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Mission: Platform-Independence


Quick weekend update, made a start on porting Jack for another OS.  What’s this Icaros Desktop no less?

Not sure why the window transparency is not in effect, Hollywood or AROS limitation perhaps?  Also the mouse pointer is all skewed and non-recognisable.  Still, nice start.  Configured a few helper applications along the way, foreinstance ArosPDF is called instead of AmiPDF, MultiView instead of NotePad, FinderV3 instead of AmigaOS4-centric Find and a few more fixes to get this working in a new environment.  Still a little way to go to get everything working correctly, the hardest part was getting TO the interface.  Enjoy!

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  1. March 11, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Very nice 😀 Thx you

  2. xan
    March 12, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Wonderful! way to go! AROS will be our future.

  3. Shinon Haras
    March 28, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Why is it so difficult to compile the same program for multiple platforms from the beginning? Isn’t this what Hollywood was made for? One program, multiple compiles for AROS, AOS3, AOS4, MOS … at the same time. Instead, I only see Hollywood programs on OS4, rarely on others. Why is that? Do people code Hollywood apps platform dependant?

    • lakewebdesign
      March 29, 2012 at 8:12 am

      Just because Hollywood can compile for different target platforms doesn’t magically one can always just hit the Compile button and everything works. Some applications (like Jack) use resources that are only available on AmigaOS. Foreinstance the Amiga icon system AISS is not resident on MorphOS and AROS so we have to do additional work to ensure they are compiled directly into the executable. Thats just one problem, if I give another quick example, if the end-user double-clicks a PDF file what third-party application should it actually open in? Does AmiPDF exists on all target systems? Nope.

  4. fan@aros.de
    March 29, 2012 at 8:13 am

    thank you for the aros-port!

    • lakewebdesign
      March 29, 2012 at 8:15 am

      Sorry, your gonna have to wait a little while yet, but making suitable progress.

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