App on different systems

Graham Samuel livfoss at
Fri Feb 27 03:46:03 EST 2015

You really can run fully legit versions of Windows on a Mac using a commercial product like Parallels - even peripheral access is pretty robust. So if your resources are limited and you want to develop desktop apps for Mac and Windows, do the development on the Mac. If you’re thinking of developing mobile apps for iOS, then the Mac is the only game in town. I can’t answer for the other platforms, but my guess is the Mac is still a viable platform for those. So iMHO you should forget about trying to run OSX on a PC, instead you should be testing by running Windows on a Mac.

Since it’s what I do myself, I’m talking about developing using the Mac versions of LiveCode and only switching to Windows under Parallels or whatever for testing standalones, but if you really want to, you can of course do your actual development using the Windows versions of LC in that same environment since it is a real Windows environment.


> On 27 Feb 2015, at 03:39, JB <sundown at> wrote:
> It doesn’t sound too difficult to make the
> app cross-platform.  The problem would
> be the needed testing before a release
> and that may involve owing the different
> computers etc. to make sure the app is
> running properly.  More time and money
> and without a good place to market it.  I
> can build my own website and get the
> needed computers for testing and do
> the cross-platform code later.
> If Apple takes 30% then I will price it so
> that cost is included.  If the app is good
> enough people will still buy it.
> John Balgenorth
> On Feb 26, 2015, at 6:27 PM, Kay C Lan <lan.kc.macmail at> wrote:
>> On Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 10:11 AM, JB <sundown at> wrote:
>>> That solves my problem of trying
>>> to code and sell the app to those
>>> who do not own a Mac.
>>> But isn't that why you code in LC, so it's easy to create crossplatform
>> apps?
>> Actually, that's a stupid statement. I don't code in LC because I want to
>> create cross platform apps, I code in LC because it's the well endowed
>> grandchild of HyperCard and HyperTalk was the only programming language
>> that my brain every really cottoned on to. HC was not cross platform and I
>> never cared, I only really create stacks for myself. But the fact that LC
>> is so talented and capable and can create apps for other platforms, and do
>> so in the same simple language that my grey matter can fool others into
>> thinking that I can 'program computers' it means that I have actually
>> created the odd Win, Linux and iOS apps.
>> Whilst it isn't the 'one code' for all platform hype the glossy LC adverts
>> extol, depending on how many non-Mac users become interested in your
>> creation, the more that 30% take by Apple may seem better invested in your
>> time to look at the needed platform specific code changes for you app. (As
>> many of the answer could be found free from this List, it could be time
>> well spent)
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