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Distribute cross-platform perl applicationby true (Pilgrim)
|on Apr 22, 2003 at 15:34 UTC||Need Help??|
true has asked for the
wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:
I've got these flash parsing tools written primarily in perl. They do various tasks i deem helpful and i'm trying to distribute them to as many Flash Developers as i can. My target platforms are Mac OSX, Windows, Linux.
The parsing tools use ImageMagick plus a custom module i wrote that's not worthy of CPAN. Flash developers tend to stay visual hence i want to avoid giving a four page installation manual. Not to mention how long it took me, the newbie, to proerly install ImageMagick on a non-root server etc etc. My goal is to avoid these install hassles and just give people the tool.
To date, i've got the Windows problem licked thanks to perl2exe. After learning about strict :), i can produce an executable that the Flash Developer can drag and drop files onto and the tool parses the files. Very simple to use with no install needed.
My question comes in when i look to the MacOSX paltform and Linux desktops like KDE or Gnome. I have seen that the MacOSX perl is alive but missing almost all modules (even LWP). Most Mac heads don't like the command line yet. Since OSX is Unix based. I'm hoping to find a solution to the MacOSX/Unix platform. Ideally similar to my Windows solution discussed earlier. One file the user downloads with no out-of-folder installs needed.
Any advice would be appreciated.
thanks for reading.
BTW. Image2SWF is the tool i'm trying to distribute. More info at: http://metasphere.net/image2swf.html
2003-04-22 edit ybiC: Retitle from "Running Perl on any platform"