running the Player
revdan at danshafer.com
Sat Aug 13 22:31:09 CDT 2005
Yeah, as I've said here before, the Player just isn't well documented
It *appears* to me that it is RunRev's intent that the Player should
*never* be launched directly, but only indirectly by double-clicking
on a stack. The problem, of course, is that you can't prevent users
from launching it.
I think it should either:
(1) Display message that says, in essence, "This is a Player. You got
to give it something to play with. Pick a stack file, double-click it
and then see how great it is"
(2) Present with a file selection dialog (filtered for stacks if
But that's just me.
On Aug 13, 2005, at 7:46 PM, Charles Hartman wrote:
> On Aug 13, 2005, at 9:03 PM, Richard Gaskin wrote:
>> Charles Hartman wrote:
>>> When I launch the (OSX) Dreamcard Player by double-clicking the
>>> app (not a stack), I'm getting *nothing* -- just a splash /
>>> starup screen with "Preparing..." and "Checking license..." and
>>> a big right-facing arrow. The arrow isn't clickable; nothing is;
>>> and the menu offers nothing useful except Quit.
>>> Clearly *not* what I want to instruct my Dreamcard-stack users to
>>> do. But if the app is there (if they've downloaded both my stack
>>> and the Player), some will do it anyway.
>> Agreed, it doesn't provide much guidance.
> As far as I can see (??), less than that: it doesn't look as though
> it permits any action but quitting. (Not a useful application
> model . . .) I'm sure I'm missing something. But -- appearances
> sometimes to the contrary, I'm not a really naive computer user --
> and if I can't find it, I *know* many of the people using my stack
> won't be able to either.
>> What do you feel would make for a better user experience?
>> For example, should it present a file selection dialog, or have
>> some sort of Home stack, or....?
> The former seems like the best idea; users are accustomed to those
> dialogs in all kinds of apps. The latter could be good. But there
> would have to be a really direct way for me, as developer, to make
> my stack available either as or from that "home stack".
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