7 Replies Latest reply on Jan 22, 2007 7:24 PM by Newsgroup_User

    EXE files no longer link

    gtrufitt
      Hi,

      Were are creating a director file and have used buttons with the "jump to movie behaviour" in order to link between several different movies and, although though it works with the .dir files, when we publish the movie to .exe files, the links no longer work. does anyone know how we can rectify this please?
        • 1. Re: EXE files no longer link
          Level 7
          The Jump to Movie behavior will only jump to a Director movie, not a
          published exe file (as you have seen). The 1st movie would be the exe,
          and the rest should be with published as Shockwave files (dcr) or saved
          as a protected movie (dxr).

          If you need the ability to jump back to the original, then you need to
          provide a dcr or dxr version of that one as well.

          You can save a movie as a dcr in the standard publish settings. You can
          protect the dxr by going to Xtras, Update Movies (and choose the Protect
          option). Make sure to read the docs about protecting movies and backup
          your files before attempting it for the 1st time.
          • 2. Re: EXE files no longer link
            Level 7
            Hi,

            Mike has answered the question but just to expand somewhat.

            As Mike said, make your EXE from the start movie and then all the remaining ones
            can be either DIR, DXR or DCR. You'd typically go with DXR (protected) for an
            executable. You can go with DCR (Shockwave) if you want to compress your content.

            Generally, you'd create a stub projector. Here's a tutorial on this:
            http://www.fbe.unsw.edu.au/learning/director/publishing/projector.asp

            If you wanted to have a single EXE with all your movies, you can do that but it is
            not recommended as from a speed and memory management point of view, it's not very
            good.

            Just one correction of Mike's message. - Once you create a EXE, it embeds that
            movie into the projector. You can rename the EXE to whatever you like but the
            original movie is still locked in there with its original name. So, you can link to
            that original movie inside the EXE without the need to have the DIR/DXR/DCR
            version.

            For example say you have:
            opening.dir
            movie1.dir
            movie2.dir
            and say they link to each other.

            You could create the following for your final delivery and put them in a new
            location:
            start.exe
            movie1.dxr
            movie2.dxr
            start.exe is made from opening and the other 2 movies have been protected.

            If you have a behavior inside 'opening' that links to 'movie1', the start.exe will
            jump to that movie through the projector. So, you may not even notice there was a
            change. Same thing would happen if you now jumped to 'movie2'. If you now jump back
            to 'opening', it will still work even though you don't have that file. It's because
            it can be found inside the EXE.

            regards
            Dean

            Director Lecturer / Consultant
            http://www.fbe.unsw.edu.au/learning/director
            http://www.multimediacreative.com.au


            • 3. Re: EXE files no longer link
              Level 7
              I never knew that. Cool! I keep learning new stuff from you Dean.
              Maybe I should adopt Mark's .sig:

              Keep-On-Learnin' :)
              • 4. Re: EXE files no longer link
                Level 7
                Mike Blaustein wrote:

                > Maybe I should adopt Mark's .sig:
                >
                > Keep-On-Learnin' :)

                Well, I keep on learnin too. Lots I don't know. But don't tell anyone;)

                regards
                Dean

                Director Lecturer / Consultant
                http://www.fbe.unsw.edu.au/learning/director
                http://www.multimediacreative.com.au



                • 5. Re: EXE files no longer link
                  Level 7
                  Mike Blaustein <mblaustein@gmail.com> posted in macromedia.director.basics:

                  > I never knew that. Cool! I keep learning new stuff from you Dean.
                  > Maybe I should adopt Mark's .sig:
                  >
                  > Keep-On-Learnin' :)

                  And that's why I try to Keep-On-Lurkin' here, even though I'm not
                  contributing as much as I used to.


                  --
                  Mark A. Boyd
                  Keep-On-Learnin' :)
                  • 6. Re: EXE files no longer link
                    gtrufitt Level 1
                    Thank you very much for your help! Handed in the project today so I'll have to wait and see what the mark I get! I appreciate the help,

                    Regards

                    Gareth
                    • 7. Re: EXE files no longer link
                      Level 7
                      gtrufitt wrote:

                      > Thank you very much for your help! Handed in the project today so I'll have to wait and see what the mark I get! I appreciate the help,
                      >
                      > Regards
                      >
                      > Gareth

                      Hi Gareth,

                      Keep us posted on how you go with the project. Hope you do well.

                      regards
                      Dean

                      Director Lecturer / Consultant
                      http://www.fbe.unsw.edu.au/learning/director
                      http://www.multimediacreative.com.au