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InstallAnywhere

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Categories: Deployment - Installation

Author: Zero G Software

Latest version: 7
Added 2005-06-29

Creates Java and multi-platform software installers.

Features include:
- Support for multiple platforms
- Designer that allows you to build installers for every platform you support in one project
- Localized designer; Localized installers
- MSI build option
- Handles platform specific details
- Component-based installations
- Team development
- JavaBeans-based API
- Integrates with Ant to perform tasks such as EJB deployment, J2EE application server management, and access to FTP and Telnet servers
- Installers run in silent, console, or GUI modes
- Automatic Java VM installation

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Advanced Installer For Java

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Categories: Deployment - Installation

Author: Caphyon

Latest version: 5.2.2
Added 2005-05-18Updated 2007-09-17

Windows Installer authoring tool with built-in support for Java applications, integrating them into the Windows OS and making them look and feel just like a native application.

Advanced Installer for Java runs on Windows 2000/XP, and the install packages it creates run on all Windows 9x/ME/NT/2k/XP operating systems. Building native Mac OS X packages is also supported.
Using the standard Windows Installer technology, Advanced Installer For Java is able to provide Windows integration for your Java applications. It ensures a small footprint by producing zero-overhead install packages, which contain only native Windows Installer data with no additional runtime requirements.

Features include:
- Provides a native launcher for your Java applications. Through this launcher your users will see and use your Java programs just like regular Windows native executables.
- Install/uninstall files, registry keys, environment variables.
- Create shortcuts in the Start menu or on the desktop.
- File associations.
- Bundle, or download and install a JRE.
- Unattended installs.
- Operating system version check.
- Digitally signing your install packages.
- Project files saved as XML files.

Advanced Installer is free for the simplest, most common usages. Additional capabilities are provided in commercial versions.

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Launch4j

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Categories: Deployment - Installation

Latest version: 2.1.4
Added 2006-06-26

Cross-platform tool for wrapping Java applications distributed as jars in lightweight Windows native executables.
The executable can be configured to search for a certain JRE version or use a bundled one, and it's possible to set runtime options, like the initial/max heap size. The wrapper also provides better user experience through an application icon, a native pre-JRE splash screen, a custom process name, and a Java download page in case the appropriate JRE cannot be found.

Features include:
- Supports Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and Solaris
- Also creates launchers without wrapping jars
- Doesn't extract the jar from the executable
- Custom application icon with multiple resolutions and color depths
- Native pre-JRE splash screen in BMP format shown until the Java application starts
- Process name as the executable filename to easily identify your application
- Works with a bundled JRE or searches for newest JRE / SDK in given range
- Opens Java download page if an appropriate Java version cannot be found
- Supports GUI and console apps
- GUI and command line interface.
- Build integration through an Ant task

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Virtual Application Studio

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Categories: Deployment - Installation

Author: Xenocode

Latest version: 2008
Added 2008-05-20

Application virtualization technology that allows your Windows, .NET, and Java-based applications to be deployed in compact, pre-configured virtual executables that run instantly, anywhere via the web, USB keys, or existing desktop management infrastructure.

Features include:
- Deploy apps in a single executable
- Stream with no infrastructure changes
- Execute .NET and Java with no runtime
- Run legacy applications on Vista
- Execute on locked-down desktops: allows applications to avoid accessing privileged filesystem and registry resources, allowing execution on locked-down desktops and eliminating UAC prompts and application failures on Windows Vista
- Completely user mode implementation: does not depend on any agent or device driver support, eliminating requirements for client installation or administrative privileges

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JRebel

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Categories: Deployment - Installation

Author: ZeroTurnaround

Latest version: 3.0
Added 2008-07-07Updated 2010-05-06

JVM plugin (-javaagent) that enables to reload changes made to Java class files on-the-fly.
JRebel saves developers the time that it takes to redeploy an application or perform a container restart. It is a generic solution that works for Java EE and Java standalone applications.

Features include:
- Changing method bodies
- Adding/removing methods, constructors, fields, classes, annotations
- Changing interfaces
- Supported JVMs: Sun Java, JRockit JVM, Apple MRJ
- Supported Containers: BEA Weblogic, GlassFish, Oracle OC4J, Tomcat, JBoss, Jetty, Equinox OSGi (including Eclipse plugins), IntelliJ IDEA plugins

Previous name: JavaRebel

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xmltask

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Categories: Builds, Deployment - Installation

Author: OOPS Consultancy

Latest version: 1.15
Added 2005-03-09Updated 2007-05-12

Provides the facility for automatically editing XML files as part of an Ant build. Unlike the standard filter task provided with Ant, it is XML-sensitive, but doesn't require you to define XSLTs.

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JNetStart

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Categories: Deployment - Installation, Rich client UI - Swing

Author: Accendia

Latest version: 2.2
Added 2006-04-11

Facilitates launching Java Swing applications deployed on a remote server without installing or downloading the application component files.
The technology narrows the gap between the web browser and Swing by making large client applications instantly available to the user and providing a web style experience in the startup process.

Features include:
- comprised of a server where Swing applications are deployed and a client stub that loads the application classes and resources on demand;
- the application code is downloaded from the server and runs on the client computer;
- the client never caches anything on the local drive. The application jars are not downloaded from the server;
- the application runs in a secure environment similar to Java Applets and unsigned applications in WebStart. A secure API is provided for developing applications that read and write local files and print documents under strict user control.

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AntInstaller

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Categories: Builds, Deployment - Installation

Author: Paul Hinds

Latest version: 0.8 Beta
Added 2005-03-25Updated 2007-01-30

Allows the creation of installers for applications with an install process based on Ant.
AntInstaller allows developers to create Ant scripts for deployment on any system that supports Java, and provides a user interface for editing the properties of the installation.

Features include:
- Ant integration at run-time
- Swing-based GUI
- The user interface is defined in an XML configuration file and the install process is defined in a standard Ant build.xml file
- The installer can be packed as a single self extracting Jar file, or delivered as a set of files
- By using a custom Ant task the creation of the installer can be integrated into existing Ant based builds, includin Maven
- Command line UI
- Internationalization of installers, and application messages
- Pluggable look & feel
- Silent, and/or repeatable installs
- Validation tools for configuration files
- Pluggable validation routines for user entry
- Multi-platform support

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JExpress

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Categories: Deployment - Installation

Author: Denova

Latest version: Professional
Added 2005-02-21

Creates Java installations. Install from the web. Customize with Java. Ship the exact classes need and check updates.

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install4j

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Categories: Deployment - Installation

Author: ej-technologies

Latest version: 4.2
Added 2006-06-08Updated 2008-06-03

Multi-platform Java installer builder that generates native installers and application launchers for Java applications.

Features include:
- Construction of a distribution tree
- Compilation of native launchers
- Creation of installers: GUI installers on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and Unix; Multiple languages
- Configure the sequence of installer and uninstaller screens
- Custom screens and custom actions
- JRE bundling and on-demand download of JREs
- Handling of updates
- User variables
- Console installers

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