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MacGap vs OpenFL: What are the differences?

Developers describe MacGap as "Desktop WebKit wrapper for HTML/CSS/JS applications". MacGap provides HTML/JS/CSS developers an Xcode project for developing native OS X App. These Apps run in OS X's WebView and take advantage of WebKit technologies. MacGap exposes a JavaScript API for OS X integration, such as displaying native notifications or writing data to a file. MacGap is extremely lightweight and nimble; a blank application weighs less than 1MB. On the other hand, OpenFL is detailed as "*Build games and applications for almost every platform imaginable *". It enables creative expression for the desktop, mobile and web. Enterprise applications and best-selling games are made with it, publishing native, Flash and HTML5 applications using one seamless toolset.

MacGap and OpenFL can be categorized as "Cross-Platform Desktop Development" tools.

Some of the features offered by MacGap are:

  • open-source
  • tiny compiled app sizes
  • Mac App Store compatible

On the other hand, OpenFL provides the following key features:

  • Vector Graphics
  • Seamless support for image, canvas and typed array pixel stores
  • Text Support

MacGap and OpenFL are both open source tools. It seems that MacGap with 3.59K GitHub stars and 228 forks on GitHub has more adoption than OpenFL with 1.42K GitHub stars and 331 GitHub forks.

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      What is MacGap?

      MacGap provides HTML/JS/CSS developers an Xcode project for developing native OS X App. These Apps run in OS X's WebView and take advantage of WebKit technologies. MacGap exposes a JavaScript API for OS X integration, such as displaying native notifications or writing data to a file. MacGap is extremely lightweight and nimble; a blank application weighs less than 1MB.

      What is OpenFL?

      It enables creative expression for the desktop, mobile and web. Enterprise applications and best-selling games are made with it, publishing native, Flash and HTML5 applications using one seamless toolset.

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