According to various sources, Symantec Corp. yesterday announced the end of life of the Wise Package Studio product during their Symantec Vision conference in Barcelona. It will be replaced by a special edition of AdminStudio from Flexera Software, which used to be Wise Package Studio's main competitor for many years. Only the Wise Script Editor will survive and will be integrated into "AdminStudio for Symantec". As of this writing, there's no official information on the web sites of Symantec or Flexera Software, but according to a post in a Symantec support forum, this is the end of life announcement:
Symantec has entered a partnership with Flexera Software, introducing a new solution, “AdminStudio for Symantec”, based on Flexera’s industry leading technology.
Flexera AdminStudio for Symantec includes integration with Symantec technologies and full support for all of the latest Windows operating systems and installation-related technologies, including the ability to capture both 32-bit and 64-bit applications. In addition, AdminStudio Virtualization Pack, an optional add-on pack, offers advanced packaging support for the application virtualization technologies from Microsoft (App-V), VMware (ThinApp) and Citrix (Xen App).
A Wise Package Studio 8.0 maintenance release is planned for late 2011 or early 2012. The release is expected to include critical bug fixes, and 64-bit support for the WiseScript Editor and SetupCapture tools. Flexera plans to add the enhanced WiseScript Editor to AdminStudio for Symantec and will continue to develop and support the tool going forward.
Therefore as of November 7, 2011, all versions of Wise Package Studio and the Wise Connector, including any Maintenance Packs and/or patches for each version, in all released languages will reach their End of Life (EOL).
Wise Solutions Inc. was acquired by Altiris Inc. in 2003, and four years later Altiris was acquired by Symantec Corp. In April 2010 Symantec announced the end of life for Wise Installation System, Package Studio's sibling product for software developers.
AdminStudio can be purchased from the InstallSite Shop at http://www.installsite.biz/adminstudio.htm