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What is it?

Hollywood is a multimedia-oriented programming language that can be used to create graphical applications very easily. It was designed with the paradigm to make software creation as easy as possible in mind. Thus, Hollywood is suited for beginners and advanced users alike. Hollywood comes with an extensive function library (encompassing over 600 different commands) that simplifies the creation of 2D games, presentations, and applications, to a great extent. It has been in development since 2002 and hence is today a very mature and stable software package.

One of the highlights of Hollywood is its inbuilt cross-compiler which can be used to deploy software on many different platforms without having to change a single line of the code. The cross-compiler can compile for all platforms from any platform Hollywood is running on. For instance, you can compile Mac OS X application bundles using the Windows version of Hollywood.

Hollywood is a light-weight, but still powerful programming language that is just about two megabytes in size and does not require any external components. Hence, it is ideal for creating programs which run right out of the box. In fact, Hollywood programs will run perfectly from an USB flash drive without any prior installation whatsoever. The following platform architectures are currently supported by Hollywood:

  • AmigaOS 3 (m68k)
  • AmigaOS 4 (ppc)
  • Android (arm)
  • AROS (i386)
  • Linux (i386)*
  • Linux (ppc)*
  • Mac OS X (i386)*
  • Mac OS X (ppc)*
  • MorphOS (ppc)
  • WarpOS (m68k/ppc)
  • Windows (i386)

* Hollywood can save executables for Mac OS X and Linux but it is currently not available in a stand-alone version for these platforms. Thus, you currently have to use either the Windows or AmigaOS compatible version of Hollywood to save executables for Mac OS X and Linux.


07-Jul-2013: Hollywood 5.3 released
Hollywood 5.3, a major update with many new features and important bug fixes has been released today. See here for details.

01-Jan-2013: MUI Royale released - easy GUI creation now possible!
Finally it is possible to create MUI GUIs with Hollywood. MUI Royale is a plugin that allows you to combine the best of both worlds - MUI's proven GUI skills and Hollywood's unequalled multimedia capabilities - into one powerful application, limited by the scope of your creativity only. See here for details.

15-Nov-2012: Hollywood 5.2 released - Celebrating the 10th anniversary!
Ten years ago today, Hollywood 1.0 was shipped to the first customers. To celebrate the success story of Hollywood, version 5.2 has been released today. See here for details.

12-Jul-2012: Hollywood Player 5.1 for Android
Hollywood has finally landed successfully on Android devices! Click here for the full story.

17-Jun-2012: Hollywood Designer 4.0 available
After 18 months of development, Hollywood Designer 4.0 is finally available. This is a major update and contains many new features and improvements. Click here to learn more.

19-Feb-2012: Hollywood 5: Infinity out now
After two years of development, Hollywood 5: Infinity is finally available. This is a massive update and contains tons of new features and improvements. Click here for a detailed list of new features.

25-Sep-2011: Hollywood for iPad
Hollywood has recently been ported to the iPad (ARM architecture). A small demo video of Hollywood running on iPad has been uploaded to YouTube. Unfortunately, it will most likely not be possible to integrate iPad support into Hollywood's cross-compiler because of several technical and legal restrictions that iPad apps are subject to. But I am working on a solution.

24-Apr-2011: Hollywood 4.8 released - now with Linux support!
Hollywood can now also compile executables for Linux. To make Hollywood compiled executables as portable as possible across the different Linux distros, package dependencies were minimized: Executables only require X11 to run. Thus, you can run executables compiled by Hollywood on almost any Linux system without having to install any packages first. Click here to learn more.

23-Jan-2011: Hollywood Designer 3.0 available
After three years of development, Hollywood Designer 3.0 is finally available. This is a huge update and contains many new features and improvements. Click here to learn more.

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