Transcript - HyperTalk book?
rfarnold at bu.edu
Mon Jun 17 13:18:01 CDT 2002
As another RR "newbie" and a McLaren and surrealism fan, I'll try to address
some of the issues you raise.
I may have a more extensive bg in HC than you have, but I find HyperTalk and
my Hypercard scripting manual very useful; I think RR has only added
elements to HC. I haven't found any Hypertalk which RR hasn't accepted. The
RR documentation I use constantly is the Transcript dictionary -- I just
wish the examples could be copied and pasted.
But the RR manuals are now available, I think for $79 (until the end of
June, then $99) plus shipping (about $25 to the US).
And RR can distribute a Mac app on Windows and Unix with the downloadable
cross-platform engines. This is why I made the switch from dying Hypercard.
I wasn't able to find Hypercard tutorials online either.
I agree that Hypercard is easier to jump into than RR -- but given the
compatibility (except for Hypercard's lame color features), try making a
hypercard app, and then importing it to RR. That's what I am doing. It's
going pretty well, but there are a few little things I can't figure out,
like how to enter text directly into a field rather than through the field's
properties dialog ... But some things are much easier in RR than HC (the
search and replace capability is wonderful).
on 6/17/02 1:49 PM, Rik Panero wrote:
> I've stumbled onto Revolution and am trying to make sense of it. I do not
> have a Hypercard background but from what I can tell, Transcript syntax
> seems to be closer to HyperTalk than anything else. Would a HyperTalk
> book be the way to go? Several are available on my local library's shelf
> (though from the late 80s). Are there any online HyperTalk tutorials (a
> Google search hasn't been very helpful) and what pitfalls should I be aware
> of regarding HyperTalk vs. Transcript? I found a Hypertalk vs. Pascal page
> which was interesting due to my Borland Delphi background, but tinkering
> with the syntax of Revolution scripts (even after doing the tutorials) has
> proven to be quite frustrating and the help docs seem to be written for
> those "in the know" (and I'm fairly good at deciphering UNIX man pages so I
> really suspect there's some disconnect going on here that I need to discover).
> Also, is rendering Mac apps on anything other than the Mac platform
> impossible, or is it a feature that will be introduced eventually?
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