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Change to Native Desktop Apps

#1 2018-10-01 18:49:03
I am considering changing the way the Native Client apps for all games are packaged, including the Ape Apps Launcher, by getting rid of the installers and just having the users launch the program by clicking on the icon, the way the Linux versions of the programs currently work. Auto Updating will continue to work, there will just not be a setup program that automatically places everything in your "Program Files" directory and makes desktop shortcut icons.

The reason for doing this is that it will allow me to build all of the client apps from one machine, instead of having to use a Windows, Mac, and Linux machine to build for each respective platform, which takes a lot more time.

Before making such a change though, I wanted to see if there would be objection from the community/users. The change would break the auto-update for the current Windows edition of all of the programs, but it would be a one-time break. The recommended course of action would be to uninstall the current versions when it comes time to download one of the non-setup based updates.

Note that this change only applies to the non-Steam versions of these applications.
Owner of Ape Apps
Edited by bastecklein on 2018-10-01 18:49:26
#2 2018-10-03 14:48:57
If we use the launcher, will it convert them automatically or will we still need to uninstall any/all apps to 'convert' them to the new style?
#3 2018-10-04 22:01:57
It would convert installed apps automatically.
Owner of Ape Apps
#4 2018-10-05 14:28:39
Ah ok, so in that case only the launcher would need a reinstall to convert it or will it be automatic too?