[Arp] ARP newbie requesting tips for an offline project
arp at davidlanier.com
Tue Oct 25 16:28:00 PDT 2005
I'm getting started on an offline (disk-based) project. I'd like whatever
advice you might be able to give, to point me in the right direction.
Here are some aspects of the project:
- keyboard-driven (no mouse)
- buttons highlight, scroll, move as you arrow around the screen
- most screens will have independent functionality
- slideshow, music player, video selector (several different ways)
- nearly every place in this project will have multiple routes of access.
- mainmenu -> watch last movie
- mainmenu -> movie features -> watch last movie
- lots of sub-sub-sub menus.
- available for various things
- will change depending on what is currently visible
- some will be global
I think that I would like to load a lot of this at runtime, since the main SWF
could get quite large, and compile times pretty long. My thought on that is to
listen for the onLoad event of loaded swfs, and set up the objects and listeners
at that time.
The exact features, menu items, screens, and functionality on the screens will
probably be changing up until the final publish of this project. That's why
I'm looking so seriously at ARP, because it's supposed to so flexible.
I have studied through the Birthday Organizer application, and built a small
beginning application of my own to make sure I would be able to hook everything
together. I'm moving along slowly, but so far, it's making sense.
MY MAIN QUESTIONS:
Do you think ARP is the right tool for me on this project?
Could you provide me any pointers so that I avoid the brick wall halfway through
I will also need to do some things such as setting the screen resolution. Would
there be any reason that I would experience trouble using Screenweaver (or
another swf2exe tool) along with ARP to do do this? I suppose the development
process would be to add the Sreenweaver code into my ARP classes, compile using
Flash, then do the final compile with Screenweaver. Have any of you tried that?
Many many thanks in advance!
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