1 Reply Latest reply on Jul 29, 2006 4:50 AM by Newsgroup_User

    making tutorial/ presentation autoplay cd

    crescent_au
      Hi all,

      I need some advice here. I am planning to create a simple tutorial /
      presentation in an autoplay cd. I know how to create autoplay cd using
      .inf file. My question is whether Director or Flash is good for
      creating the tutorial / presentation program.

      As far as I understand Director is generally used for creating cd-based
      programs while Flash is used for web-based contents. My tutorial
      program is going to be a very simple program. It will only have simple
      text animations and may or may not have audio/video. I know it can be
      done using Flash without much difficulty but just wondering if Flash
      contents are good for creating cd-based programs.

      The few things I need to consider are:
      * I need to disable right-click menu
      * performance
      * may need audio/ video (director vs flash- which is better?)
      * prevent .exe file from being copied or making it playable only from
      CD and not if copied to hard-drive- maybe check to see if it's run from
      cd. Do I really need to take this feature into consideration? How are
      other programs made in cd?
      * full screen view

      I am also thinking of making the tutorial in Flash and then embed the
      Flash movie into Director and create .exe file for cd. How feasible is
      this approach?

      So depending on all the above points, I'd like to know if Director or
      Flash is good for my purpose or is it better to use some other
      software?

      I am more proficient in Flash than in Director.

      Hope someone can point me to right direction. If you know of any online
      URLs that can help me, please post them too.

      Thanks
      Ben
        • 1. Re: making tutorial/ presentation autoplay cd
          Level 7
          Everything in your list sounds very doable in Director.

          --There is no right click menu by default in Director projectors
          --performance is generally very good
          --Director supports practically any audio or video format you need, and
          depending on how you import them and which xtras you use, many can be
          played back without needing special software on the client machine. I
          don't use Flash much, so someone may argue this point, but I think
          Director has infinitely superior media support over Flash.
          -The BuddyAPI xtra (amongst others) will let your projector know if it
          is played off CD or hard drive and not play if on a hard drive.

          --fullscreen. Ah, now here's the rub. Flash uses mostly vector graphics
          which scale very well. Director uses mostly bitmap (raster) graphics
          which do not. So in Flash you can scale stuff up to the size of the
          fullscreen monitor easily, but in Director it isn't easy and isn't
          always as nice looking. There is a fullscreen option which basically
          just covers up the desktop. If your movie is published at 800x600 and
          the person's screen is set to 1024x768, then your fullscreen movie will
          play at 800x600 with a border around it filling out the screen. There
          are xtras to change the movie's resolution on the fly (BudAPI can do it
          amongst others), but there are always caviats like compatibility with
          old hardware and such.

          Given that you know Flash better than Director and you need to scale the
          graphics fullscreen, The best way sounds to me like to do the animation
          in Flash and import that into Director. Use Director as a wrapper to do
          the security stuff (and add in any audio/video media that you need to).

          If all the graphics you use are vector (and all text is done in Flash),
          then you can scale the display area to fullscreen cleanly.

          To find out if you are playing off a CD, use this code (this is PC only.
          If you need cross platform, then edit it to add support for Mac
          drives...). It uses 2 commands from BuddyAPI (www.mods.com.au/budapi).
          That xtra is free is long as you use less than 3 commands in a
          projector. Since this uses 2, it can be used for free.

          on startMovie me
          thisDrive=(the moviePath).char[1]
          thisDriveType=baDiskInfo(thisDrive,"type")

          if thisDriveType<>"CD-ROM" then
          alert "this program is intended to be played off CD only."
          halt
          end if

          end


          crescent_au wrote:
          > Hi all,
          >
          > I need some advice here. I am planning to create a simple tutorial /
          > presentation in an autoplay cd. I know how to create autoplay cd using
          > .inf file. My question is whether Director or Flash is good for
          > creating the tutorial / presentation program.
          >
          > As far as I understand Director is generally used for creating cd-based
          > programs while Flash is used for web-based contents. My tutorial
          > program is going to be a very simple program. It will only have simple
          > text animations and may or may not have audio/video. I know it can be
          > done using Flash without much difficulty but just wondering if Flash
          > contents are good for creating cd-based programs.
          >
          > The few things I need to consider are:
          > * I need to disable right-click menu
          > * performance
          > * may need audio/ video (director vs flash- which is better?)
          > * prevent .exe file from being copied or making it playable only from
          > CD and not if copied to hard-drive- maybe check to see if it's run from
          > cd. Do I really need to take this feature into consideration? How are
          > other programs made in cd?
          > * full screen view
          >
          > I am also thinking of making the tutorial in Flash and then embed the
          > Flash movie into Director and create .exe file for cd. How feasible is
          > this approach?
          >
          > So depending on all the above points, I'd like to know if Director or
          > Flash is good for my purpose or is it better to use some other
          > software?
          >
          > I am more proficient in Flash than in Director.
          >
          > Hope someone can point me to right direction. If you know of any online
          > URLs that can help me, please post them too.
          >
          > Thanks
          > Ben
          >