5 Replies Latest reply on Oct 20, 2008 4:22 PM by Newsgroup_User

    Any Advice Please Publish Issue

    sarah louise water
      Hi
      Can anyone please offer advice regarding publishing.

      I have seperate dir files that access external casts. I understand that the external casts must be included in the published version but I am a little confused about the rest of the movies.
      Should I publish them seperately then protect them, or should I publish them together.

      Many Thanks
      S Waterfield
        • 1. Re: Any Advice Please Publish Issue
          Level 7
          sarah louise water wrote:

          > I have seperate dir files that access external casts. I understand that the
          > external casts must be included in the published version but I am a little
          > confused ...

          Hi Sarah,

          Are you publishing to Shockwave for the web or to be made in an EXE?

          regards
          Dean

          Director Lecturer / Consultant / Director Enthusiast
          http://www.deansdirectortutorials.com/
          http://www.multimediacreative.com.au
          email: d.utian@unsw.edu.au




          • 2. Re: Any Advice Please Publish Issue
            sarah louise water Level 1
            Hi

            An exe file - thanks.

            S Waterfield
            • 3. Re: Any Advice Please Publish Issue
              Level 7
              Hi Sarah,

              If you have multiple DIRs and CST forming part of a single presentation,
              then when you're ready to create the deliverable version, it would be a
              good idea to protect the files. That way, the end user won't be able to
              open your files in Director and see the source code. You can protect
              movies and external cast through the Xtras > Update Movies menu. Make
              sure you have made a backup copy of the files before updating. The
              update does allow you to make a backup but I would suggest you do it
              yourself outside of Director. Protecting converts DIRs into DXRs and
              CSTs into CXTs. These files become locked and will not be able to be
              edited / viewed in Director.

              Now, creating a projector - the typical approach is to create a stub
              projector. This is made of a file that has virtually no content but just
              links to your first movie. So, it becomes your start-up file. I have a
              tutorial on creating a stub projector at:
              http://www.deansdirectortutorials.com/publishing/projector.htm

              You can create a projector that embeds every DIR and CST into the one
              file. But that would typically mean you'd have a large executable that
              would not play as well as if you had separate movies linked.

              Hope that has answered your question.

              regards
              Dean

              Director Lecturer / Consultant / Director Enthusiast
              http://www.deansdirectortutorials.com/
              http://www.multimediacreative.com.au
              email: d.utian@unsw.edu.au

              • 4. Re: Any Advice Please Publish Issue
                sarah louise water Level 1
                Hi

                Thankyou for your advice.

                I am still unsure as how to set this up. Do I first create projector files for each movie or just the SP. Also do I protect before or after publishing.

                Many Thanks
                S Waterfield
                • 5. Re: Any Advice Please Publish Issue
                  Level 7
                  sarah louise water wrote:

                  > I am still unsure as how to set this up. Do I first create projector files for
                  > each movie or just the SP. Also do I protect before or after publishing.

                  Hi Sarah,

                  You don't need a projector for every movie. A projector can link to a Director
                  movie (can be DIR, DCR or DXR) and the end user would not even notice you've jumped
                  from one file to another. So, just have a single projector and make sure all your
                  movies are linked properly.

                  Publishing is the process of creating a Projector or converting DIRs to Shockwave.
                  First, ceate a stub projector. Once you've done that, you can test it outside of
                  Director with your DIRs and see how it plays. If you have a working stub projector,
                  you won't need to create it again after you make changes to other parts of the
                  application (other DIRs) as the projector will link to the updated file as long as
                  it has the same file name as before.

                  Once all your files are up to date, now is the time to protect. You should backup
                  all your DIRs and CSTs and then protect. The projector created before will open the
                  protected movies exactly as it did the DIR. So, no ned to recreate the projector,
                  just give it a test with the protected files.

                  Does that make more sense?

                  regards
                  Dean

                  Director Lecturer / Consultant / Director Enthusiast
                  http://www.deansdirectortutorials.com/
                  http://www.multimediacreative.com.au
                  email: d.utian@unsw.edu.au