version: 1.5
Great product back in the days of MacOS 9. These days, just make an installer package using Apple's developer tools. It's easy, and it's free.
(0)
4.5
Shastri1
25 April 2004
Version: 8.3
This is a good program to use when backing up or customizing applications to install.
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