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Is it that slow when you run the program from your hard drive or only
from CD? If it is only when running from CD, then the problem is likely
that you have a slow CD Drive and there is nothing you can do to speed
that up apart from getting a new one. If it runs slowly off the hard
drive as well, then there is something else going on in your program...
This won't help speed it up, but it will make it seem to be faster...
you can make a splash screen easily. Make a bitmap file in the same
folder as your stub projector and give it the same name.
If you have a file called "stub.exe", then make your splash screen named
"stub.bmp". <On a Mac, I think it should be a PICT file, named "stub.pct">
That bmp image will load very quickly and make it look like the prgram
is opening faster because at least the user gets a little feedback
saying something is happening.
Running from the hard drive is very responsive -- around 10 seconds wait. Testing on three new CD/DVD drives (Windows XP) clock at about 55 seconds. Windows XP on a ThinkPad clocked at 40 sec. An older Dell clocked the best at 30 sec running Windows 2000.
I'm not following how you would make the bitmap display. Autorun it? What would it open in? Would it still be open after you exited the main program?
If you include a bmp file with the same name as your projector (CLICKME.bmp
in your case) Director will display the image nearly immediately. I've used
this techniques before. It does not make the projector load any quicker.
What I've always done is used a screen capture of my application, overlaying
a 'Loading, please wait message'. If nothing else, the user gets some
indication that the program is working.
"creativehulk" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> Running from the hard drive is very responsive -- around 10 seconds wait.
> Testing on three new CD/DVD drives (Windows XP) clock at about 55 seconds.
> Windows XP on a ThinkPad clocked at 40 sec. An older Dell clocked the best
> 30 sec running Windows 2000.
> I'm not following how you would make the bitmap display. Autorun it? What
> would it open in? Would it still be open after you exited the main
Try it. You'll see what I mean.
It just opens the image as a splash screen. You know how when you open
Director itself, before the interface shows up, there is a splash screen
saying the name of the program and the logo? That. But you can make the
image look however you want it to look. The splash screen disappears as
soon as your actual program loads.
...and no, it does not stay open. The image goes away when the projector
Wow, it does work! How the heck you would know to do that is beyond me. I never even saw a Director start up screen before. The worst case scenario it takes 15-20 sec to load the BMP from the CD, then 30 sec to start the stub projector.
In a separate test I found that removing the autorun saves 15-20 sec to the reading process. I wonder if the newer Windows operating systems are causing more of a delay since it opens faster on Window 2000?