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New to AW7, need some startup advice please!

Nov 5, 2010 11:04 AM

  Latest reply: Michael V Baker, Nov 18, 2010 5:30 PM
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    Nov 7, 2010 9:20 AM   in reply to cubsfan2010

    Ah - now what happens if you set your monitor to a big-boy resolution above 1280x1024? In (amost) 15 years of Authorware development I have never developed an AW app that is the same size as my development monitor resolution.

     

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    Nov 12, 2010 10:42 AM   in reply to cubsfan2010

    As you say - if your data needs are so limited, an Access database will do just fine.

     

    I've always been cynical of LMSs for most of us. The typical usage is tracking who accessed what and when, and if the completed lessons and assessments. If you are a large corporation tracking compliance etc than maybe an LMS makes sense, but from your description, I'd say go ahead and use an Access database.

     

    If you really really want to use an LMS, I reiterate Moodle. But beware that it will require some configuration and effort that you may prefer to devote to other tasks.

     

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    Nov 14, 2010 11:25 AM   in reply to cubsfan2010

    I think for true SCORM or AICC compliance you must use a SCORM or AICC compliant LMS too.

     

    If you simply want to track data as has been discussed, using ACCESS, that would not really be SCORM compliant.

     

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    Nov 15, 2010 3:57 AM   in reply to cubsfan2010

    Xtras,

     

    Yes and no... meaning none of them are up to date. Do a search simply for "Authorware Xtras" and you can get some results, but you may find little help or support on anything you find.

     

    QD3D Xtra was old and relatively useless in 2000, so I wouldn't hold your breath for it now ... But I think it should be on your Authorware CD.

     

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    Nov 17, 2010 1:55 PM   in reply to cubsfan2010

    There's multiple ways to solve that. None of them are quick and easy. All require extensive knowledge of Authorware. If you dig around the Aware List archives you should be able to find some excellent history.

     

    http://listserv.cc.kuleuven.ac.be/archives/aware.html

     

    First, you could build one version of the course, then make a copy, and switch out the text in the second version.

    Sounds easy, but this quickly becomes a maintenance nightmare - any time you have to maintain multiple files, you create extra headaches for yourself.

     

    Second, there are multiple ways to build something more dynamic - something that uses external text perhaps in rich text or XML format. Here, you would build your course with some logic to read the external content at runtime, and populate your text objects with the appropriate language. There is no quick and easy way to tell you how to do this. You will need to understand external files, XML, the use of custom code, variables etc in Authorware.

     

    There is a third possible approach, where you have all your text content in libraries, and create a library for each language. At runtime, you can control which library Authorware loads by allowing the user to select a language, then use JumpFile to select your course and language library.

     

    I am sure you will find many other solutions discussed in the Aware archives.

     

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    Nov 17, 2010 8:51 PM   in reply to Steve Howard, ACP

    A few years ago, I spent a few hours trying to convert an application to Chinese. I didn't have any luck. Installed the Chinese font and followed whatever posts I could find on it, and just couldn't get the characters to appear on-screen.

     

    Latin languages, like French and Spanish, are FAR less complex. I just keep my text in external .ini files (yes, I know, way old-school these days ;-) and reference those files/values based on the language the user selects at the beginning of the program.

     

    The biggest issue I've found with this approach is layout - if the text area for English is tight, you can almost be assured that text in French or Spanish is going to overflow that space in many cases....so you have to leave some padding/margins and maybe workout some dynamic display icon placement.

     

    HTH
    Erik

     
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    Nov 18, 2010 2:37 PM   in reply to cubsfan2010

    There's an additional thing to remember in dealing with languages. Some of them require a 'double-byte' OS. I'm thinking way back five years or more so I'm not sure how it's been affected by newer OS versions. IIRC there were specific OS versions that were requred to support some languages. If you need to use one of those then I think your only option will be to obtain a machine and OS capable of supporting that font and obtain a copy of Authorware that supports that OS to do the development for that langauge on that machine. This could be why Erik's attempt at Chinese didn't go well.

    I've never tried using Authorware's RTF objects with different languages. I'm not sure if it's capable. Here's a link to something I found in the AWARE archives... http://www.jsconsulting.ca/products

     

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    Mike

     
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    Nov 18, 2010 2:45 PM   in reply to Michael V Baker

    Good point about double-byte fonts windows vista and windows 7 have expanded language support that removes the need for language specific versions of the os.

     

    You can display external rtf objects with code and/or by variable expression. Dazzletech did this for at least one project I saw.

     

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    Nov 18, 2010 3:50 PM   in reply to cubsfan2010

    You're right that the font needs to be installed for it to work. There is a KO for installing and removing fonts during the execution of your program. Test early, test often. We really have no idea if these will work with current OS's. Since Authorware's EOD at Adobe there isn't a full time QA staff testing out all these things. It's up to us.

     

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    Nov 18, 2010 4:46 PM   in reply to Erik Lord

    Oh yeah - Authorware does not support double-byte fonts natively. There used to be a third-party u32 that did. It was like RTFObjects.u32 only better. Can’t remember the name offhand ... Can't remember if rtfObjects.u32 supports double-byte fonts or not - gonna guess not.

     

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    Nov 18, 2010 4:51 PM   in reply to cubsfan2010

    By the way, one workaround for font support is to use images instead of text. Not ideal, especially if your course is large, but it can be an option.

     

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    Nov 18, 2010 5:30 PM   in reply to Steve Howard, ACP

    I believe this is it. Found it in the AWARE archives searching "unicode". http://www.jsconsulting.ca/products

     

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