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Software News   Software News : Hollywood Player 5.3 released
   posted by softwarefailure on 23-Jul-2014 14:51:06 (2258 reads)
Airsoft Softwair is proud to announce that the Hollywood Player is now also available for all desktop platforms supported by Hollywood (AmigaOS 3, AmigaOS 4, MorphOS, WarpOS, AROS, Windows, Mac OS PPC & x86, Linux PPC & x86). Although it was originally scheduled for release on June 3, 2006 (and even finished back then) its final publication for desktop systems was postponed again and again limiting the availability of the Hollywood Player to the Android platform for several years.

Click READ MORE for details ===>


But now that the Hollywood Player is finally available for desktop platforms as well, software authors can choose to distribute their programs as Hollywood applets instead of stand-alone executables. In contrast to stand-alone executables, Hollywood applets are universally executable which has the advantage that you don't have to compile your programs for as much as almost a dozen of different platforms but just one Hollywood applet is already sufficient. The end-user then simply has to install the Hollywood Player compatible with his platform and can run the Hollywood applet with it. Another advantage is that applets are much smaller than stand-alone executables compiled by Hollywood. While stand-alone executables often take up as much as 2 MB for only very few lines of code, Hollywood applets are very compact and often consist of only a few kilobytes. A last advantage is that programs distributed as Hollywood applets will automatically profit from improvements and bug fixes in newer versions of the Hollywood Player while programs distributed as stand-alone executables would have to be completely recompiled with each new Hollywood update in order to profit from improvements and bug fixes.

As its very name implies, the Hollywood Player can only be used to run applets compiled by Hollywood. It obviously cannot be used to create your own programs. You will still need the full version of Hollywood to create your own programs, of course.

On all Amiga compatibles, Hollywood Player installs itself to SYS:Utilities to be globally available as a default tool for Hollywood applets. Software authors choosing to distribute their programs as Hollywood applets can then simply set the default tool for their applets to "HollywoodPlayer" and inform the user to install the Hollywood Player before attempting to run the program.

The Hollywood Player is now available for free download from the official Hollywood portal for a wide range of architectures and comes with three demo applets to show its capabilities.
    

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Re: Hollywood Player 5.3 released
Posted on 23-Jul-2014 15:53:31
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This is the resubmitted/updated news item.


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Re: Hollywood Player 5.3 released
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Now it is time for a file depot for hollywood applets, sources.
I'm not sure what would be the best way, but surely would be a good move.

Aminet would not be a good place because Hollywood is really multiplatform.

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Re: Hollywood Player 5.3 released
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So i can now load a presentation i made on my Amiga and play it on my XP netbook?


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@klx300r

Yes, as long as you saved your presentation as "Hollywood Applet" (.hwa)


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Re: Hollywood Player 5.3 released
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@ AlexC

great news


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Re: Hollywood Player 5.3 released
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I've only tried the Amiga 68k and PPC version of the player and noticed some issue:

Pressing Amiga-Enter to go full screen makes the window disappear here and no new screen opens for it. I then have to use Ranger to send it a Ctrl-C to quit when started from WB.
Does it work for anyone? Maybe it's just my beta OS4 or some settings that's borked on my end

Also when I iconify the window with Amiga-H the applet keeps running in the background, IMHO it should probably pause unless it's something which would be expected to keep running like a music player or irc client.
If there isn't one already, maybe a flag could be added to scripts to make them pause when the window is inactive and/or iconified.


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Ecellent news!

Time to go for some testing, then.

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I then have to use Ranger to send it a Ctrl-C to quit when started from WB.


You don't need to use Ranger for this. Use the Break command in shell. You can find the process number easily with the Status command.

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when I iconify the window with Amiga-H the applet keeps running in the background


It is entirely up to the script which can be notify even the iconify action. The example applets just example applets, nothing more.

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You don't need to use Ranger for this. Use the Break command in shell. You can find the process number easily with the Status command.

If started from CLI yes, which is why I wrote "when started from WB" as in that case it doesn't show up in the output of Status.
One could also use Marcin's "SetSignal" from CLI to send Ctrl-C but it's a bit more tedious as the spelling of the process name has to be exact.

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It is entirely up to the script which can be notify even the iconify action.

Good to know. I haven't had much time yet to play with Hollywood, I still have to read the docs and figure out what kind of application to write that would be worth making for multiple platforms.


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If started from CLI yes, which is why I wrote "when started from WB" as in that case it doesn't show up in the output of Status.

You are right. I was a bit misguided here, because starting the scripts from editor it is always shown up in status.

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figure out what kind of application to write that would be worth making for multiple platforms

Anything new is worth for our Amigas! :)

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