The Wilderness Downtown HTML5 demo

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  1. Cabbit macrumors 68020

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  2. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    That really is cool. Impressive what you can do when you have enough data at your disposal.
     
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    I wonder how slow that would have run in flash. Crazy awesome right there.
     
  5. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    It bogged my machine down worse than any Flash site maxing my CPU and chewing up some serious memory. It also opened up like 7 tabs in my browser, most of which were empty, not cool. It was a really annoying web site as far as I'm concerned.
     
  6. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    It doesn't open any empty tabs. Use a better browser (Chrome 5 or Safari 5 work fine).
     
  7. dotnsk macrumors newbie

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    I ran this in Safari 5 on an Early 2008 MBP (on battery power, no less) and managed to make it through the whole performance without my fans kicking on once. I can barely make it through the first few minutes of a show on hulu without hearing the whine of my fans.

    So maybe it was some combination of your hardware/software?

    More generally speaking, I think this was a fantastic display of what this technology is capable of. It was also exceptionally beautiful.
     
  8. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    If it requires one of two browsers, which make up a small market share, then what is the point? I'd rather what people are doing that can be seen with any modern browser. Otherwise it's no different than all those sites that say "IE 6 is required to view this site" on them.
     
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    Didn't bog my machine down at all, but it did open the extra tabs. Then I noticed that the video was playing in one, then moved to another, and so on. I think it may have something to do with the "Force new windows to open in tabs" feature that I enabled.

    BTW, I'm using Safari 5.0.1 on Mac OS X 10.6.4.

    I'm trying it in Chrome now…

    EDIT: Worked great in Chrome, probably would've worked fine in Safari if I hadn't enabled that hidden feature.

    jW
     
  11. Cabbit thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Yes i had to disable "Force new windows to open in tabs" as well to get the full effect. And mind guys this is a tech demo, they can't help that IE9 isn't out yet.
     
  12. squier macrumors newbie

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    Very cool tech demo, on my 2008 macbook it was using up ~25% of one core which is amazing compared to flash.

    It's a tech demo of what's possible with HTML5, that's the point. All browsers will eventually be able to play it but safari and chrome are currently the only ones compliant enough to play it correctly.
     
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    Brillliant tech demo, and a nice mellow tune to go with it.

    I use Chrome everyday anyway, and it worked as flawlessly as it could on my 2.33 MBP.

    Thanks for sharing babyjenniferLB :)
     
  14. Cabbit thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Tried it on Firefox and it works just not as fluid, so my recommendation stands to try this with Safari or Chrome.
     
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    This is the definition of Transmedia, or digital storytelling.

    What an awesome concept! And I really like Arcade Fire!
     
  16. SailorTom macrumors regular

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    This is awesome. One of the best things I've seen in a long time. Thanks for posting!

    Now to find a use for it...
     
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    Same here on my old XP machine, Athon X2 with 2gb Ram. Pretty much crashed Chrome.

    I do have a Vista machine and Windows 7 which can handle it.
     
  18. UTclassof89 macrumors 6502

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    "Please shut down other programs and close unnecessary browser tabs. "
    --from the front page

    Never had to do that on a Flash site.

    (and in Safari 4 on in 10.4.8 it never, ever loads)

    EDIT: finally loaded, but the flock of birds on the front page causes Safari to take 96%-99% of CPU. I see a lot of potential in HTML 5 (280slides.com is actually useful!), but I'll keep Flash, thank you (they aren't exclusive, ya know).
     
  19. UTclassof89 macrumors 6502

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    Agreed! it illustrates that any technology can be used badly.

    (I can't help but think if a site exactly like that was done in Flash, people would hold it up as the epitome of everything that's wrong with Flash)
     
  20. Cabbit thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Flash would make my machine melt, and it would only be for the video in that case. You still need the HTML and Javascript to make the site work.

    And to the point of it crashing your browser etc, it is very buggy and it even crashed my browser the first time but i expected that from a tech demo. It's like making a game without much prior knowledge of openGL and wondering why it is running so slow.
     
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    This ran beautifully on my aluminum MacBook. I was decoding a video at the time which made it even more impressive.
     
  22. UTclassof89 macrumors 6502

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    Exactly my point: Flash doesn't have a monopoly on developers who try to push too much data, build unintuitive interfaces, or stop to ask "even though i can do this, should I do this?"
     
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    i was using chrome and it opened a bunch of new windows, but it did clean them up
     
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    Pretty cool stuff. My MBP went up to 90 degrees watching it though :eek:
     
  25. Cabbit thread starter macrumors 68020

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    This is nothing to do with flash, if they wanted they could have used Flash video but that would have killed the performance even more.

    A Flash developer would have to do this with HTML5, Javascript and Flash Video, And as for all tech demos be them in Flash, HTML, Java, PHP, or even OpenGL its about pushing the possibilities.
     

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