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Ontrex takes up the challenge and launches Software Packaging Challenge

Ontrex has more than 14 years of experience in software packaging and thousands and thousands of delivered software packages from its own software packaging atelier. Now the Swiss IT and service provider is proving itself to national and international companies and is launching the Software Packaging Challenge. The challenge is to find the application that cannot be packaged or is the most difficult to package that the Ontrex software packagers can tackle and successfully solve.

If you are not confronted with software packaging, you don’t have to worry about how complex this task is. IT departments see it differently. For them, fully automated software distribution is a central task, which they have to perform with the highest possible success rate and minimal intervention in user workflows. But not every application can be packaged so easily. The consequences are headaches and time-consuming, manual interventions with a potentially high probability of errors and poor quality. The software packaging experts at Ontrex can change this and launch the Packaging Challenge software.

Looking for unpackable software

All companies that have software products that in their eyes cannot be packaged or cannot be implemented in all requirements are given the chance to solve this problem. You can submit your software product to Ontrex and participate in the Software Packaging Challenge. The Ontrex software packaging team selects the software that poses the greatest challenge to them from the submissions and packages it free of charge. The Packaging Challenge runs from 1 July to 31 October 2019.

Well-known companies

The Ontrex software packaging experts love tricky tasks and work with high quality, which is reflected in the extremely low rework rate of less than 1 percent. Large national and international companies in publishing, healthcare, industry, retail, finance and insurance rely on Ontrex software packaging services. There is an increasing tendency to use the services as managed services.



All new in Software Packaging products

Windows 10 is out and all major Software Packaging applications and products have now been updated.

APP-V 5.1 has been released with some nice new features

AdminStudio 2015 has been released

RayPack Version 2.0 has been released

VMware Workstation Pro 12.0 has been released

Hotfix Package 1 for Microsoft Application Virtualization 5.0 Service Pack 3 is now available

As announced by Microsoft on the 18th March the hotfix Package 1 for App-V 5.0 Sp3 is now available

The following issues were addressed:

Issue 1: Virtualized Adobe Acrobat running through an App-V Client on Windows 7 crashes or stops responding because of DLL issues

Virtualized Adobe Acrobat running on Windows 7 may crash or stop responding because of an interoperability issue between App-V and Adobe. This issue causes App-V to sometimes load multiple copies of the same DLL from different locations. This, in turn, causes the virtual Adobe Acrobat application to crash or stop responding when certain operations are performed. This issue is fixed in this hotfix package.

Issue 2: Stop error is triggered by DLL issues when an App-V Client tries to load Adobe Acrobat packages

Some products, such as Adobe Acrobat, use DLLs that have file name extensions other than .dll. When an App-V Client loads virtualized packages of these applications, it does not recognize these files as DLLs and does not exclude them from the copy-on-write subsystem. A Stop error may occur when a package is run that uses these DLLs.

The hotfix package is available as download here:

Source: The Official Microsoft App-V Team Blog

InstallShield 2014 SP1 for AdminStudio

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As some customers already have noted Flexera has released Service Pack 1 for InstallShield 2014 back in December 2014.

In contrast to previous updates Flexera did not release a separate update for the AdminStudio 2014 Suite.

Therefore you need to run the InstallShield 2014 Sp1 setup to update your current AdminStudio Installation.

The software (update) can be obtained at the “Flexera Product and License Center”.

The release notes are available here.



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Upgrade to Java Runtime 8 now



Finally after a long developer preview phase Oracle did made it’s Runtime Version 8 to the default download on

This version is also available as Direct Package Download from Ontrex Software Package Atelier – more informations about our DPD service

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Microsoft’s Security Update – Impact on InstallShield and InstallShield for AdminStudio (KB2962872)

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Flexera has released an advisory which informs that InstallShield 2011-2014 may crash after the installation of KB2962872 (MS14-037) which was released last tuesday.

Currently the only way to restore functionality is to uninstall the microsoft patch or implementing the workaround in the following article:

Flexera is working with Microsoft to resolve the issue.

Feel free to contact Ontrex SPA if you need any further assistance in this matter.

Adobe Reader X and Adobe Reader XI can be virtualized and deployed by using App-V 5.0


Microsoft has just published a new knowledge basic article regarding virtualization of Adobe Reader X/XI with App-V 5.0.

More Information:


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AdminStudio 2013 R2 SP1

Flexera has released the first service pack for AdminStudio 2013 R2.

The updated SP1 installer (full version) can now be downloaded from the “Product and License Center”.



This is a bugfix release only. the full list of changes/fixes is available in the release notes.





Nullsoft Winamp shutdown

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Nullsoft known as vendor in software packaging for its NSIS, a leading open source installation system, did announce to set the product Winamp end of life.

Winamp has been sold to AOL in 1999 and Nullsoft became a division in AOL.

The Winamp shutdown does not affect the NSIS software but it’s support forum.



Gridmetric’s Application Virtualization Explorer 3.0 is out now! (with App-V 5.0 support)

We are very pleasured to notice the announcement of Gridmetric’s Application Virtualization Explorer 3.0 with App-V 5.0 Support.

As one of our favourite tool of choice for app-v editing and customization we were really looking forward to this release.

We will include this tool into our existing App-V 5.0 Workshop documents and hope to rocket speed also your App-v 5.0 package production!


You can find more information about the new release on gridmetrics blog!


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