|Application Programming: Distributing Runtime Mode Applications|
This section discusses the process of creating an application distribution that includes the files necessary to run IDL, allowing you to distribute your application to users who do not already have IDL installed.
If your IDL application is intended to be run in an installation with an IDL development license, you do not need to create an IDL distribution. Simply package up your application files (either
Similarly, if your IDL application is intended to be run in the IDL Virtual Machine using an end user's existing IDL installation or the IDL for Windows Installation CD-ROM, you do not need to create an IDL distribution. See Distributing Virtual Machine Applications for details.
You have the following options for distributing your application:
.profiles, as well as for Callable IDL applications that restore IDL SAVE files. The IDL Project interface automates the process of creating the SAVE file for your application and the IDL distribution tree to support it. See Creating a Distribution Using Project Export for details.
make_rtscript (UNIX only). This method is useful for Callable IDL applications that do not use a SAVE file. Because the Project Export feature requires you to create a project and build a SAVE file before you export an IDL distribution, it may be easier to use the
make_rtscript when your application does not use a SAVE file. (The
make_rtscript is not available in IDL for Windows.) See Creating a Distribution Using the make_rt Script for details.
IDL Online Help (March 06, 2007)