When it comes to Application Packaging features, one that everyone expects see in a professional MSI editor these days is a decent graphical user interface, commonly referred to as a GUI editor. Unless you are using Orca, you definitely don’t want to be forced to manipulating tables to create or modify Windows Installer setups. Not all are created equal, so this is definitely one area where you need to spend some time with your hands on it. Note that because an MST is virtually identical to an MSI file, you can expect the GUI editor to be the same for both MST and MSI. Normally when viewing an MST file, the difference it represents are highlighted in some manner.
I highly recommend having a real-world problem to solve before rolling up your sleeves. Just looking around, you’ll find may MSI GUI editors are very similar. The differences will be subtle and really won’t be appreciated if you are not doing “real work” with it.
This is one of many application packaging features covered here at AppDetails. When considering what features are important to you, we recommend you also contemplate the importance of a good GUI Editor, PowerShell Support, an MSI to App-V Converter, and other application packaging features.
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