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  • It's been a while since I used Construct 3.

    I remember it was around 70MB and simple portable run, no extra tasks easy-pizzy!

    So launch it from my desktop and I got a message that leads me here, something about NW.js updates

    I followed the manual instructions downloaded the zip and put everything on the same directory.

    Everything works but without the icon of construct 3 (it shows NW.js).

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    It seems like the setup is more complicated now, and need manual updates every time new NW.js is out which make sense but not so user-friendly for people who doesn't use the browser version like myself.

    I got a few questions:

    1 - Is there a more simple way (like it was) for Desktop build? (Sorry, I can't stand the browser one)

    2 - I noticed that there is no windows-store version when I searched, will it come back soon?

    3 - Is the only way now is the manual instructions? (not a big fan but need to know).

    4 - With the current manual-extraction based on the instructions, how do I get the Construct 3 icon to show in my desktop? the shortcut shows the NW.js icon so I just renamed it to Construct 3...

    5 - Will you PLEASE make a portable build (even if it's over 200MB it's still better) to download and run like it was originally? (will you add auto-update NW.js within Construct?) please consider this.

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    I'm sorry for the confusion, I just want to know if the Desktop-Build is going to stay like this or will get back to how it was (much better and simple = download, run) before I subscribe for another year...

    Thanks ahead!

  • Why not just use the browser version? In Chrome if you use the 'Install' option you get a desktop shortcut with the right icon, no address bar, automatic updates handled for you, and still access to folder projects etc. (using experimental features; should be available by default by the end of the year).

    The install process is virtually identical to the old one. You now just unzip two downloads instead of one. That's pretty much it. Since the NW.js download comes directly from their own website now, you can install any version, including new NW.js versions as soon as they are released, try nightly releases, use it on different platforms, etc. That was the intent behind the change.

  • Alon the main way to use Construct 3 now is with this launcher:

    construct.net/en/forum/construct-3/general-discussion-7/construct-desktop-launcher-139502

    Keeps everything up to date, and can easily change versions if you want in a click.

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  • Why not just use the browser version? In Chrome if you use the 'Install' option you get a desktop shortcut with the right icon, no address bar, automatic updates handled for you, and still access to folder projects etc. (using experimental features; should be available by default by the end of the year).

    Thanks for the answer Ashley, I appreciate it.

    I understand it's easier for most people, I don't like the idea of turning of my chrome extensions every time I would like to use C3 and then turn it on to gain extra memory, this is not efficient at all.

    I don't like the idea of making my browser fullscreen to gain the extra workspace that is sure needed, and turn it off every time I want to browse, not a user-friendly experience... Also, I like how clean the desktop built was when I used it for about 2 years.

    I understand it is a browser itself but it's not using my chrome with all the extensions and heavy ram usage, I remember it was much more than what I need (I'm a heavy chrome user, that's the main reason).

    I tried the browser version few times, I just don't feel "at home" when using it in a browser, it's probably also a personal feel and I already got used to the desktop version since I used it from the moment it was optional and it FEELS GREAT! I really love it :)

    The install process is virtually identical to the old one. You now just unzip two downloads instead of one. That's pretty much it. Since the NW.js download comes directly from their own website now, you can install any version, including new NW.js versions as soon as they are released, try nightly releases, use it on different platforms, etc. That was the intent behind the change.

    As I mentioned, I followed the new installation steps and everything works but I can't get the C3 icon, it shows the NW.js so I just renamed it to "Construct 3" as I showed on the image, but it's not an issue I just wondered if it can be fixed so I'll see C3 since I have so many icons on my desktop.

    Again, it's not critical because it's just an icon, "cosmetic" user experience, nothing more because everything works :)

  • Alon the main way to use Construct 3 now is with this launcher:

    https://www.construct.net/en/forum/construct-3/general-discussion-7/construct-desktop-launcher-139502

    Keeps everything up to date, and can easily change versions if you want in a click.

    WOW! that looks like an impressive VERY user-friendly launcher,

    I will give it a try, Thank you! :)

  • Alon you there is a nice Construct icon included in the download, so you can go to the properties of your C3 shortcut, select 'change icon' and navigate to the provided .ico file (note you have to re-do this if you upgrade nwjs). Not quite the smooth user-friendly option you want I know, but only takes a few minutes and the C3 Icon is much nicer than the C2 one!

  • Alon you there is a nice Construct icon included in the download, so you can go to the properties of your C3 shortcut, select 'change icon' and navigate to the provided .ico file (note you have to re-do this if you upgrade nwjs). Not quite the smooth user-friendly option you want I know, but only takes a few minutes and the C3 Icon is much nicer than the C2 one!

    Thanks for the reply :)

    I'm afraid there is only icon.png and Windows need icon file, so I can't use it.

    Also... I think I'll just use the launcher from now on, it is the most user-friendly experience for desktop users like myself, I also suggested to add shortcut + icon for next launcher version, it will be nice.

  • Again, it's not critical because it's just an icon, "cosmetic" user experience, nothing more because everything works :)

    You could also do the following:

    1. Right Click on "nw.exe" > "Create shortcut"
    2. Rename the shortcut to "Construct 3"
    3. Right Click the shortcut > "Properties" > "Shortcut" > Change icon
    4. Select the Construct 3 icon and apply (download)

    Always keep "nw.exe" at the same location. The shortcut should keep working, even if you update NWjs by extracting and replacing files inside the existing folder.

  • Thanks! that's MUCH better looking than the NW.js icon :)

    Maybe the icon file should be included in the setup of the launcher? (for future versions)

  • Thanks! that's MUCH better looking than the NW.js icon :)

    Maybe the icon file should be included in the setup of the launcher? (for future versions)

    It isn't really necessary because NWjs automatically applies the included PNG file as the app icon on startup. Anyway let's keep Launcher related stuff in the Launcher topic.

  • Alon the main way to use Construct 3 now is with this launcher:

    https://www.construct.net/en/forum/construct-3/general-discussion-7/construct-desktop-launcher-139502

    Keeps everything up to date, and can easily change versions if you want in a click.

    This is just what a doctor ordered, thanks!

  • NW.js 0.48 is now out, based on Chromium 85. This release appears to fix some display glitches that could happen in NW.js 0.47, including a white box instead of a progress bar, and a missing toolbar in the cloud open dialog, so I'd advise all NW.js users to update.

  • I can't log into my Google Drive account, actually i'm just trying this version and this is my first time using C3 Desktop App. So i'm not sure if it's a bug or some kind of error.

    Currently at C3 r213 Beta version (NW.js C3 Desktop App).

  • I just tried signing in to Google Drive in NW.js and it worked fine for me.

    A 500 server error usually means a problem on Google's side - maybe it's a temporary outage.

  • I just tried signing in to Google Drive in NW.js and it worked fine for me.

    A 500 server error usually means a problem on Google's side - maybe it's a temporary outage.

    Well, i'll try again later.

    Thanks !

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