4 Replies Latest reply on Jul 29, 2007 6:15 AM by davdavdavdav

    How to build a searchable app for CD-ROM?

    davdavdavdav
      I want to build an application for a CD-ROM. Is it possible, and if so, how?

      I have about 50,000 records of names and addresses, and want to put in on a CD-ROM with a searchable.

      Finally I would prefer to use FLASH or FLEX rather than learn a new development platform (being Director). Can you give me advice if I should instead write this application in FLASH/FLEX?

      All suggestions welcomes. Thanks.
        • 1. Re: How to build a searchable app for CD-ROM?
          Level 7
          davdavdavdav wrote:

          > I want to build an application for a CD-ROM. Is it possible, and if so, how?

          Hi, and yes the above is possible. Director is the best program for interactive
          CDs.

          > I have about 50,000 records of names and addresses, and want to put in on a
          > CD-ROM with a searchable.
          > Finally I would prefer to use FLASH or FLEX rather than learn a new
          > development platform (being Director). Can you give me advice if I should
          > instead write this application in FLASH/FLEX?

          Well, can't advise on Flash or Flex as don't have enough experience in them. But
          as I said before, Director is best for off-line applications like you're after.

          What I suggest you do is look at using a database. With so many records, this
          will be the easiest way to manage and search through the information. I have a
          FAQ with links to articles on using databases with Director at:
          http://www.fbe.unsw.edu.au/learning/director/resources/FAQ/databases.asp
          Also link to Database Xtras (plugin for Director).
          Also look at:
          http://www.updatestage.com/MileHighTableOfProducts/products.html#Database
          for more Database Xtras options.

          regards
          Dean

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



          • 2. Re: How to build a searchable app for CD-ROM?
            davdavdavdav Level 1
            Thanks Dean. This will give me a good first start.

            My only other question, which you said you can't answer, is whether I should be looking at Flash/Flex/AIR as the solution. I don't understand the difference and it's a bit of a concern considering that they are all Adobe applications and yet I still don't know which to choose and why.

            Maybe someone from Adobe can answer this for me.

            Cheers.
            • 3. Re: How to build a searchable app for CD-ROM?
              Level 7
              davdavdavdav wrote:

              > My only other question, which you said you can't answer, is whether I should
              > be looking at Flash/Flex/AIR as the solution. I don't understand the
              > difference and it's a bit of a concern considering that they are all Adobe
              > applications and yet I still don't know which to choose and why.

              Hi Dav,

              I'll try answer it as best as possible.

              First Director
              Director was created before the web was around and its strengths included the
              development of off-line multimedia applications for hard drive or CD-ROM. With
              the growth of the web, Director has developed on that front too. It is still very
              strong at off-line products, particularly those that require communication with
              hardware or Operating System level things (something Flash can't do).

              Flash
              Flash was developed for the web and that's where it's strength lies. While it has
              become quite a sophisticated application and can produce executables for off-line
              playback, it does not have the features of Director in the off-line department.

              Flex
              This was developed as a further way to output Flash SWF files. From my
              understanding, Flex is more of a programming environment and deals more with XML.

              AIR
              This is a new system developed by Adobe to take their online tools and package
              them in a format that can be delivered off-line. So, it can take HTML, SWF, PDFs
              and bundle them in a desktop application. With AIR, developers develop a project
              which has a bundle of files and the end user needs to have the AIR Runtime (a
              player of sorts) to run the application.
              See http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/air/

              So, which to choose. Well, it really depends on your end product and which will
              meet its needs the best. If it's a web product and you'd like a programming
              approach, perhaps Flex is for you. Otherwise maybe Flash. Director can be used
              for the web if you'd need some feature that Director has outside of Flash/Flex
              capabilities. You would not use AIR for web delivery. And for off-line, I'd say
              use AIR, if the project has a web context as well and may communicate with the
              web (and having the runtime is not an issue). But, Director leads the way in
              off-line application development.

              Hope that helps explain things better.

              regards
              Dean

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

              • 4. Re: How to build a searchable app for CD-ROM?
                davdavdavdav Level 1
                Thanks Dean for your comprehensive and quick response.

                Say, it would all be so much easier if learning one application (eg Director) translated directly to another application (eg Flash) without having to learn anything else. But I guess that even Microsoft took many years to do that with the Office suite of products.

                Thanks again, and I think I try my luck with Director. I have version MX and I'll have to consider whether it is worthwhile to upgrade.

                Cheers.