One of the tables in the Direct Editor view of the InstallShield IDE is the Summary Information table. The information stored in this table can be useful to you at different times. I’ll give you an example of one such use.
First off, here is a screenshot of the Summary Information table for an installation that is being built by InstallShield:
Notice that the Creating Application field shows InstallShield 2012 – Premier Edition 18.
Now, let’s take a look at the Summary Information table for an installation that was built with another tool:
Notice that the Creating Application for this installation was the Windows Installer. This information was built by a Microsoft tool. Perhaps Orca. Perhaps the Setup Toolkit that used to be included with Visual Studio.
Here’s one of my own uses of this information.
I had a recent client who had purchased the rights to an application and associated installation. He was given several hard drives worth of information. I was hired to work on the installation and re-brand it for his company.
The installation was an InstallScript MSI project that at the end of the installation was running two separate .msi files. I needed to find the installation projects that created these .msi files so I could incorporate everything into one installation project, instead of three.
I opened each .msi file in InstallShield and went to the Summary Information table in the Direct Editor. There I learned that InstallShield hadn’t built the .msi files. Something else had. That was useful information to know. It told me there weren’t going to be any InstallShield projects that I could look at. We had to look elsewhere.
Just remember the Summary Information table is there. You may need to look at it sometime.