RE: [Flashcoders] to mac or not to mac

2008-03-14 Thread Rob Emenecker
Dave,

When I get my next new/replacement workstation it will be a dual quad-core
Intel (or whatever is newer) Mac Pro. You can run OS X, Windows, etc. 

The only thing I would not do it pay Apple's predatory pricing for
additional memory sticks, RAID controller, additional drives, etc. Just get
the best processor, min memory, min hard drive, etc., then upgrade with
aftermarket.

...Rob


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RE: [Flashcoders] to mac or not to mac

2008-03-14 Thread Rob Emenecker
 Otherwise, i'm very, VERY unreligious about operating systems, 
 because i frankly think they all suck in one way or another.

You've got a lot of nerve being rational and objective making that
statement!


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RE: [Flashcoders] Graphic design universities

2008-02-25 Thread Rob Emenecker
You might also look at Drexel University. They have an excellent
design/media, information technologies, and computer science programs.

Rob

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RE: [Flashcoders] variable with # sign

2008-02-21 Thread Rob Emenecker
Hi Alex,

I'm very confused by this. A variable name in Flash is not what you would
necessarily push to the database anyway. You would push a string, number, or
other primative, not the internal variable name itself.

...Rob

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RE: [Flashcoders] CDROM XML search

2008-02-21 Thread Rob Emenecker
Glen,

You might want consider structuring the XML as a faux relational database...
#1) full text
#2) keyword index and frequency
#3) titles, volume, number, etc.

During search, you only have to trawl through #2, which would have cross-ref
IDs for numbers 1 and 3. Then pull #1 for presentation purposes and possible
search term highlighting.

...Rob


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The system can use AS3 - as it is a CDROM.

I asked about the data size - at the moment, a sample XML file, generated by
an automatic tool is about 500k, gulp.
That means, 6MB per year, 60MB per decade at the moment.

I have asked to see the file, because there may be a lot of rubbish that can
be eliminated - I hope so..

Glen



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 Subject: [Flashcoders] CDROM XML search

 Hi,

I have been asked to look at a search facility for a CDROM 
 project.

The customer is archiving magazines, 1 a month, for a decade per 
 CD and wants a simple search engine.

The magazines will be archived as scanned images plus XML data 
 containing page text content.

Loading in an XML file and searching / filtering is pretty easy 
 in principle, but I am guessing I may run into performance issues as 
 the amount of data is scaled up.

Google is proving fairly useless today, so has anyone had much 
 experience of this and have any recommendations.

Thanks

Glen
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RE: [Flashcoders] CDROM XML search

2008-02-21 Thread Rob Emenecker

 Looking on the web, some people seemed to recommend using Director 
 or other wrappers to allow access to the file system.  Anyone 
 know if this might be something to consider?

Yes. If you go this route there are several commercial database engines that
are available to you. However, the Flash Xtra for Director is not current
with the web Flash Player. Specifically it does not currently support AS3 or
certain components, and Flex is WAY OUT OF THE QUESTION.

If you are coding in AS2, then Director coupled with a database Xtra
(Valentina, Vizion, Arca, ADO, Datagrip, etc.) is what I would recommend.

...Rob

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RE: [Flashcoders] yahoo list?

2008-02-06 Thread Rob Emenecker
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Hey i had say a post a while back about another mailing list some others
were getting started that was just a spin off of flashcoders.
Could somebody link me? Thanks!

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RE: [Flashcoders] Creating a Projector for the Mac on a PC, and dealing with file references

2008-02-01 Thread Rob Emenecker
 2. Is it possible to burn a CD for the Mac on a PC?

Yes, but not without going through a lot of gyrations. Using Nero on the PC,
you can burn *separate* Mac and PC partitions onto a CD, however to do so
you need to have the Mac partition mounted on the PC. This can be done by
via a SCSI interface (does anyone really run these anymore), or by using a
third-party tool such as MacDrive. It's kludgy at best!

As Kenneth mentioned, using Toast on a Mac with a disc type of Custom Hybrid
is the easier, softer way. A MUCH EASIER WAY!

 3. If the answer to 2 is yes, is it possible to make the projector
auto-run?

Nope. OS X brought with it the demise of autoplay on the Mac. 

You can create a temporary disk partition/image and visually tailor it to
your liking, but you cannot specify an app package to automatically launch.
You might want to check out FileStorm at www.mindvision.com. Most everything
you can do with the basic version you can do with the Finder and Toast, but
it makes the process easier.

...Rob


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RE: [Flashcoders] Creating a Projector for the Mac on a PC, and dealing with file references

2008-02-01 Thread Rob Emenecker
 PC/Mac hybrid CDs are normally created on Mac using Toast. You do 
 not have two sets of identical files (such as your XML files) on 
 PC and Mac sectors on CD because you can share them using aliases. 

On important thing to keep in mind if you create custom hybrid PC/Mac CDs is
that the file name length is limited to 32 characters, inclusive of
extensions. 

...Rob

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RE: [Flashcoders] nested for loops stumper

2008-01-25 Thread Rob Emenecker
 
 yep, you need some kind of scope declaration to tell you where the 
 items are. a lot of people use thisRoot = this; (or something that 
 states the location) and then all you have to do is pass 'thisRoot' 
 around as a reference to where that item is. That way you never 
 have to say 'this' when it's not actualy 'this'.

Thumps himself in the head! Doh! What a great idea. Never thought of doing
that!


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RE: [Flashcoders] mdash in htmlText

2008-01-15 Thread Rob Emenecker
Hi Andrew,

I took a look at what we did and, unfortunately, our solution was a
pre-processing script before the HTML was deployed to our Flash project.
Since there are real differences between Flash HTML and standard HTML --
especially with regards to white space -- we provided our client a set of
guidelines so that they could use any WYSIWYG HTML editor. We then parsed
the files subbing out character entities for Flash Unicode notation
(\u), collapsing whitespace, etc.

Sorry I did not get back to you yesterday. 

...Rob

P.S. FWIW, using split/join, is probably the easiest way to do it.


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Thanks Helmut.  With your lead I was able to come up with the following.
(There's probably a better way to do a replaceAll, but using slit.join is
least amount of code that I know of.)

function htmlAmpCharsToFlashHtmlAmpChars(str:String):String {

str = str.split(emsp;).join(#8195;);

str = str.split(thinsp;).join(#8201;);

str = str.split(ndash;).join(#8211;);

str = str.split(mdash;).join(#8212;);

str = str.split(mdash;).join(#8212;);

str = str.split(lsquo;).join(#8216;);

str = str.split(rsquo;).join(#8217;);

str = str.split(ldquo;).join(#8220;);

str = str.split(frasl;).join(#8260;);

str = str.split(euro;).join(#8364;);

str = str.split(trade;).join(#8482;);

str = str.split(larr;).join(#8592;);

str = str.split(rarr;).join(#8594;);

str = str.split(larr;).join(#8592;);

str = str.split(rarr;).join(#8594;);

str = str.split(harr;).join(#8596;);

str = str.split(lArr;).join(#8656;);

str = str.split(rArr;).join(#8658;);

return str;

}
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RE: [Flashcoders] mdash in htmlText

2008-01-13 Thread Rob Emenecker
It was AS2 in Flash 8. I honestly can't recall whether it was a true regexp
or some mash-up. Will need to check with the guys back at the ranch on
Monday. I do remember having a crapload of HTML text that was peppered with
those characters and they were a problem. Will check it out tomorrow and
post a follow-up.

 

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It would be fantastic if you could share.  Were you using AS3?  If not, what
did you do for regex?  I tried to figure out the as2lib project's
implementation of regex but couldn't get a simple replaceAll to work

Thanks!

Rob Emenecker wrote:
 Hi Andrew,

 I don't know of a class that will help with this. Extended characters 
 need to be Unicode encoded in the HTML stream for Flash to properly
display them.
 I've had to do exactly what you probably don't want to do... that is, 
 scrub them out.

 I had a project that wrapped up late summer last year, where I had to 
 contend with a fairly simple set of characters: single and double 
 opening/closing quotes, em-dash, en-dash, copyright, registered 
 trademark, etc.

 When I get back to the office on Monday, I'll check to see what we did 
 for handling them in HTML text. IIRC, we ran regular expressions on 
 the HTML text swapping mnemonic style character entities for Flash 
 Unicode, e.g., \u000a.

 ...Rob

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 I'm running CS3 with AS2.

 I'm loading in some html text into a TextField with html set to true.  
 It looks like nbsp; is working correctly, but other chars such as 
 mdash; are just being rendered literally, as mdash;.  This is even 
 with the entire character set embedded.

 Do I have to scrub all this stuff out?  Is there a class to do this?

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RE: [Flashcoders] mdash in htmlText

2008-01-12 Thread Rob Emenecker
Hi Andrew,

I don't know of a class that will help with this. Extended characters need
to be Unicode encoded in the HTML stream for Flash to properly display them.
I've had to do exactly what you probably don't want to do... that is, scrub
them out. 

I had a project that wrapped up late summer last year, where I had to
contend with a fairly simple set of characters: single and double
opening/closing quotes, em-dash, en-dash, copyright, registered trademark,
etc. 

When I get back to the office on Monday, I'll check to see what we did for
handling them in HTML text. IIRC, we ran regular expressions on the HTML
text swapping mnemonic style character entities for Flash Unicode, e.g.,
\u000a.

...Rob

-Original Message-
From: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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Sinning
Sent: Saturday, January 12, 2008 10:39 PM
To: Flash Coders
Subject: [Flashcoders] mdash in htmlText

I'm running CS3 with AS2.

I'm loading in some html text into a TextField with html set to true.  
It looks like nbsp; is working correctly, but other chars such as mdash;
are just being rendered literally, as mdash;.  This is even with the
entire character set embedded.

Do I have to scrub all this stuff out?  Is there a class to do this?

Thanks.
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RE: [Flashcoders] Software Patent Question

2008-01-04 Thread Rob Emenecker
That's not a bad idea, provided that you have patent/copyright lawyers who
will also handle your case pro-bono in their free time! ;p
 

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Thanks, for the opinions. I have to agree with Charles on this - the patent
is bunk. I just wanted to hear it from someone else. Makes me want to make
an open-source makeover engine. It might be something to do in all my
free-time. Heh



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