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Functionality

Screenweaver is software for building Cross-Platform RIDAs (Rich Interfaced Desktop Applications). It separates application logic, and application interface concerns, so experts at either end can focus on what they do best.

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The Screenweaver software builds a bridge between two very powerfull run-time environments: the Neko Virtual Machine (VM), that runs haXe programs, and the Adobe Flash Player, that renders interactive multi-media.

Q&A

What operating systems does Screenweaver HX support?

Why doesn't Screenweaver HX support Linux?

Screenweaver relies on Flash Player version 8+’s External Interface features for communicating back and forth between the GUI and the application back-end. Adobe never published Flash Player 8 for Linux.

Recently though, the Flash Player 9 for Linux has become available.

We are looking for developers that are interested in porting Screenweaver HX’s OS specific code (see high level architecture overview). If you know your way around programming Linux desktop applications in C and would like to get involved, send an email to swos@vanrijkom.org.

Is Screenweaver HX yet another ''SWF2EXE'' tool?

It is not. The table below shows how the two are different:

Screenweaver HX average SWF2EXE
architecture white-box; settings, application loading schemes and execution are open and controlable black-box; settings, application loading schemes and execution are shielded and non-editable
application logic separated from GUI codeintertwined with GUI code
back-end language haXe/Neko no separate back-end; wholistic ActionScript approach
application appearance and behaviour expressions in the back-end logic, dynamic run-time behavior set from a project editor, fixed run-time behavior
project packaging for distribution manual automated

Do I need to learn a new language to start using Screenweaver HX?

Not at first. The back-end code to a simple Screenweaver application that displays one window containing a Flash GUI is just a few lines of code. Because haXe is ECMA-script based it has a very low adoptation treshold:

class App {
    static function main() {
        swhx.Application.init();
	var window = new swhx.Window("My Application",400,300);
	var flash = new swhx.Flash(window,null);
	flash.setAttribute("src","gui.swf");
	flash.start();
	window.show(true);
 
        // enter the system event loop (will exit when window is closed)
        swhx.Application.loop();
	swhx.Application.cleanup();
    }
}

Where can I get support on Screenweaver HX?

Many users are subscribed to the haXe mailing list. This list will handle questions on Screenweaver HX only. For critical projects, commercial consultancy is availble.

Authors

The current version of Screenweaver, Screenweaver HX, is developed and maintained by: