PACE Suite is an all-in-one packaging solution that facilitates the fast deployment of projects of all sizes. Tailored for freelancers and large development companies alike, it provides the tools needed to create software packages and manage future updates with ease, with minimum intervention from the end client’s side.
The suite comprises distinct applications for building installers, editing packages, creating patches, and building tutorials and "how-to" documentation, each with a suggestive name: MSI Generator, MSI Editor and Docu Generator. Together they create a unique combination of features that aims to ease the (re)packaging and the deployment processes.
MSI Generator is a repackaging utility that can create Windows installers out of any existing installation. It is capable of capturing package contents out of existing system snapshots but one can also import the necessary files manually. Support for Microsoft App-V 5.x, MSI, MST or ThinApp packages is available.
Aiming to offer the package customization freedom many are looking for, it enables users to manage excluded and included resources, files and registry entries. The application name, publisher, version, product code can also be specified by the user, shortcuts can be created and installer properties can be changed.
The MSI Editor is another tool included in the suite and, as its name implies, it is designed to assist users in manipulating the contents of any Windows Installer package. From the application name, version, and publisher, to included files, affected registry entries, created shortcuts, included components or scripts, and installer properties, one can tamper with it all. Undo and redo actions are allowed, so no worries if you change your mind about something.
Managing software updates is far more easier with MSI Editor, since it enables you to create patches that can be embedded in the original MSI file or saved as separate packages.
Last but not least, Docu Generator can record desktop actions and take screenshots, providing valuable assistance in creating tutorials and ‘to-do’ clips, all part of the larger documentation and help system any important project deserves.
Docu Generator can save user actions, optionally displaying the position of the mouse cursor, showing information about the launched applications.
A feature-rich repackaging and installer authoring utility, a powerful MSI editor with package complexity estimation capabilities, and a screen recording and capturing application to help you create instructional clips, that is what this suite is, in a few words.
Each application has further features that users have to take the time to discover by themselves. Microsoft SCCM integration, package validation, package report creation, just to name some.