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  • Title: :::: xical.org ::::
    Descriptive info: .. 11.. 12.. 2013.. xical.. org.. About.. Screenshots.. Xical Player.. Documentation.. FAQ.. Roadmap.. Downloads.. Xical 2.. 1 released.. 0 finally is finished and packed for.. download.. (xical-2.. 1-all).. Have fun with this great new release and a bucket load of new features!.. - Phillip.. 2004.. Active Content AG.. ,.. richdale friends..

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  • Title: :::: xical.org ::::
    Descriptive info: /.. Xical :: Open Source Rich Media Framework.. Xical :: What can it do? How does it work?.. Xical :: Who made it? And why?.. About Xical.. Xical.. is the home of the Xical Open Source Rich Media Framework, the Xical player and the accompanying specifications.. Here you will always find the newest releases of Xical, general information on Xical and a growing repository of documentation and specifications on Xical.. Whether you are a corporate or  ...   you are currently evaluating different ways of distributing content or providing a modern e-learning experience to your employees, contractors or clients or whether you are just curious about what this Xical thing is all about: This is the place for you to look.. Have fun looking around and let us know if you have any suggestions for enhancing xical.. The Xical Team.. org is powered by the industry strength open source web content management system.. typo3..

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  • Title: :::: xical.org ::::
    Descriptive info: Some screenshots of the lastest major release, Xical 2.. 1.. (click to enlarge)..

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  • Title: :::: xical.org ::::
    Descriptive info: An Introduction to Xical.. Watch Xical's origin: Phillip Richdale, once the brain behind Xical, gave this talk on.. introduction and working demonstration of Xical.. using an early version of the Xixal player.. For modern versions of Xical please watch the activities of Active Content AG on their.. website.. Don't forget: You need the free.. Macromedia Flash Plugin or Player.. to watch this.. For Linux users: the Flash Player/Plugin 6 works as well..

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  • Title: :::: xical.org ::::
    Descriptive info: Tags.. The first draft of the Xical Tag Reference Table for release 2 is now.. available.. It is also part of /doc in.. Xicals CVS repository..

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  • Title: :::: xical.org ::::
    Descriptive info: Xical starts but doesn't show anything / Xical stops loading before the presentation is finished.. It's probably the main XML file.. The problem could be one of these: A tag isn't closed (a missing '>').. A tag is closed once to often '>>'.. A tag is opened twice (f.. e.. you've got a ' scene ' followed by another scene before a ' /scene '.. In very rare occasions it may be that the Macromedia Flash plugin has problems with special characters, such as german umlaute.. But that's usually not the case.. Keep in mind: Flash and thus Xical is *very* picky with broken XML.. Which is good, as XML was intended to be strikt.. Future versions will have a little error handling and will give you a little more information on what's wrong rather than just not running.. Until then you can do the following to prevent to much frustration:.. - Write the XML file in little chunks, like for instance, scene by scene.. - Use the demo file as reference when building your own.. - Test often.. What do I need to make Xical presentations/tutorials/'apps'?.. As a minimum you need an Editor, preferably one that has tools or extensions for XML-editing.. I personally prefer the java-based open source editor.. Jedit.. If you want to add pictures to your Xical presentation you might need a pixel image editor, such as.. Gimp.. If you want to include sounds, such as speech or music you have to have a tool to convert your audiofiles to mp3 format.. Audacity.. is a feature rich open source audio editor that runs on many plattforms.. If you want to integrate your own Flash animations into a Xical application you'll need a Flash tool.. See flash question for details.. To test and view your Xical application you'll need the Flash plugin or player.. You can.. get them here.. for all major plattforms, including Linux, of course.. Can I make Flash Animations with Xical without using a Flash IDE?.. No.. Apart from Xical itself, that is.. Xical, in essence, is a Flash 'animation' so to speak (actually, it's rather a Flash.. application.. ).. But you can integrate into Xical existing Flash animations or the ones you've made with a Flash IDE, or any swf compiler like Ming or comparable tools.. If you are using Linux you may want to check out.. F4L.. or.. Spalah.. If you are a manly developer with hairs on your chest ;-) or think you can manage without a GUI, there are some very interesting and powerful flash tools and libraries, such as.. SSWF.. and the.. Ming.. flash compiler.. Are those all possible layouts/'visuals'?.. Currently yes.. If you want to add new ones you'll have to put them directly into Xical, including the code that instances that visual for a given scene and positions the elvo and all that.. It isn't that difficult, since this part of Xical is coded fairly clean, but you'll need to fire up your Flash IDE in order to change things.. Once  ...   code changes that you've tested with a demo version or a student version of Macromedia Flash, just send in the.. fla,.. as or the corrected lines, we'll patch them in asap.. Where are the.. as files?.. There are none.. Not yet.. Yes, that's very embarrasing and we are very ashamed.. But all code is already concentrated in two or three places, so we willl get around to separating the ActionScript code from the.. fla real soon now and we all will be in distributed developement heaven then.. If you feel on top of things and would like to help clean up the existing Xical base in order to make future developement easier you are welcome to join.. Either way, tearing Xical to chunky kibbles and rebuilding it in a more professional manner is at the very top of the to-do list.. Promise.. Update: Xical 2 has all but some bindings and preloader code in seperate.. as files located in the /lib directory of the developement package.. You can download that from sourceforge CVS.. We will soon release a Xical 2.. zip package for download.. What does 'elvo'/'elmo' mean?.. 'elvo' stands for.. 'externally loaded visual object'.. , 'elmo' stands for.. 'externally loaded media object'.. The latter is a more broader term.. Both refer to the objects (pixel-images, vector-images, flash-clips or mp3-sounds) that are referenced in your main Xical XML file and externally loaded into your Xical application during runtime.. Hence the name.. What does Xical mean?.. Xical is an acronym for.. 'eXtendend Integrated Component Architecture Learning'.. But being an open source project, there can be other perfectly valid variants of this acronym.. Of course there also is the must-have recursive version.. 'Xical Is Computer Aided Learning'.. If you can think of any other feel free to mail us you suggestion.. If it's good (or funny) enough, we'll add it to the list.. How is 'Xical' pronounced?.. Xical has different pronounciations, depending on which country you're from.. In German it would sound like 'Ksi-Kul'.. The two official English / international pronounciations are 'cycle' or 'K-cycle', with the 'K' leading right into the first 'c' of cycle.. Both are appropriate.. org and Typo3 suck.. I want to help and redo it with [fill in flashy avantgarde open source CMS here].. That's nice, thanks for the constructive critique.. But: the CMS is currently administred by a professional German web design company called.. 'Gestaltende'.. and I think they aren't doing half-bad.. Admitted, typo3 has it's learning curve and maybe even the one or other quirk, but since it's only me managing the site right now nobody is hurt.. And to be honest, I'm getting used to typo3.. It's quite cool actually.. It's loaded with features and I'm also getting used to all those nice little icons and the clicking around.. :-).. Once xical.. org starts buzzing we're going to make extensive use of it's user management, for instance.. And as for the site design: We like it.. And, admit it, it's way better than most other OSS sites ;-)..

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  • Title: :::: xical.org ::::
    Descriptive info: Xical 2 Features (upcoming release).. better load debugging and referencing of document error position / no hanging on dead links.. independent, automatic internal scene numbering.. externally loaded visuals.. postion elvos/elmos according to the reference elvos in the visuals rather than by numerical _x/_y positioning.. make a proper menu object as base reference for the entire presentation, call scenes by generated scene number rather that scene titles.. Which, right now must be unique in order to work properly - a bad hack.. Unique scene titles are good style, but Xical  ...   server side apps, (multiple choice results, etc.. ).. auto-play (move on when scene-sound is finished and next scene is loaded).. Proposed Post 2.. 0 Features.. Basic colors editable from outside (XML File).. Different navigation bars (variants).. Visual 'kits' and themes / Layoutvariants, chooseable by the user.. Variant aspect ratios.. Flash-lite version of Xical for PDAs (with own aspect ratios and visuals/themes).. More Proposed Features.. XML based visuals and layouts (swf independent).. Extended Xical functionality (application simulation and tutorial functions with active hinting).. Elvo-based bash-emulator for linux/os-x/unix tutorials (seperate project?)..

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  • Title: :::: xical.org ::::
    Descriptive info: The current release package is.. xical-all-2.. zip.. at sourceforge.. net and the asociated mirrors.. Have fun!..

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  • Title: :::: xical.org ::::
    Descriptive info: What is Xical?.. is, in essence, a player for media rich presentations, e-learning lectures, tutorials and webinars (Gee, look, Buzzword!).. Xical is designed and programmed in Flash and ActionScript and runs on Macromedias OS-agnostic Flash browser-plugin or player in version 6 or higher.. Xical doesn't need a Flash IDE.. You do.. not.. need a Macromedia Flash IDE or a platform running any proprietary  ...   advantage of Xical over other solutions.. All you need to make a media intense Xical based presentation can be provided by open source software such as, for instance, the Gimp (GNU Image Manipulation Program) or Audacity (an open source audio editing tool).. You'll only need a working Macromedia Flash plugin or player, version 6 or higher to actually test and run your Xical applications..

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  • Title: :::: xical.org ::::
    Descriptive info: What can you do with Xical?.. With Xical you can produce web-based slide shows, tutorials, tests and whatever else you can think of that can make use of integrated rich media, such as audio (speech and music), video, animations or interactive visual diagrams and the likes.. You can also use Xical to make distributable presentations that run locally.. So you can use Xical just like you would use any other media rich presentation application.. In fact, Xical offers a solid base of mechanisims and framework for exactly that.. It's just extended with caching mechanisims to ensure near simular presentation expierience, regardless whether you use Xical over the web or just locally, on a computer with no connection to a network.. How does Xical work?.. The.. Xical player.. is a small Flash/ActionScript application.. As of now, the time of it's first stable release into the public (April 2004), it's roughly 60 to 100 KB in size, depending on what features and visual components you want to be integrated.. Since Xical is aimed to become.. everyone's.. prime choice for flexible and media rich presentations, web-based or not, it's size  ...   then loads the main.. Xical XML document.. - which is basically the center of all of Xicals activities that the author of a Xical preresentation wants to control.. This main document then is scanned by Xical for references to external files, scene headlines, scene numbers and other rough-grained data.. Links to external media components are internally assigned to load lists and enhanced caching algorithims and then loaded and cached by Xical in the order in which they will appear in the Xical presentation.. All this happens independently of the presentation itself, thus providing a seamless, streaming-like presentation.. Xical caching algorithm.. , which is another big part of what Xical is all about, does a whole lot of things to ensure optimal use of bandwidth, such as avoiding the double-loading of dupes.. Let's say, for instance, a tune that is played both at the start and the end of a presentation and thus is referenced at the start and the end of the main Xical document, is loaded only once the first time it is called and then kept in cache for any other occasions it may be needed..

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  • Title: :::: xical.org ::::
    Descriptive info: richdale & friends and Active Content AG.. The open source rich media framework Xical is a result of a long time of work, cooperation and expertise in e-learning, web based knowlege management and content syndication.. 'Active Content AG'.. is one of Germany's leading providers of professional e-learning solutions and e-learning project management.. 'richdale & friends'.. is a small group of e-lancers (Gee, look, Buzzword!), with, amongst other things, a track record of successful, sophisticated web and data-migration applications, e-learning projects and a thourough focus and dedication towards open source software.. The origins of Xical.. Xical is based on core components and implementations of various e-learning solutions developed by richdale & friends and Active Content AG throughout the the year 2000.. Mostly for various clients in the field of professional training.. Usually e-learning frameworks are built almost entirely from scratch for each project.. On top of that, collaboration on a professional scale is next to impossible for media designers and programmers in the field.. Often this is also due to the strong proprietary nature of multimedia developement enviroments.. All these disadvantages are even stronger if the resulting e-learning enviroment is supposed to provide media rich presentations of it's content.. With Xical, Active Content AG  ...   e-learning application to a different language usually was a long and resource hungry task to acomplish.. And often required the designers and programmers to do such work themselves, as core components essential to the behaviour of such applications and the actual language were closely entangled.. With Xical translating a flash e-learning tutorial is not much more difficult than updating HTML-documents on a modern web-oriented content management system.. Why build something groundbreaking like Xical and then release it as open source?.. The people and companies who provided the first production grade version of Xical always have been strong believers in a service oriented approach to IT related business.. Some people involved in Xical are strong open source advocates, while others strive to push the envelope in technologies that provide a better end-user experience without getting in the way of developement and the extension of business fields.. All together we believe that Xical can unfold it's full potential as an open source product and that an open sourced Xical also has the strength to provide means of.. standardization in the rich media and e-learning field.. Standards which are desperately needed in order for the wide area of media-intense content to finally grow up and mature..

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