Install .ipa files using the App Installer tool
There are times when you need to install your app on your device without compiling your project again. previously you could use iTunes to do the job but iTunes has removed this feature from its software. That’s when we thought we need to add a new tool to our ANELAB software. We are calling it the App Installer tool.
Since ANELAB V1.1.17 there’s a new menu item called “App Installer” and when you click on it, a new page will open which lets you drag-drop your app into it. Simply drag in an .ipa file into it while your iOS device is connected to your machine. The app will be installed on your device. It’s that simple. Watch the below screencast to see it in action.
You, as a developer, certainly know that if a software is easy to work with, it means a lot of effort has been made for it. The same thing is happening in the App Installer tool. It works on Mac and Win machines and in the background, it connects to your AIR SDK ADT tool. In case there’s a problem with the app or with your setup, an error window will pop open and tells you what the problem is. So you can fix the problem and try again.
What about .apk files?
You may ask why does it work with .ipa files only? well, simply because that’s the hard part. with Android apps, there are thousands of different ways which you can try to install an .apk file in your mobile device. on the iOS side however, there aren’t much solutions. The best approach was the iTunes software which no longer is useful for this reason.
As a side note, we are not doing any magic here, we are actually using the “ADT” tool from AdobeAIR sdk. It’s just that we are making things work easier for you with just a simple drag & drop gesture.
We really hope you may find this new feature in ANELAB useful.
Enjoy building AdobeAIR apps,