How?: Panther countdown graphic on apple.com

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  1. macrumors regular

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    ..did they have an intern slaving away for months doing animated gifs of all date/time combinations?

    Java?

    If anyone knows please explain as basically as possible - i know nothing beyond assembling basic pages in dreamweaver...

    thanks
     
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    groovebuster

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    A simple click to take a look at the source code of the page would have reveiled that information.

    It is done by a JavaScript.



    So actually no big deal!

    Greetings,

    groovebuster
     
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks - I realised I could do that seconds after posting, but it didn't really help!

    For me Java is the indiscovered country so I will have to look into it myself a bit more to understand...

    Funny how the apple uk homepage doesn't bother with it..
    http://www.apple.com/uk

    thanks for your patience

    u
     
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    groovebuster

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    Java != JavaScript.

    Keep that in mind to prevent yourself from frustration and misunderstandings.

    JavaScript is "just" a scripting enhancement for webbrowsers. Java is a complete Software development environment.

    Greetings from Berlin,

    groovebuster
     
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    yamabushi

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    Yes I really wish JavaScript and Java had dissimilar names to avoid confusion. I like the name Oak better anyways.
     
  6. macrumors regular

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    Is there any that script could be compiled into a stand alone app or widget that I could place on my desktop all the time? That would be sweet.
     
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    whocares

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    I can remember one thread about this. I think someone created a widget of it. I'll go look...


    ...found it:
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=41249
     
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    Chaszmyr

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    It should be widget-able... However, as a minor correction, scripts aren't "compiled"
     
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    I know that scripts aren't compilied, but to run as a stand alone app some code would have to be compiled.
     
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    the whole purpose of a script is that it isn't compiled, so it can be run on any machine with an interpreter.

    konfabulator is a javascript interpreter that lets you make "widgets" with javascript and applescript that can do all kinds of cool things.
     
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    I think he meant "made" or "written." I know nothing of code, I'm just taking a stab here. lol, I once had a discussion with a programmer for about an hour about....actually now that I think about it, it was this very same subject, something with scripts and I can't remember it was a year ago.
     
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    Moving Apple's code into the widget took about a half hour. Of which 95% of that half hour was getting the hOffsets and vOffsets where I wanted them.

    Konfabulator is awesome, and the code is very simple, although I still don't know why the flip effect isn't working in Konfabulator like Apple's web site.
     
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    Now the mini countdown is just QuickTime, not as complex but simplicity was the key for Apple.
    Just save the source (.mov) and watch it play on your desktop :)
     

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