Pleco Desktop

mikelove

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Finally a ray of hope:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/arti...have-plan-to-combine-iphone-ipad-and-mac-apps

If this is true then there's a very good chance we could make a Mac app after all, since it would be essentially zero effort to do so.

@pdwalker - sorry I didn't respond to this earlier. Upgrades are tricky because you have to keep supporting the old app too - people bought stuff in it + expect it to keep working. So we end up stuck maintaining several different versions of Pleco in order to cover people who hadn't upgraded.

If I felt the need to charge for new features it would probably make more sense to gate off some new functionality in an IAP - 'enhanced flashcards' or whatever - but keep the core app the same for everyone. (that's not currently under consideration, don't worry)
 
Thanks, this would be wonderful indeed!

As long as Macs are based on the Intel microarchitecture, these apps would probably compile as „fat binaries“ and run natively on both platforms. It‘s great too that developers get full control over how their iOS apps work on a Mac. It was wise of Apple to have macOS and iOS share a lot of code.
 

mikelove

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Yes - architecture's not much of an issue here anyway since virtually all iOS apps are already cross-compiled for x86 (both 32- and 64-bit) to run on the iOS Simulator.
 
Hi Adam,

Fair enough. Was hoping for Pleco in an AppImage or Flatpak package :)

It would be great, but let's keep in mind Linux is basically designed for free/open-source software. Any software that needs to charge money requires a mechanism to identify your unique hardware. On Mac/Windows, only Microsoft, Adobe and a few other major vendors can effectively enforce their licensing terms that way. With Linux, of course, any part of the OS, including the kernel, can be modified to make Pleco think you're the rightful owner of the software.

Was just going to call attention to this, it's easy to forget. ;)
 
Hey Shun :D . As a *nix user who started off on SunOS 5, not so sure that the layperson would be have the time and resources to compromise the licensing requirement of Pleco if done right. BricsCAD and Paragon Microsoft NTFS are two examples of well-regarded commercial apps which license by way of serials. But I get the gist of your commentary :) . I'm OK with emulators and VMs, though native will always be preferred ;)
 
How does that not apply to any other operating system?
In a non-jailbroken iOS device, any additional software is tied to your Apple ID, of course, and it’s similar with Google Play and Android. The system is quite complex, but safe, I think. Naturally, a jailbroken phone allows more freedom for hackers, but the risk is that you can‘t use the phone for anything afterwards because the jailbreak itself could be malware.
 
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hello, friends. I'm currently looking for a way to use Pleco on PC, laptop to be precise. i3 CPU forgot what type, weak I presume, 4gb of RAM, an a Nvidia GT600 something. overall weak. OS is Windows 7 64bit

so far I've Googled, I think the only way is through Android emulators? after researching and by many people's recommendation, I tried Bluestacks. but don't really like it too much. first, it's so big, after install and 1st launch its size has bloated to 2gb. so I use an 2gb emulator for a 83mb Pleco? then, it needs Google account login. I stopped using it when I stuck at the login screen on 1st launch, because I need to use Pleco offline, forever. this BS is obviously made towards gaming and play a lot of games, while I actually only need to run Pleco, just Pleco, this one program on my PC. I'd only looking into emulators because Pleco won't run without it in Win7, not using emulators to play smartphone games like most of my friends

so, friends, you have any other recommendation of alternative emulator? a better one, smaller size, lighter load on PC, simple, easy (install, usage), etc. I only want to use Pleco on Win7, that's it, really, nothing else

I did browse this forum, an ARCWelder from Chrome is mentioned? does that work? do I need to install Google Chrome browser to use it? for browser, I use Firefox only. but if I have to install Chrome just to use Pleco, I guess that can't be helped, might as well install it then. I'm sorry that I'm not a tech savvy, to be honest when I read the thread, I'm kinda overwhelmed :p

of course, it doesn't have to be ARCWelder, just recommend any (free) emulator you've used or currently using and deem best. doesn't have to be emulators even, if there's another way to use Pleco on Win7 x64 (if this is even plausible). I also browsed some more for other Android emulators, there are many choices and I'm confused by them, which one I should use. I thought I better consult fellow end users before trying to install any programs on my PC

thank you :)
 
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Hi 3island18,

I don't think I can give you step-by-step instructions because running Pleco on an emulator actually isn't officially supported. I suggest you start by searching for "pleco arc welder" and "pleco apk" on Google, this will quickly give you all the necessary information. You're on the right track about installing Chrome first. Google ARC Welder is certainly safer to install than Bluestacks (be careful to get it directly from Google, not some third-party site), though its memory requirements aren't that low, either. This is because an additional operating system needs to run on your machine for this to work.

But with a weak system as you describe, while this can be fun for trying out once, it may not be fit for everyday use because the Windows part of your system will then also be running more slowly. If you want an extra instance of Pleco that's always running, you might be better off with a cheap Android tablet or even the cheap version Apple iPad.

Hope this helps,

Shun
 
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