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Sapphire - Installation

What do you need to install Sapphire 3?

Use this guide to plan your Sapphire installation...


All users must have 
Either a commercial (Professional or above) or free (Community edition or VS Integrated Shell) copy of Visual Studio 2010, 2012 or 2013. Express editions are not supported.

Ruby interpreter. Either version 1.9.3-p545 or 2.0.0-p481 from (Note: These must be the 32-bit versions; the 64-bit versions are not supported by Sapphire.

  • Ruby 1.9.3-p545 is required if you plan to do visual development (Ruby 2 is not supported by the visual designer) - see below).

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For Visual (’drag-and-drop’ design) Ruby Development

If you plan to use the Visual Ruby (Ruby Forms) designer to create user interfaces for your Ruby applications, you will need to install these additional prerequisites.
- Adobe Flex SDK (v 4.6) - required for the visual designer. 
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Note: After installing the Flex SDK, you need to install the Flash Player library, playerglobal.swc. The usual place to install this is under the Flex SDK directory in ’frameworks/libs/player/14.0’ (for example, C:\Flex SDKs\flex_sdk_4.6.0.23201B\frameworks\libs\player\14.0)

Adobe Flash Player 14 ActiveX control content debugger for Internet Explorer
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Java 7 Runtime 32-bit (64-bit is not supported) 
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Download Sapphire

Once you have all the prerequisites installed, you are ready to install Sapphire. 
Download Sapphire.


To install Sapphire, you must have (and use) Administrator privilege 
It is better to install the Flex SDK before Sapphire, since Sapphire will then detect the SDK when it is installed. 
Ideally, Visual Studio should be installed on the C: drive. Sapphire will install its project templates on the C: drive. If Visual Studio is on any other drive, these templates will have to be manually copied over otherwise Visual Studio will not be able to find them. 
Sapphire works with the free Integrated Visual Studio Shell. Initially, the Shell has no language support and Sapphire (for Ruby) will be the only available language.

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