About Application Virtualization Explorer

Premier App-V package editor and administrator's companion.

Application Virtualization Explorer (AVE) is an advanced all-purpose Microsoft App-V virtual application package editor and troubleshooting tool. It includes a number of exiting and advanced features in an easy to use and understandable interface, going beyond the capabilities of what other App-V package editors or viewers can offer. Application Virtualization Explorer targets all the use cases for App-V packages regardless of their deployment methodologies or infrastructures; be it SCCM -based usage, App-V's native infrastructure, lightweight infrastructure or custom delivery methods using App-V package MSIs. AVE can be used by all App-V administrators, virtual application packagers and support personnel who require an easier, more streamlined and straightforward method of editing a package's content.

Application Virtualization Explorer - A premier App-V package editor and administrator's companion
Trusted by App-V professionals around the world, Application Virtualization Explorer (AVE) is a gold standard in App-V package editors. AVE has many advanced and easy-to understand features which makes all of the post processing tasks for App-V packages easier than using other tools on the market. AVE targets all use cases and infrastructure models for App-V, be it a SCCM integrated usage, traditional App-V infrastructure, custom delivery method or standalone usage.

Review App-V Packages
With Application Virtualization Explorer you can review exactly what each package contains regardless of the source of your App-V virtual application. Easily check that there are no hidden settings (such as logically deleted registry entries or VFS mappings) that your original packaging tool did not reveal to you, or took settings onboard accidently. This is especially important for an automatically converted package where you do not have complete control of the contents. By showing the entire contents of packages AVE provides the certainty that no unexpected side-effects will pop up when deploying the package to actual clients.

Edit App-V Packages
While other App-V related editors are mostly limited to making changes to plain-text files (OSD, SPRJ and XML files) to the App-V package files (either 4.X or 5.X), AVE can handle changes to plain-text stored data, as well as changes to the contents of the binary package file (.APPV file or .SFT file) making it a truly integrated editor for the whole package.

Application Virtualization Explorer offers stand-alone full-package editing capabilities, making it an ideal solution for all common package editing needs without having to resort to Sequencer.

AVE supports all past and present App-V formats, 32-bit or 64-bit, in both reading and writing capability. With Application Virtualization Explorer, encoding parameters for saved and modified packages can be tuned to the finest detail, for instance a package can be modified but keep the same internal version level (version numbering, GUIDs and "sequencing" history) as the original package, making it indistinguishable from the original from App-V's perspective.

Some of the features in App-V virtual packages can be very hard to maintain and manage, package scripting being one example. User, machine, application and package -level scripting is fully supported in Application Virtualization Explorer using an integrated script editing interface which enables an easy and "hands-off" method for adding simple or complex scripts to the package.

With Application Virtualization Explorer, there is no need to revert back to a clean environment or set up secondary partitions in order to open and edit internal files, nor is it necessary to extract the whole internal directory of files back to disk. Just open the package, edit and save back as an updated package. To fully complete the changes, AVE will take care of updating the manifest file to reflect updated OSD files and also bring MSI files up-to-date, or generate new MSIs for older packages without one in the source.

Application Virtualization Explorer is available in 2 Editions:

  • Application Virtualization Explorer Professional is a fully featured App-V package editor, targeting all use cases in App-V 4 & 5 packaging process and maintenance. It supports all past and present App-V packages, and supports viewing of App-V 4 Client cached files.
  • Application Virtualization Explorer Standard is a complete App-V 5.0 package editor, targeting all use cases for App-V 5 packaging process and maintenance. AVE is recommended for ALL App-V administrators, application packagers and support technicians who need to work with only the new App-V 5.0 packages. AVE Standard does not not support legacy (pre-5.0) App-V package versions.