Getting MRH Issue 1 to work on Macs

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So far we've been able to determine that MRH Issue 1 works fine on older Macs running OS X 10.4.11 (tiger).

However, the newer op system Leopard appears to have many problems.

Could those of you out there with Macs please post your experiences trying to read issue 1? Please note model of machine and precise OS version you're using so we can look for patterns.

Our intent is to also develop a flattened version of the magazine that's just really nice JPGs and then also include links to the rich media goodies on the web (so we don't have to deal with media playback issues INSIDE a PDF).




Joe, I have a Macbook Pro 15"

Joe,

I have a Macbook Pro 15" Intel Dual Core Model,  System OS is 10.5.6. 

When I open the file it doesn't load the flash and just says buffering, I took a screen shot of the opening screen and posted it here - picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/2NZs69Hb4kKNHOCIi1HSTQ

When I click on the video in the fast tracks ad, I get the white box where the video would be playing picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/5z06oDtqMbuF31Otpg0bEQ

When I click on the 3d images in the DCC Decoder section those load without and problem and I can rotate the images without and issues.

Hope this helps.

Rob Hinkle

joef's picture

Thanks, Rob

Rob:

What about the 3D click and spin photos like the one in Marty's Getting Real column, do any of those work?

What about the Model Trains video ad ... do the previews play?

What about the UP bids ad on page 8? Does it play?

Joe Fugate
Publisher, Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine

Joe Fugate's HO Siskiyou Line

All of the 3D click and spin

All of the 3D click and spin photos work fine without issue,  the Model Trains Video links open up the video window for each of the dvd's. 

The UP Bid's ad goes to the white box when clicked.

Rob Hinkle

Scarpia's picture

Browser I

Rob, what browser are you using?


HO, early transition era www.garbo.org/MRR local time GMT +4

 

joef's picture

Scarpia, it's MRH on Adobe Reader 9 and Mac Leopard OS

Yes, the browser isn't involved here - it's the pages with Flash video on them inside a PDF.

It sounds like Quicktime videos work then - all the click and spin videos are Quicktime!

So that's the solution for now ... we'll create a version of MRH issue 1 that uses Quicktime for the embedded videos.

The only problem will be the Flash ads ... I'm thinking of making the Mac version of those ads available as a clickable page that takes you to a web page with the ad playing - then if you want to go further you can click on the Flash ad inside the browser.

Thanks, Rob - it sounds like the Mac Leopard OS isn't quite ready for the latest Flash content inside a PDF. 

 

Joe Fugate
Publisher, Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine

Joe Fugate's HO Siskiyou Line

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Mac Update

 Joe,

 

I have three macs, a New imac, an plastic PowerPC G4 and a G4 laptop.

The first is a new iMac 3.06Ghz, 24 in with NVDIA video card. It runs OS running 10.5.6 The title page, Dallas ad, Tim's ad videos,  Alkem Scale Models ad, the flexi-wire ad and the UP ad do not work.  The spinning cars, and your dvd videos do work.

 

The old G4 Mac is running 10.4.11  Most things are working, but the Adobe reader crashed while reading, but was easily reloaded. Seems like all is working on this, even the Dallas ad worked, which didn't on my PC at work. Tim's video works. The UPbids.net ad worked. The Alkem Scale Models ad worked too!

Looks like 10.5 is the problem.

 

BCK

 

Bernard Kempinski
 
Personal Layout Blog: http://usmrr.blogspot.com/

 

joef's picture

It certainly appears Mac OS 10.5.x and Flash have issues

 I found some tech notes on Adobe's site relating to this issue. Anyone out there with OS10.5 on a Mac and tech savvy enough to follow some technical instructions willing to do what these technotes recommend and report back to us how it goes?

Adobe tech note 1 regarding Flash Player problems with OS 10.5.x

It sounds like downgrading back to Flash Player 9 actually fixes the problems on OS 10.5.x. Here's a page with some links to Flash Player 9 versions for the Mac.

Scroll down a bit to find the links to Flash Player 9.

I realize most Mac users won't want to fiddle with their systems to this degree just to read MRH. We're also working on more long-term solutions that don't include Flash - thank you very much Adobe ...

Joe Fugate
Publisher, Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine

Joe Fugate's HO Siskiyou Line

bkempins's picture

I'll take a crack at it.

 I'll try now....

Bernard Kempinski
 
Personal Layout Blog: http://usmrr.blogspot.com/

 

bkempins's picture

you can't go back

 Adobe won't let me install Adobe Reader 9 if version 10 is already loaded.

 

 

 

 

Bernard Kempinski
 
Personal Layout Blog: http://usmrr.blogspot.com/

 

No luck with Flash Player 9,

No luck with Flash Player 9, I ran the Flash Player Uninstall program from http://kb.adobe.com/selfservice/viewContent.do?externalId=tn_14157, checked to see that flash wasn't on my system and then reinstalled 9.  Still had the same flash issues as before, I guess it must be a 10.5 issue.


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