For those of you who like having the latest version of Rawr, Kavan has been slowly implementing an off-line version of Rawr that does not use Silverlight. The format we are going to be using is Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) format. This format is
similar to how Rawr2 ran in that it is designed for Windows Operating Systems (sorry Macs). This is a concurrent project meaning people who like the Web version (or run on Macs) can continue running the Silverlight version and still have the latest updates
when we post them. On the other hand people who like having their Rawr as an off-line program can use the WPF release.
Two advantages to the WPF format are:
a) Less stress on Rawr's server - Currently when people request Character Importing from the Armory, they have to first request the Rawr server who in turn requests the information. There are currently security features in Silverlight that obstruct us from
making Silverlight make these requests. Since the WPF format is offline and does not actually use Silverlight as it's basis, users can make the armory request directly with the Armory instead of through a middle-man, resulting in less stress for us and faster
armory loads for the users.
b) Faster calculations - As people who have been using the "Use Offline" feature of the Silverlight format can attest, running Rawr in Offline mode does produce faster calculations then when run in a web browser. By having the WPF format as an
offline only option we can be sure to have faster optimizations, calculations, etc than running Silverlight Rawr on the web browser.
For those who wish to test the WPF format using the latest Source Code, you will need to install one more Toolkit. If you would go to http://wpf.codeplex.com/releases/view/40535 and install the msi or source code you should be able to run with no problems.