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RAWR-Designs / Live 3.0.1 Player window crashes Safari in Snow Leopard
« on: April 13, 2011, 08:02:19 PM »
Seems to work fine when accessing from Windows on Chrome, IE, or Firefox, but when accessed from a mac running Safari, the preview player window asks for a name and password and then crashes Safari.  It's hung with a Q and ? in the player window that pops up until a force quit is done on Safari from the finder.

-AJPaterson

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Hi Guys,

I just came across HFS and the excellent interface template RAWR-Template with it's built-in Rawr-player.  This combination is something I've been seeking for a long time.  I've been banging my head around setting up a full-fledged Digital Asset Management Database like Razuna, wasting several days and several windows installs to try to get it working.  Ultimately Razuna had too many features and was too complicated (for me at least,) for the task I was trying to achieve which is a privately-hosted web-based simple gui for sharing videos and photos with my friends and clients that are not technically adept enough to deal with ftp.   Additionally Razuna would mean running two systems with parallel directory structures that would be managed separately.

Instead after downloading HFS and RAWR-Template (black mod) this morning, I was up and running, sharing my already ftp-shared materials on the same server with the same directories, user and password accounts that I was already using for ftp in about 20 minutes.  For that ease of use, I quickly donated a few euros to both rejetto and rawr-designs today.  It's not much (my Canadian dollar is not what it was last year), but is a token of my appreciation for making life easier.

That said, nothing is perfect and I've run across a couple of small already documented or about to be corrected issues:

1. RAWR-Player preview compatibility with H.264 MOV formats not recognized.  I have been able to get around this by renaming my mov files to flv, but this will cause confusion amongst my users that they are watching lower-quality flash.  I understand a new version of the templates and player are about to be released which addresses this.  Any ETA on this?

2. How do I change the size of the preview window?  I found a comment about a wide function in the rawr_previewbox.js , but I'm clueless how to implement it.

3. It would be nice if the thumbnail generator created thumbnails for video format files in addition to still images.  I tried creating a thumbnail myself by creating a hidden 'previews_and_thumbnails' folder in my videos folder which contained an appropriately sized thumb-videofilename.jpg, but that didn't work.

4. On my Server 2003 machine, I cannot launch HFS from explorer.  It comes back with a permissions/path not found error.  I can, however launch it from a CMD shell and it then seems to work fine.

5.  For some reason, the icons it presents for different file types (quicktime for example) look different and cruder on my 2003 server than my vista home computer that I originally tested hfs on.  Is there any way to change the default icons?  Do I need to install quicktime/acrobat/windows media player 11 on the server to get the correct icons to show?

The above issues are small, and I can probably wait patiently for a solution. However, the only real feature lacking for me is a way for users to send their comments directly to me or other users directly by email.  Shoutbox is nice but kind of limited because it's small and viewable by everyone.  A nice little module like the shoutbox, which lets a user select one or more preset customizable recipients and then email them a comment would be perfect.   It should also have a field to enter the sender's name or email.

While I'm perfectly capable of graphics design in photoshop to customize the look of the template, coding in html is beyond me.  Searching through the templates, I couldn't even figure out how to change the names on the buttons!  The best I could do was insert some code found here to have a contact us button at the top left corner of the page which uses mailto to use their email application to send mail, but it's ugly and not in keeping with the fine work of Rawr-design.  I can probably stumble around wasting days on this, but time is a precious commodity, so I often find it's better to leave this stuff to the pros.  Therefore I'd like to offer a bounty of 100 Euros to someone who can write this module for me and help me get it implemented in rawr-template.  I know it's not a lot, but again, the canadian dollar is not what it used to be!  Please respond here if you are interested.

-AJPaterson

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