Advice:Can I Use A Mac For My Project?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by noobey, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. noobey macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2008
    hi guys,
    basically im an animation student getting ready for an interactive exhibition.

    i will have a display and a computer of my choice and a mouse for the user to view my work. (pause, play, select video from menu)

    what i initially wanted was a web page, running in full screen kiosk mode.

    within that kiosk i wanted videos to open like the way pictures open on the apple website here
    anyone know the script to that?

    now, i cant find a way to enter kiosk mode on safari of firefox on a mac, i know you can do it on ie on windows, but id rather not use a windows machine.

    can anyone answer these questions please?

    1 - can anyone help with the script required to create video pop-ups like the picture pop-ups here please?

    2 - Does anyone know how to enter kiosk mode in Firefox or Safari on a mac?

    3 - if not can anyone think of a better way to display my animations?

    thanks for any and all help provided guys:D
  2. iFizz macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2008
    Third planet from the star called "Sun"
    I would suggest something as simple as Quicktime Pro...???

    EDIT: upon further thinking, I see what you are asking for.
    What about setting up your mac in the "simple" Parental setup, with nothing enabled on the computer to click except your videos? Do you know what I'm talking about here, where the computer is pretty much locked down except for whatever the administrator has pre-setup and allowed?
  3. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
  4. noobey thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2008

    reading your posts and links, ive just had a new idea!

    ill set it up in parental mode, remove the dock and menu bar, disable right click.

    then ill have a wallpaper in the middle, with my logo and instructions to move the mouse to the edge of the screen to view videos.
    ill have spaces above, below, right and left of the wallpaper screen, each displaaying a quicktime video in fullscreen!

    ill also use warp, so they know which video it is before going to it!

    guys you have inspired me so much! thanks!
    (maybe this topic needs to be moved now?)

    couple more questions

    1-my users will only have a mouse, no keyboard. is there a script i can run so that the user cannot exit fullscreen quicktime videos? ie, double clicking them etc.

    2-is there a way to completely kill the menu bar, like the dock, in leopard?
    its just that i do not want the user to be able to see it at all. ive only found how to hide it until mouseover so far.

    3-is there a script to make osx auto return to a certain space after x minutes of inactivity?

    4-as a side note, does anyone know (tutorial) how to display videos and images the way they do here?

    5-is there anything ive missed? would you like seeing this format at an exhibition? any other input?

    thanks for any and all help once again guys.
  5. snickelfritz macrumors 65816


    Oct 24, 2003
    Tucson AZ
    Use Flash to build your project and publish it as a fullscreen projector file.
    The projector has a fullscreen mode built into it and is HD-capable.
    Your guests will not have a reason (or capability) to exit the projector.

    The video window animations etc... are easy to do in Flash (Actionscript 3.0).
    It doesn't really matter what kind of computer you use for the kiosk.
  6. motulist macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    Quicktime has a kiosk mode built in. In the system prefs > quicktime, go to the advanced tab and there's a kiosk mode check box. I've never used it though, so I have no idea what it's about.
  7. mat4020 macrumors member

    Apr 26, 2007
    Zhuhai, China
  8. MegaMan1311 macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2007
    That effect on apples page is a lightbox (or one of its variants). Try googling Lightbox or thickbox.
  9. snickelfritz macrumors 65816


    Oct 24, 2003
    Tucson AZ
    I believe Apple uses scriptaculous for their AJAX elements.

    Personally, it seems a bit limiting to use a web browser for this.
    Just create a custom application to display your work using Flash or AIR.
  10. noobey thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2008
    yeah but my flash scripting is rather weak. unless anyone knows of a good gallery template for flash?

    thanks so far.

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