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December 05, 2008

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Robin Christopher

Hi Jim, "Is FlashFX really ready for business use?", thanks for your reply. I´ve seen on the bug listed unresolved mpeg2 playback issues, and a statement saying the JavaFX 1.0 no longer runs all the video content as per the installed Windows Media player: this is what´s caused me some concern. I´m aiming to develop high-quality media applications that need excellent multi-threaded support to ensure smooth animation on multiple animation objects, and as a C++ engineer I´m not sure on the capabilities of Java or JavaFX. I´ve seen very slow response from JavaFX apps, another area I´m not sure about: performance. The Flicr image animation sample for example needs a background threat to continue animating the rotating images. As it is, when a user selects an image the background animation stutters. Are my expectations for Java and JavaFX on a standard say 1.6GHz PC with WinXP realistic? Many thanks, Robin

James Weaver

"Is FlashFX really ready for business use? I see a large number of unresolved bugs, and we need to develop a business application to allow users to create a video channel playback list interactively, viewing the first frame of videos, flash and other content, and dragging into a playlist window, then allowing users to set playtime start, length, etc., with the app finally creating a text file with the programme information. Can we do all that with JavaFX at the moment with a rich web application UI?"

Robin,
Yes, I believe that it is! I would like to know what video formats you need to support on which client platforms. My understanding is that whatever is supported by QT will play in JavaFX on the Mac, and whatever is supported by Windows Media Player will play in JavaFX on Windows. According to the following release notes from the JavaFX 1.0 SDK 1.0 Update 1, FLV is supported on both platforms, and there have been some media focused optimizations (e.g. functional changes that enable video to be played as it progressively downloads from a remote server through HTTP requests)
http://java.sun.com/javafx/1/reference/releasenotes/javafx-sdk-u1-release-notes.html

Thanks,
Jim Weaver

Robin Christopher

Is FlashFX really ready for business use? I see a large number of unresolved bugs, and we need to develop a business application to allow users to create a video channel playback list interactively, viewing the first frame of videos, flash and other content, and dragging into a playlist window, then allowing users to set playtime start, length, etc., with the app finally creating a text file with the programme information. Can we do all that with JavaFX at the moment with a rich web application UI?

James Weaver

"All very nice, but although my computer is dual boot I do not want to develop software running Windows."

What platform are you running? The JavaFX SDK 1.0 runs on Mac as well, and I can refer you to links in which the JavaFX SDK 1.0, including NetBeans, works on Linux.

Thanks,
Jim Weaver

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