Today is a great day for me. At IdentityMine, I’ve been working on a software tool named as ‘Desklighter’ since some time back and now it is released to public as a free beta version through our product website’s labs section at http://blendables.com/labs/Desklighter/Default.aspx.
Download Desklighter from here and try converting your Silverlight XAP files into windows exes.
The idea of taking the Silverlight application off the web into a portable single file executable opens up a whole new playing field. Now you will be able to carry your favorite Silverlight games from the web in a USB Flash drive to your friends who are not connected to internet. You can now share your exciting ideas materialized in Silverlight without having to worry about the hosting infrastructure. Your flashy Silverlight demo can now be taken to your customer for showcasing during a presentation. You can distribute your stylish e-brochure done in Silverlight in CDs to whomsoever you want. The possibilities are endless.
A Desklight (the EXE created using Desklighter) need to have the Silverlight plug-in (currently Silverlight 2 Beta 2) installed to run on windows desktops. Below is a screen shot of a sample Desklight. You can download more samples from http://sites.google.com/site/silverlightoffline.
Information about a Desklight including the Desklighter version used to create it can be found when executed from a command line with 'info' as the argument.
Another available command line argument is ‘debug’, which displays the Desklight’s server information while the Silverlight content is getting served. Use this if you see some issues while running a Desklight to know what is happening behind the screens.
Read the complete technology story behind Desklighter here.
The name ‘Desklighter’ was chosen to represent Desktop + Silverlight. My colleague Hariprashanth was the one who created all the graphics work for Desklighter. The logo is made up of four ‘D’s (representing Desklighter) with the windows logo colors (representing desktop). Hari did an excellent work in giving it a stylish look.
I would like to thank all my colleagues here at IdentiyMine for extending their support and providing valuable feedback during the development of Desklighter. The wish list for the next version of Desklighter is growing, thanks to the innovative ideas from them.
Please let us know what you think about this tool, and what you would like to see in its future versions.
Update - New Version Released: http://ctlabs.blogspot.com/2009/09/desklighter-update-beta-2-with-more.html