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VMware Releases ThinApp 4.6.1

VMware has released an update to its application virtualization solution, ThinApp.  This new maintenance release, version 4.6.1, is installed on top of ThinApp version 4.6, released last September.

The ThinApp 4.6.1 release adds the following features to improve usability, performance, and updates:

  • Improved support for Microsoft Office 2010 applications.
  • Known issues related to Internet Explorer 7 and Internet Explorer 8 have been addressed.
  • New options have been added to the package.ini file.
  • S x S COM is now supported.
  • More than 160 known issues have been resolved, resulting in improved application support.

The VMware ThinApp blog also address the question of whether or not you need to recapture your packages.  It states:

If you have working packages created with older versions of ThinApp, you do not need to recapture or rebuild,  just keep using them – ThinApp was designed to allow you to run applications created with multiple versions of ThinApp side-by-side on the same machine without issues.

If you captured a package with an older version of ThinApp and it didn’t work correctly then try rebuilding it using ThinApp 4.6.1 without recapturing.   If you still have the associated ThinApp project, simply install 4.6.1 and then run build.bat for that particular application.   It’s always a good idea to keep a copy of your ThinApp projects handy.    If you don’t have the project anymore, you can use the relink.exe utility that ships with ThinApp to upgrade the runtime in the package.

If you rebuilt your application and it still doesn’t work as expected, you might want to also try recapturing the application.  We found a few cases in ThinApp 4.6 where apps that require ODBC components might be included in the package when not required and break the application when it moves from XP to Windows 7.   ThinApp 4.6.1 has new capture logic that correctly detects application dependencies and only adds files that are required.

For more information about ThinApp 4.6.1, check out the release notes.

Published Tuesday, March 01, 2011 5:46 AM by David Marshall
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