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Sencha Desktop Packager: New Version and New Purchasing Options

February 12, 2013 | Aditya Bansod

Sencha Desktop Packager

Today we’re excited to announce two very different, yet equally awesome pieces of news: first, we’re releasing Sencha Desktop Packager 1.1 and second, the Sencha Desktop Packager is now available as a standalone product.

When we originally released the Desktop Packager, we were amazed by the demand in the community for a solution that let developers take their web application and package it for distribution on the desktop. Two things became very clear: one, people wanted to use the latest, greatest HTML5 features in their applications and wanted a modern runtime to use those features; and two, people wanted to be free of the corporate browser standard and take advantage of the faster performance they could get out of the Desktop Packager. So it was obvious to us to make the Sencha Desktop Packager available as a standalone product to let people take advantage of all the capabilities the product has to offer.

If you want to see the full details, check out the Sencha Desktop Packager product page for the full feature set.

In version 1.1, we’ve been investing in a large set of features that make it easier for developers to build enterprise grade applications and also make as many HTML5 features available as possible.

Here’s a short rundown of what’s new and improved in version 1.1:

  • The core of Sencha Desktop Packager has been upgraded to Chromium 22, giving us various performance improvements and new upgraded features like hardware accelerated rendering, WebGL support, WebSockets support and more.
  • Support for Retina Displays to get sharper, clearer rendering on the latest MacBook Pros, and support for Linux 64-bit and Ubuntu 10.04 style distributions, so no matter where your users are, they can use packaged applications.
  • Media support for WebM and Ogg enabling video and audio playback for these two standards based codecs
  • New examples, including a GUI packaging tool that lets you build and inspect config.json files. We’ve also made improvements to the remote debugger to make the dev process even easier for packaged apps.
  • For folks distributing to the enterprise, we now support full encryption for applications built and distributed using the Desktop Packager. You can supply your own keys and the Desktop Packager will encrypt the application binary to ensure security and tamper proof the application.

One of the great parts of being able to build technology such as the Desktop Packager is the chance to use it in our own products — and in fact, the next version of Sencha Architect will be built using the Sencha Desktop Packager. We’ve been using it internally for a while now, and it’s helped us ensure the Desktop Packager stands up to even the most complex HTML5 applications.

Want to try all this for yourself? Download Sencha Desktop Packager and start a 30-day free trial. Ready to buy? Sencha Desktop Packager is sold on a per-machine basis, meaning that if you're using Desktop Packager on one developer machine and also on one build machine, you need two Desktop Packager licenses. However, in another example, if you have 20 Ext JS licenses, but are only using Desktop Packager on one machine, you need just one Desktop Packager license. Full details on pricing and licensing are available on the Sencha store.

There are 15 responses. Add yours.

Jay Garcia

1 year ago

This is awesome news.  Looking forward to using this in one of our soon to be announced projects smile.

Michal Charvát

1 year ago

Finally great news smile As you gave a notice… Cheers guys

Dmitry Brin

1 year ago

Sorry for being obtuse, but why would anyone want a thick client?

slemmon

1 year ago

@Dmitry
For my part it’s because I’m not allowed a modern browser.  I develop for enterprise and ~half the users have IE7 with no option for an upgrade or alternate browser from IT.  My tears run hot and wet everyday because of it.

Dmitry Brin

1 year ago

@slemmon I feel for you smile However you are enabling them to keep their stone age software and not moving forward. I convert my customers, one browser at a time.

The Don

1 year ago

@Dmitry
Thick clients also give access to the local machine. FileSystem, access to other running applications, etc etc ...
It s just insane how much Sencha is charging for this when they are allready better free available tools.
Even more insane is the people saying this is great news.
This should be a free tool.
Sench a has become a really greathy company.

Mike

1 year ago

I dont have a problem with the price, but i thought I read it’s licensed per machine.  That’s nuts.  I have 2 macbooks and a windows 8 machine i use regularly.

Kazuhiro Kotsutsumi

1 year ago

I translated it into Japanese.

http://www.xenophy.com/extjsblog/5826

Provision: Japan Sencha User Group
http://www.meetup.com/Japan-Sencha-User-Group/about/

Murray

1 year ago

@The Don
Curious to know which tools specifically and why they are better. It would be good to know before I pay my money! grin For me it is more about the functionality than the money, so how do the other products do it better?
Thanks.

Petras

1 year ago

I have been developing with ExtJS for over 2 years now, but when it comes to desktop applications I wouldn’t even consider it. I would choose Adobe AIR platform or Silverlight. Much faster & robust GUI development.

Roland

1 year ago

I have been waiting for it since your blog entry about it in November.
It seems SD is not included in the full licence. Am I wrong?
Please touch it on as it is crucial. Thanks.

Rene

1 year ago

Well the pricing is so much better than a few months ago. I looked at your pricing back then and I believe you charged $20,000 for the same packager. Finally, someone from your company woke up and realized that your original pricing was insane.

Aditya Bansod

1 year ago

@Roland—Desktop Packager is not a part of Sencha Complete and is a standalone product.

Justin Noel

1 year ago

Do you have some downloadable examples?  I’d like to see what an actual application looks like and how it performs.  The product page only has some documentation examples.

Aditya Bansod

1 year ago

@Justin—we don’t ship the actual built apps as examples, but you can readily download a trial and package one of the sample apps we ship in the product.

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