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Again, Adobe Apollo Alternative – ZINC

Posted by Charles | March 16, 2007 .

I accidentally deleted the previous post regarding ZINC of MDM. Luckily I still have the comments came from email notifications. I’ll just put them here again.

ZINC is a desktop application development platform for Flash. It’s what Adobe is doing with Apollo. It’s more than a elaborated Flash projector, with a lots of ready-to-use lib for multimedia and communication Flash application development. You need ZINC for each platform to develop and deploy the apps.

David Meeker commented:

I agree Zinc in a good solution, but I certainly wouldn’t rely on it for anything mission critical. I don’t know if you can realistically trust a 3rd party product over apollo. And, to be honest, it isn’t quite the same as an alternative to Apollo.
Apollo is actually much more robust and well rounded than what Zinc could offer, but your real concern shouldn’t be that… it should be the thought of “how do you trust that a 3rd party product like zinc is going to work with the next iteration of Flash. Of course things will be backwards compatible, but some things will be new and cool and not supported.
I’d use it for something small, but for something important? I am not so sure.

I say this having done my research, so it isn’t just some guy’s opinion. Our final solution to make a desktop (DVD deployed) application that we built in Flex? Simple… use the most recent build of the standalone player, open your Flex-generated .SWF in it, and create a projector.

It works cross platform, although you will need a PC to create the PC version and a mac to create the Mac version. But using the proper actionscript to handle the player sizing, etc… it works great AND it is Adobe approved.

Seriously, if you are going to try to toss out a desktop application in Flex, just use the free Flash projector. If you really need local file system access, then wait for Apollo. It shouldn’t be long!

Here is Brandon Ellis‘s opinion:

unfortunately, I’ve had to use Zinc for the last two years and it has never lived up to the cross platform claims. It does 98% of what is says it will do but my requirements always seem to fall into that last 2%. They are good about updating Zinc but there is usually some bug that wasn’t there before with each up date. The sooner I never have to use it, the better.

Benjamin Dobler has a better quality vedio on ZINC.

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