Well, it’s not like I have a lot of time on my hands but I thought I’d give Apollo a whirl and see how it goes. There’s a lot of hype going on at the moment about it and I’m pretty curious to see how it stands up to other swf to exe apps.
Creating apps for Apollo is simple if you already have experience with Flex, which I do. So getting into the application making is a snap. I do have to say that it took me a good 10 minutes to get the icons for the application I made to show up.. Not for any fault of Adobe but my own for not noticing that the tags for the icons were sitting inside a comment block.. duh
Anyhow, once I got over that little hurdle I started to look at the rest a bit and see that the background that Flex puts in is not supported by Apollo. Or something like that because my app has a drab grey background to it when installed. All I made was a basic video player and then just embedded the FLV files in the AIR file. Worked fine.
Something I would like to see in the future would be an uninstall file in the install directory so I don’t have to go to the control panel and find it in the programs list to uninstall. I’m on windows, not a mac so I can’t just go and delete the directory.
I haven’t had any experience yet in trying to get the file object to work or find out how on and off connectivity go, I’ll see what I can do tomorrow or the next day. It looks good though, simple to create AIR files and then install. Looking forward to spending a bit more time with Apollo in the near future.