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Q: Create a Macintosh format Macromedia Flash Projector File ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Create a Macintosh format Macromedia Flash Projector File
Category: Computers > Graphics
Asked by: felix-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 18 Sep 2002 10:42 PDT
Expires: 18 Oct 2002 10:42 PDT
Question ID: 66484
I need someone to help me create a Macintosh format Macromedia Flash
Projector file. I have the .swf file and simply need it created as a
projector using a Mac (I don't have a Mac - only a PC) and then
e-mailed back to me.

I would also be very grateful of some advice / instructions on how to
create an autorun file to tell a Mac to run the projector file when
the disc is used in Macs.

What I'm doing is creating a CD that can be used in Mac's and PC's
with flash projectors autorun as menus. I have the PC version working
perfectly and now simply need the autorun and projector holding the
main .swf menu created.

Thank you!

Request for Question Clarification by rico-ga on 18 Sep 2002 12:24 PDT
Hi felix,

A couple of thoughts.  

1) You are aware that since Version 4 of Flash you can create
Macintosh executable files with the PC version of Flash, right? The
files created are binhexed files, and you'll need a utility to decode
them correctly when you create the hybrid CD, but it can be done.  I
just want to get assurance that you know but have discarded this
solution for whatever reason.

2) What utility are you going to be using to create your hybrid CD? To
create a Macintosh projector that uses the autorun feature you must
have CD burning software that supports this option such as Roxio's
Toast or other similar CD burning software.



Clarification of Question by felix-ga on 18 Sep 2002 13:57 PDT
1) I had no idea that you could do that you could do it with Flash 4
(which is the version I have) and to be honest - I’ve just had a look
and I still can't see how I would do that! If you can do that as an
answer to the question that'd be great!

2) I have never created a hybrid CD before but do have instructions on
how to. I don’t use toast though and so was hoping that Mac autorun
worked in a similar way to PC autorun (by just creating a correctly
named and formatted inf file like autorun.inf)
Subject: Re: Create a Macintosh format Macromedia Flash Projector File
Answered By: rico-ga on 19 Sep 2002 05:59 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Before I start, I should note that Google Answers prohibits the
posting of personal information -- including email addresses. The
editors also discourage contact between Researchers and customers
outside of the GA environment. So, your initial request to have
someone here create a Flash projector probably couldn't be handled
here. Macromedia sponsors a Flash Group, which can be found here...

That you may want to look into. In any case, it's usually hard to find
someone willing to create another platform projector, which is why I
brought up just creating the file from your version of Flash.

To create a Macintosh projector in Flash 4...

- Select "Publish Settings" from the "File" menu. If it's not already
open, click on the first tab (Formats) in the dialogue box. Check
"Macintosh Projector".  Then publish the movie. Your movie will saved
as a binhex file (.hqx extension).  The binhex will need to be
decoded, as I mentioned. You can use the freeware StuffitExpander to
decode the binhex prior to your cutting the hybrid CD, or if you're
using a program such as MacImage (a utility to produce hybrid
Macintosh/PCCD-ROMs on a PC, the extraction will be done


for screen shots.


for a description of MacImage

A Macromedia Technote at...

describes the overall requirements for creating a hybrid CD with
autorun. Also see the excellent and detailed article entitled "Burn,
Baby, Burn" by David Hrycyszyn at...

The article uses Toast as the example CD burning application, but
other burning software will still follow the same basic process.

As an editorial comment, please note that you should always provide
instructions on how to launch your CD for those in your audience who
will have autorun disabled.

Best of luck!


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