Tom from Scirra here! I hope you don't mind me posting in this thread but someone showed it to me and there is some interesting discussion going on!
Firstly just to let people know, if HTML5 demos are running slowly you may need to enable hardware acceleration in your browser:http://www.ilovefreesoftware.com/09/windows/internet/browser/turn-on-hardware-acceleration-in-google-chrome.html
Other browsers also have similar switches. Once this is on, the games should run a lot better. The next version of Chrome due in a couple of weeks will be the first to ship with hardware acceleration enabled by default.
There is a gap between performance on browsers, but it is closing up and we are seeing rapid improvements.
In regards to sound, sound implementation is very buggy in all browsers. If you are playing an HTML5 game with sounds, you can either 'cheat' and have a Flash player hidden that manages the sounds, or you can go pure HTML5 and endure a slightly buggy implementation until browsers get their acts together! We think the best long term solution is to go with pure HTML5.
Another point raised was that Construct Classic is unstable. This is a fair criticism, and is why Construct 2 has been re-written from the ground up. All our lessons were learnt in Construct Classic, we now have a clean slate and Construct 2 is far far more stable. We prefer to start fresh than have to add on to our older interface which will no doubt cause more problems in the future.
We realise there is a huge demand for an EXE exporter. Construct 2 is a multi exporter program, eventually with one click you will be able to export to multiple formats. However, for now we stuck with HTML5 as:
- It's newsworthy
- Has a huge reach which is going to grow rapidly
Just to clear any confusion up, there is a free edition of Construct 2:http://www.scirra.com/construct2/releases/new
(this link always takes you to the latest release)
Also our early adopter licenses will be available for a while (at least a couple of months). At £19 we think this is a fair price, and we estimate this will be a 50% discount on the final price. The larger license price which keeps being quoted is not suitable for 99% of people!
It is only needed if you make over $5,000 revenue from games made in Construct 2 (or you are a registered business using our tools). Everyone can buy the standard license, and sell things they make in it! If you go over the $5,000 limit there will be an upgrade option soon.
There is lots going on in the Scirra camp, we have a new site design, we've also included free music, sprites, sound effects and ambient music will ALL versions (more in the licensed versions but still a good handful in the free edition!) See http://www.scirra.com/construct2/music
for more details on this.
We always welcome feedback good or bad on what we are doing! Our aim is to create a tool which people enjoy using, and helps them make cool and fun games
I'll subscribe to this thread and am happy to answer any questions anyone has!