Several Windows Questions...
klaus at major-k.de
Thu Nov 6 10:33:24 EST 2003
> Hi there;
> New to Rev and trying to get the hang of things, especially related to
> cross-platform issues.
Welcome to the club :-)
> I'm developing on Mac OS X 10.2 and then building my standalones for
> Mac OS X, Windows and
> Mac OS PPC. My stacks are very simple, as I am not skilled at this
> stuff by any means.
> Using it to build a vocabulary drill program.
> Here's the first issue:
> I have a stack that has a card for each of the vocabulary words used.
> When each card is displayed,
> there is an image that hides the answer to the vocabulary word
> displayed. The user guesses the
> answer and then clicks a button to reveal the answer and play an audio
> file of the word being spoken.
> The button script in use is:
> on mouseUp
> play "VocabData/VocabAudio/L1Vocab36.aif"
> hide image "AnswerBlock" with dissolve
> end mouseUp
> Simple, no? The trouble is, the dissolve (and others elsewhere in the
> stack) works great on the Mac during
> development and on the Mac standalones, but I'm having some troubles
> when testing under Windows.
> Using Virtual PC with Windows XP and Windows 98, the dissolve works
> normally (though slowly under
> emulation) yet on the PC laptop I have here, the dissolves don't
> appear at all- there's just a delay during
> which the dissolve would normally occur then the "AnswerBlock" image
> is hidden without a visual effect.
> This is under Windows ME on an older Pentium 200MHz. Is this lack of
> dissolves due to Windows ME?
> Due to the slow processor on the laptop? Inquiring minds are looking
> for an answer.
This could be a QuickTime related issue...
If you do not specify otherwise, RR will use QT for transitions.
But, especially on older and slower PCs, it takes a little (or more ;-)
time to LOAD QT.
And QT is very memory/processor consuming!
You can "switch off" the usage of QT, then the RR built-in effects are
In your case the built-in dissolve is a little bit cheesy ;-) but it
Put this in the stack script and check it again:
set the dontuseqteffects to true
### do your stuff...
This way RR will not use QT for the transitions...
Hope that helps...
There is a trick concerning this phenomenon on:
-> Developer Resources -> Revolution
Scroll down to "QuickTime"
> Next Issue:
> When running my standalone under Windows (all three flavors mentioned
> above), there is no
> tab in the Taskbar for my running application. Does this have anything
> to do with setting the decorations to empty?
I am not sure, but i think so...
This is also the case when a stack is a "palette"...
> Next issue:
> I have several sub-stacks in my standalone. Under Windows, each of the
> substacks appears as a separate
> task under the Task Manager, as if multiple programs are running. Is
> this normal behavior?
> Is there a way to make substacks not appear separately?
Sorry, no idea.
> Thanks for any help you can provide.
You're welcome :-)
klaus at major-k.de
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