nCine can be built with preset options to make a developer distribution. This type of build is very useful on Windows and OS X, where an installer can be created for the user to develop with the nCine.
For this to work there are some additional requirements:
- Git: to set the package version from the
- Doxygen: to build the documentation
- NSIS: to create the installer on Windows
In order to build the nCine developer distribution you need to have CMake installed and clone the following repositories:
- nCine, this is the main project
- nCine-libraries, this project contains CMake scripts to build dependencies for Windows or OS X
- nCine-android-libraries, this project contains CMake scripts to build dependencies for Android
- nCine-data, the data files for the nCine tests
For the nCine project to automatically find the dependencies and the data it is important to clone all the repositories in the same directory.
Build the dependencies
- To build the MSVC libraries follow the instructions on the Windows page.
- To build the OS X frameworks libraries follow the instructions on the OS X page.
- For the Android libraries follow the instructions on the Android page.
Build the nCine library
To build the nCine project in DevDist mode you need to set the
NCINE_OPTIONS_PRESETS CMake variable to
You can do that in the CMake-GUI on Windows or with the terminal on OS X:
cmake -HnCine -BnCine-DevDist -DNCINE_OPTIONS_PRESETS=DevDist
Now either open the
nCine.sln file for Visual Studio or use
cmake --build <dir> on OS X to compile as usual.
This time Doxygen will be invoked in order to build the documentation.
Build the installer
To create the installer build the
PACKAGE target on Visual Studio and have NSIS create the installer while on OS X invoke
cmake --build <dir> --target PACKAGE to create a compressed DMG image.
PACKAGE target is also going to create a Zip archive that can be used for a portable installation. This kind of installation relies on the
NCINE_HOME environment variable to be set according to the directory with the uncompressed archive contents.
Build a Binary Distribution
There is a second valid value for the
NCINE_OPTIONS_PRESETS CMake variable which is
With that you can create an installer containing only the libraries and the tests. There will be no documentation, no include files and no Android support. It comes in handy when you want to show someone the engine features or just test how it works on a particular computer.