I've released APPBuilder 2.0 with full support for Hollywood 7, new platform targets and new and updated plugins.
APPBuilder is a tool that can drastically increase your Hollywood multimedia language productivity, infact with APPBuilder you can compile and pack your cross-platform project with a single click without bothering with long shell commands.
In a standard environment, if you will to target multiple platforms and you are using plugins, you would have to build your executables and manually you have to pack them including the right plugin for every target OS. This process can lead to mistakes, copying the wrong plugin or putting it in the wrong folder. If you are building your applications for multiple platforms this utility is a must have to save time!
This application let you choice for which target platforms you want to build, you set up your main source and what Hollywood plugins your application needs, and you are done: APPBuilder will manage for you all the boring things like copying the correct plugin version in the correct target platform folder.
APPBuilder can also manage for you your application resources, just tell APPBuilder which resources must be included with your application and it will copy all of them in the right folders, including MacOSX application boundles! Yes Mac .app bundles will be managed by APPBulder with no efforts from the user.
APPBuilder can also manage external data: with external data I mean data that must be included with your distribution but that is not essential and should be placed outside the main application folder.
Think about a “readme” file, or documentation files : setting these files as external APPBuilder will copy them inside the build folder but outside the application folder, this is especially useful for MacOSX applications because external files will be placed outside the application boundle and so will be easily accessible by the final users.
One more thing that APPBuilder can do is to create for you a zipped archive ready to be distributed, it uses 7zip so you must have it on your system to use this feature or, at least, you should have a similar program that uses the same command line arguments of 7zip.
Please note that on your first run APPBuilder will download all necessary files and all available plugins from a remote position, this was needed to reduce the package size, my hosting space needs and to allow you to download updates easily.
APPBuilder is distributed as shareware, downloading one of the available package you will get the full version that from time to time will remember you to register the software (of course if you like it and it’s useful for your needs) : there are no other restrictions, you have the time to test it as long as you wish.
If you decide to register your copy have a look at the available options on the application home page.
- Updated to Hollywood 7 and added all supported target platforms
- Updated all plugins and added all missing ones
- Now APPBuilder remembers the last used projects folder
- Platform targets are now defined using an external plain text file instead of being hardcoded
- Due to Hollywood 7 update now also APPBuilder offers full support to UTF-8 encoding.