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[REBOL] Re: How to view presentation dialect without Rebol

From: jason:cunliffe:verizon at: 25-Apr-2002 12:14

> Hi, all nice ideas but I just need a file for dumb users: PDF or PowerPoint.
> fancy stuff yet as no one is used to these new things yet. Robert
Hmm. How about SWF [FLASH] ?? Flash has built-in in timeline [great for sequencing presentations], text, vector + bitmap graphics, hyperlinks, buttons, action/events and much much more. Oldes make-swf.r and examples are 100% REBOL and nicely presented. The Flash Player is free and widely distributed and much smaller than PDF or SVG. It can be included on CDROMS. Also a stand-alone .exe can be made for Win32+Mac [but you need access to the authoring tool for that I believe, or one of the 3rd party tools like FlashJester]. The fscommand() lets one call other local executables. You can launch a stub player in Flash which starts rebol which in turn can 'browse' an HTML with FLASH. I just read that FlashMX allows communication between desktop Flash movie and an SWF running in the web browser [I've not tested yet]. For basic presentations it's a great. Plus there is much more now that FlashMX is out for powerful REBOL/Flash interactions. Greatly improved object/event structure lets one assign behaviors dynamically and remotely to buttons and movies. Everything is an object. Shared libraries. Dynamic loading at runtime or sounds and graphic. JPEGS can be loaded across the Internet into SWF. Thus REBOL can generate VID graphics of itself and FlashMX can use and present these from a generic REBOL-presenter movie. Have to check with Oldes where is codes needs upgrade to support the special new FlashMX features. ./Jason