Building Standalone Applications With FDT & Zinc 4.0

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Fdt zinc.gif Zinc Builder is a powerful tool for using your existing AS3 and MXML skills to create desktop (and kiosk) applications for platforms such as OSX and Windows.

This tutorial will give a short introduction to using Zinc builder and FDT.



Getting Started

Download & Install Zinc Builder

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Download & Install The FDT Zinc Template

While this step is optional, many will find it helpful when doing Zinc development.

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After downloading the template (above) place it in your FDT home folder.

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Creating A Zinc Project In FDT

Setup Your Project

After installing the template, create a new project using the new template.

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Once the project is created, move the Zinc API SWC into your libs folder (this example is not using Flex).

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Using the Zinc API

With your API ready, add some sample code. This example uses Keith Peter's MinimalComps as a button that will trigger Zinc's API to open a native system dialogue box.

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Compiling and Viewing

Last, compile your application to create a .SWF. You'll notice that nothing is visible on the stage. This is because the application is waiting for Zinc to startup via this line of code:


When building your application, it's suggested to not add this until you're ready to package it via Zinc Builder.

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Packaging You SWF In Zinc

Setting Up For Packaging

When you open Zinc, select your SWF to begin the packaging process.

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Because this example is using Zinc to open a native OS dialogue box, you'll need to make sure the proper APIs are exposed for packaging.

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When ready, build you application via Project>Build Project.

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Viewing and Using You Application

When Zinc packages your application, it will be launched.

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Zinc is powerful and easy to use. With it you can create, Build & Deploy Real Desktop Applications based upon the AdobeĀ® Flash SWF Format. Zinc 4.0 compiles your SWF Files into Powerful Desktop Applications (Projectors) for Windows, Mac OSX and Linux.

Learn more on Zinc's website.

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