LegacyCaptivateLoader: dealing with pre-existing scripts in your Captivate SWF

When I designed the LegacyCaptivateLoader, I was focused on giving the ActionScript 3 SWF the ability to control the ActionScript 2-based Captivate SWF; I hadn’t given much thought to how the situation affects Captivate SWFs using one of the workarounds I just described. Can the embedded SWFs still work? Will JavaScript calls from Captivate still work with ActionScript 3’s ExternalInterface system? The short answer is yes, but it may take some tweaking on your part.

Example files for SCORM AS3 class updated

A number of people emailed me reporting problems using the demonstration files for the ActionScript 3 SCORM class. Turns out the imsmanifest.xml file was causing the problems; apparently, one of the supporting XML files was corrupt. After creating a new imsmanifest.xml file and bringing in fresh copies of all the supporting XML files (the ADL/IMS stuff), the example launches as expected. The new demo files pass the ADL SCORM 2004 Test Suite (both the SCO RTE conformance test and the Manifest Utility Test). They also work fine in Moodle (v1.8), which seems to be the LMS of choice for most …

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SCORM wrapper examples tested successfully in SumTotal TotalLMS 7.6

The pipwerks SCORM wrapper examples have been successfully tested in SumTotal TotalLMS 7.6. FYI, the examples’ imsmanifest.xml files required some modifications (the old manifests worked fine in the ADL test suites, but coughed a little when used in SumTotal TotalLMS 7.6). The JavaScript, ActionScript and HTML in the examples remain unchanged. If you’ve previously downloaded the examples, I suggest you download the updated versions to get the newer manifests. Of course, if you’re a pro at manifests (Aaron?), you could always make better ones… making the imsmanifest is my least favorite part of working with SCORM. As always, if you …

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Loading Captivate files into an AS3 Flash SWF

Update April 7, 2008: I’ve written a new AS3 class named LegacyCaptivateLoader that uses ExternalInterface to bridge the AS3 SWF and the Captivate SWF. Check it out. I guess I’m late to the party, but I only recently realized that although a Flash Player 9 SWF can load an older Flash Player 6/7/8 SWF, it can’t communicate with it. (In my defense, since we haven’t really started using ActionScript 3 at work yet, I’ve been a bit slow in switching to AS3. The leap from AS2 to AS3 is pretty daunting, so I’m sure I’m not the only one dragging …

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