| 4:01 am on Jan 4, 2003 (gmt 0)|
I would think it to be easier to use flat text files for this task, each room would have its own text file that can be edited outside of flash.
Have a look around at flashkit.com they have a sample swf for importing text.
Maybe a database would be better, but me and db's don't seem to get along to well. ;)
| 4:30 am on Jan 4, 2003 (gmt 0)|
What server side language do you have available to connect to databases. What you are asking is not that tough. Also what version of Flash are you using?
| 1:46 pm on Jan 5, 2003 (gmt 0)|
Using Flash 5 (not MX, it costs almost $2000 to outfit my whole lab with new software). As for server applications, that is a great question. I am sure I could put anything I wanted there, the administrator is pretty agreeable. The only question would be... what to put there.
| 3:16 pm on Jan 5, 2003 (gmt 0)|
What are you running on the web server. Is it a linux box with apache or is it a windows box with IIS?
| 8:26 pm on Jan 5, 2003 (gmt 0)|
You can also get an Adobe product called Graphics Server (formerly AlterCast) that will take text input from a file and then alter a graphic based on that input. You would create your pop-up box as an image and then the Graphics Server would remake that image when you changed the file holding the text to be displayed in the pop-up box.
The Graphics Server works very well, for example, on product icons for websites. Say my widget picture icon has text that lists its current price. If I want to change the prices for widgets then I just change the price in the database/text file and feed that into the Graphics Server which basically runs a script which pulls in the new price onto the appropriate layer and re-saves the graphic file.
| 3:08 am on Jan 8, 2003 (gmt 0)|
Excel can export to a flatfile database
Does that mean he would have to upload the SWF along witht he text file?
| 3:11 am on Jan 8, 2003 (gmt 0)|
Flash allows website integration to pull info from regular web ways and you can also read in content from a text file without a server side language.
| 3:59 am on Jan 8, 2003 (gmt 0)|
seems kiwanji went over to flashkit.
anyway, php with the ming-module (swf creation on the fly) might be an appropriate, os independent solution for you.
| 6:39 pm on Jan 8, 2003 (gmt 0)|
"Flash allows website integration to pull info from regular web ways and you can also read in content from a text file without a server side language."
I am interested in what Korkus said. I would like to make this as simple as possible and not having to use applications running on the werver would be the best bet.
That said, I got word that our server "is a Unix box (FreeBSD) with Apache". Does that mean anything to anyone else? And this is after I have taken a networking class. Sad isn't it? I understand what Unix is but I am not sure how to make it so that this situation would work.
Like I said before, computers were supposed to make life easier.
| 6:48 pm on Jan 8, 2003 (gmt 0)|
Getting data from a text file without server side scripting.
tutorials on PHP and flash
If you want quick and easy use a text file for dynamic info in a Flash movie. Since you are using apache you should have access to PHP. You can integrate databases and all PHP stuff into the flash movie on the fly.
| 8:49 pm on Jan 8, 2003 (gmt 0)|
Thanks Korkus, thats the first piece of scripting in Flash i have ever understood!
I would just have trouble creating the text form.
Would Flash be able to call a text file made by a cgi script? (ex: NewsPro spits out a TXT file to be included by SSI).
Could I also call a variable located in a regular .pl or .cgi file?
| 10:04 pm on Jan 8, 2003 (gmt 0)|
You should be able to use the txt file and call variables using cgi. I haven't used cgi but that stuff is not very hard with ASP.
| 4:14 pm on Jan 9, 2003 (gmt 0)|
Thanks for the link to the permadi site. I think I can make this work.