So. I'm bursting at the seams to get this out.
I ran across an announcement about XULRunner, so I thought I'd check it out… turns out it's sinfully easy to develop standalone, cross-platform applications.
Why does this information belong on a Flash oriented wiki?
Because as easy as it is to develop an app in XULRunner, it's even easier to embed the flash player, and have an MTASC created SWF be the entire body of the application (save the titlebar and window decorations).
Yup, you heard me correctly. Develop your SWF, embed it in XULRunner, and release it as a standalone application on win32, linux, and mac osx.
'Course there's rough edges (look at the file size), but that's to be expected with something that's 'cutting edge'.
How is this all achieved you ask? Well… let's walk through what we'll call an FXR how-to...