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eallwood
Flexera beginner

Moving data from .ism to .ise

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We have been using an old version of InstallShield for a while and have everything in .ism files right now. We'd like to upgrade to a newer version but do not have many requirements (just basic file connections and command line builds through IsCmdBld.exe) so the Express version is enough for us, however, it uses a different file extension so the old files can not be used. Is there any simple way to transfer all the file connections and such over? If not, manually copying everything individually seems like the only way I can think of. This is doable, just a lot of work with about 10-15 different .ism files to update so another method would be a huge time saver.

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GeorgeK
Flexera Alumni

Re: Moving data from .ism to .ise

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The first expectation when using the Express project is binary project format. Binary is the default for Express and therefore does not promote copying like you can do with the project format XML. The next hurdle is inability to see table data in Express. The concept of exporting and importing table data does not exist. The ability to import a dialog also does not exist in Express. These are only some aspects of copying info over not available using Express. Generally speaking - no, there is no reliable way to move data into the Express project.

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GeorgeK
Flexera Alumni

Re: Moving data from .ism to .ise

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There is no native support to open a project built with the Premier or Professional version in the Express version of InstallShield.
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eallwood
Flexera beginner

Re: Moving data from .ism to .ise

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is there any way to copy some of the info over? or is the only way manually copying everything individually?
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GeorgeK
Flexera Alumni

Re: Moving data from .ism to .ise

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The first expectation when using the Express project is binary project format. Binary is the default for Express and therefore does not promote copying like you can do with the project format XML. The next hurdle is inability to see table data in Express. The concept of exporting and importing table data does not exist. The ability to import a dialog also does not exist in Express. These are only some aspects of copying info over not available using Express. Generally speaking - no, there is no reliable way to move data into the Express project.

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eallwood
Flexera beginner

Re: Moving data from .ism to .ise

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Ok thanks, I will just manually recreate it in Express then

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