I don't think what you want is possible unless your target users are on
very old operating systems. On Mac OS at least, every standalone now has to
be notarized . You could build a standalone that launches other
standalones, but each of those would also have to be notarized or the Mac
won't open it. Windows has some similar limitations too, though there are
ways around it if you know how, or at least there used to be. I don't know
how Linux manages such things.
However, you *can* build a standalone that opens stacks. Those don't need
to be certified, notarized, stapled, verified, or anything else. Only
executables need that.
When you get to mobile, it's trickier. For Android, you can distribute
standalones without limitations, though users have been taught not to trust
third-party distributions unless they know the author (which in your case
they probably would.) But you can't build an Android standalone that opens
other Android standalones because every app is sandboxed and can't access
anything outside of its own box. And for iOS, you can't distribute from
anywhere but the App Store, period., which requires a developer account and
lots of bureaucratic rigamarole.
But like desktop apps, you can build a single Android app that opens other
stacks; typically from a server because unless the app is designed with
specific permissions (bestowed by Google review I believe, but not sure) it
can't access other files on the device. On iOS, assuming your app is in the
App Store, Apple may or may not allow it to download stacks depending on
whether their review team views that as a security issue.
If you are building a standalone only for your own use, you are free and
clear because anything you create on your own machine is available without
I think the good old days are over.
Jacqueline Landman Gay | jac...@hyperactivesw.com
HyperActive Software | http://www.hyperactivesw.com
On March 26, 2021 9:47:26 PM Roger Guay via use-livecode
In the good ol days, I could build a standalone for the Mac, Windows and
Linux and distribute it willy-nilly. Now I have to jump thru intolerable
hoops (at least for the Mac) to give someone my standalone. if someone
(hint. . .hint) could build a Livecode reader app for dirt cheap or even
free w advertising that would run LC standalones, everything would be right
in the world again!
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