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How do I convert an Encore project to an iTunes app?

Jul 30, 2013 8:02 AM

Tags: #flash_builder #encore #build #export_to_flash

I've got a rather complex video project with lots of submenus (that works as a DVD - so it is "debugged") that I need to be able to export from Encore into an app to upload on the iTunes store and Android Market. So far, I've managed to export the project via Encore's Flash output and test the results using a web browser (it works).

 

Everything got saved in a new folder structure with an index.html file pointing to a flashdvd.swf file pointing to a AuthoredContent.xml file that actually holds all the information on the file structure (there are 99 files totalling over 200 megabytes at the lowest resolution in the Sources subfolder) and uses a Theme.xml file to generate a background.

 

So I need to somehow convert this "stuff" into something that can be uploaded to the appropriate store. I stumbled upon Jeanette Stalions tutorials on using Flash Builder for this purpose, but can't even figure out how to open the Encore Flash output in Flash Builder so I can get started.

 

AM I MISSING SOMETHING?  HELP!

 
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    Jul 30, 2013 8:15 AM   in reply to filmographie

    >can't even figure out how to open the Encore Flash output in Flash Builder

     

    What you are missing is the correct forum... you need to post in a Flash Builder forum if you have Flash questions

     
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    Jul 30, 2013 10:24 AM   in reply to filmographie

    Try again with the flash forum. I was trying to find a link to the one I think fits best when my web pages decided to hang up. Post this link there so they can see what we said:

     

    http://forums.adobe.com/message/5551258#5551258

     

    Adobe Flash Pro Forum:

     

    Ah, well. I sure don't know which of the many forums to pick! Look them over.

     

    http://forums.adobe.com/community/flash

     

    If you post again to the flash forum, post a link back here so we can see what they said.

     

    So my response autosaved from before started like this...

     

    I'd like to convert my Computer into a Space Ship! Maybe we can help each other out...

     

    What you are missing is that there is no conversion from Encore to an app; and probably no conversion from an Encore style flash player web page to an app.

     

    The Encore to Flash output is not an output to use in any flash program; it is to be used in a web browser using the flash player as an element. It only has a tiny bit of actual flash that might be used within the flash program - the flash player that is imbedded in it.

     

    The flash format compressed (flv/f4b) video files can be used in other apps, but it would be easier to export your files in a format that itunes uses; it doesn't do flash, does it?

     

    It is possible that a person who knows flash could look at the pngs (the files in one of those folders you have that are images of the menu pages) and sort out how to put them/find them in a swf player code, but I suspect that you've got a long way to go.

     

    Is there an adobe program that will make an itunes app? That is where I would start.

     

    That may be the adobe digital publishing app:

     

    http://help.adobe.com/en_US/ppcompdoc/Step_by_step_guide_to_dps_se.pdf

     
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    Jul 30, 2013 6:01 PM   in reply to filmographie

    I don't know why this should be such a magical process - if I can see the project as a web site, then it already has all the real functionality embedded and everything else should be just a wrapper.

    It has functionality within this context. That does not mean it translates to anything else. There is not process that I know of for translating the xml and javascript etc as you wish.

     
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    Aug 1, 2013 12:04 PM   in reply to filmographie

    The AuthoredContent.xml file is actually used (in conjunction with a Theme.xml file) to create the compiled flashdvd.swf file that the html file plays.

    I think the swf, "built" during the Encore to Flash build, accesses the info in those files on the web to get the specifics to play. To test that, just rename them and open index.html.

     

    But yes, you are onto something!

     

    What would also help you is a swf decompiler - something that creates the .fla file (flash project file) out of the .swf. I never could find a good free one.

     
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    Aug 5, 2013 6:21 AM   in reply to filmographie

    Excellent! Let us know how it goes.

     
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    Oct 20, 2013 11:14 AM   in reply to filmographie

    Thanks for reporting. Yes, there is no longer an Encore team. I believe Adobe's real problem here was probably losing licensing to the authorcore for Encore. You are correct, that they could easily have argued for enhancing the options for converting/exporting from Encore to various web/mobile players. But the DVD specs make the original authoring platform a poor choice for develpment for web/mobile playback. So even if Encore were continuing, I don't know if they would have picked that route.

     
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