10 Replies Latest reply on Oct 2, 2008 4:11 PM by fazstp

    Cross-platform projector for Mac

    smallrabbit
      Hi everybody,
      I created a Director 11 application on Vista which should run on CD-ROM for Mac and Windows. I generated the Mac projector on Windows and added the Mac Xtras, which I found in the folder "Configuration/Cross Platform Resources/Macintosh/Xtrax". The xtra files have the extension ".cpio".

      When I start the projector on a Mac, the application icon appears in the program icon bar on the bottom of the screen. But only for 2 seconds. Then it disappears again and that's all that happens. No application, error message.
      I am using the same set of Mac Xtras as for Windows. Maybe I need to mention, that the Windows projector works perfectly.

      Is this a bug of Director 11? Or is there anything that I forgot to do?

      I hope, someone can help. Many thanks in advance!
        • 1. Re: Cross-platform projector for Mac
          Level 7
          I think you should try packaging the xtras into the projector. That is,
          set the player type to Standard and don't check the "exclude all xtras"
          checkbox".
          • 2. Re: Cross-platform projector for Mac
            smallrabbit Level 1
            I used exactly these settings alrady. Nevertheless, I tried it again but it still doesn't work.
            I tried it also with a very simple Director movie, just a shape animation and nothing else. But even a projector for this simple movie doesn't work.
            I am desperate! Is this a bug of Director 11? Has anyone else had this problem? Has anyone ever managed to create a cross-platform projector for Mac on Director 11?
            • 3. Re: Cross-platform projector for Mac
              rafa@mediatech Level 1
              Hi smallrabbit:
              Maybe you already did this...did you added the necessary information into the "xtrainfo.txt"? I know that for doing cross plat projects from my PC, I've had to add some line of text to make the xtras work properly.
              The file is located at:
              C:\Program Files\Macromedia\Director MX 2004\Configuration

              I apologize if this has nothing to do with you issue, I know I had to do this to my projects.

              Rafael.
              • 4. Re: Cross-platform projector for Mac
                JIJai
                I'm having the very same problem. The .app projector published from PC does not run on Mac. I'm using the Buddy API for Director 11.
                • 5. Re: Cross-platform projector for Mac
                  smallrabbit Level 1
                  Hi,
                  I am getting closer to a solution, hopefully...
                  First of all I must admitt that I didn't pay attention to the fact that Dir 11 projectors only run on OSX 10.4 and higher. Therefore I had to change the computer. Now on OS X 10.5 my Mac projector actually starts!

                  However, immediately afterwards it throws several error messages, telling me which Xtras are missing. But the missing Xtras are actually in the Xtras folder of the project... I suspect that something is wrong with those Xtras or the way I am using them.

                  This is what I've done:
                  - created a crossplatform projector on Windows (Vista) with Director 11
                  - copied the Mac Xtras from "Configuration/Cross Platform Resources/Macintosh/Xtras" of the Director installation
                  - pasted those Xtras in the Xtras folder of the project

                  I am not familiar with this ".cpio" extension. I tried unpacking them and leaving the resulting "contents" folder in the Xtras folder - with no success.

                  I know there is still the possibility to include the Xtras in the proctor. I tried this too and it even works BUT my project uses the Valentina Xtra and there is a rather complicated procedure to make a Mac projector run with Valentina Xtra. According to this procedure Xtras must not be included in projectors...

                  I hope there still will be a way to have the Xtras in a Xtras folder for Mac too.

                  Many thanks in advance for your help.
                  • 6. Re: Cross-platform projector for Mac
                    Level 7
                    > I hope there still will be a way to have the Xtras in a Xtras folder for Mac
                    > too.

                    There is, but you probably have to assemble it all on a Mac.
                    • 7. Re: Cross-platform projector for Mac
                      SteveKostrey
                      I get the same problem. I bought the Mac version (I know, I know...) and of course it works... but man I wish it would work by creating it on the PC like Adobe promises! Besides the built in xtras all I use is buddyAPI. So could it be this?
                      • 8. Re: Cross-platform projector for Mac
                        Level 7
                        > I get the same problem. I bought the Mac version (I know, I know...) and of
                        > course it works... but man I wish it would work by creating it on the PC like
                        > Adobe promises! Besides the built in xtras all I use is buddyAPI. So could it
                        > be this?

                        Not sure what you mean Steve.

                        In order to publish for Mac from a PC you need the appropriate Mac
                        version of 3rd party xtras - like Buddy API - in the appropriate folder
                        (Cross Platform Resources) *AND* you need to edit your xtrainfo.txt file
                        so that the authoring environment on the PC knows which (Mac equivalent)
                        xtra to bundle into the Mac application
                        • 9. Re: Cross-platform projector for Mac
                          SteveKostrey Level 1
                          Sean,

                          I hear what you are saying. :-) Yes, the Mac equivalents are in there and everything is set up right - Sometimes it will work... and then one day it won't. Seems to be a bit funky. So just to be clear.. On Monday it will work and then I'll think everything is fine... then on Friday, after some coding and some modifications (very basic stuff) it doesn't work. Then I'll go back to Monday's file and it still won't work - then I'll do nothing to the file and next Tuesday it will work. So.... Not sure what to say. We are running a business here so I just bought the Mac version and 'took one for the team'.

                          Cheers!
                          • 10. Re: Cross-platform projector for Mac
                            fazstp Level 2
                            I've always gone the other way. I develop on Mac and publish the Win version without any problems.