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An alternative way of viewing Flash/Shockwave content
Authored by: sezme on Jan 02, '04 12:19:04PM

The problem with this is that you only get the Flash player (standalone) if you install Flash (the authoring environment). Now, it's true that with the Pac-Man example you linked to, we can open other .swf flash files, but we can't close the original pac-man window without closing the whole player. It's also misleading to say that you can use this to open Shockwave files. Shockwave files are compressed and protected files created by Macromeda Director (Shockwave studio). These need the Shockwave plugin to work in a browser, and they don't work with the Flash plugin or player.

Macromedia used to distribute an application called Shockmachine which would play your .dcr (Shockwave) files directly, but a few years ago, they spun it off with shockwave.com, and it became commercial Windows only software. I don't think they still distribute it at all. Too bad. It wouldn't be too hard for a Director developer to make a new version, but I'm not sure how Macromedia would feel about it.



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An alternative way of viewing Flash/Shockwave content
Authored by: adrianm on Jan 02, '04 12:50:59PM

Oops, wrong link. It's all on the Macromedia site though. Just have to look for it.

http://download.macromedia.com/pub/flash/updates/mx2004/player7/saflashplayer_all.hqx



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An alternative way of viewing Flash/Shockwave content
Authored by: Anonymous on Jan 02, '04 02:39:30PM
The problem with this is that you only get the Flash player (standalone) if you install Flash (the authoring environment).

Right. But if you don't want to purchase Flash, this is a useful compromise.

Now, it's true that with the Pac-Man example you linked to, we can open other .swf flash files, but we can't close the original pac-man window without closing the whole player.

Right. But if the window is small, it doesn't auto-start (it needs a click), and there's no sound, then it's not that much of a hassle to leave it open.

It's also misleading to say that you can use this to open Shockwave files.

Sorry for the misstatement.

*sigh* Silly me, I thought some people might actually find this hint USEFUL.

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