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The T.A.G. SMIL Editors, Part 2

By Scott Clark The T.A.G. Editor 2.0 for RealSystem G2 still has some issues to work through. The T.A.G. Editor 2.0 for RealSystem G2 comes with a Getting Started Tutorial which is supposed to get you up in gear in no time flat. It walks you through the use of the T.A.G. Editor GUI (See Figure 1), and shows you how to create a Multitrack SMIL presentation which uses video, graphics and text. In my experience, however, although it did help to get me familiar with the many aspects of the tool, when I completed the intro project and tried to play it using the G2 player, the player indicated that it could not find some of the files. Repeated attempts weren't successful either, so I manually viewed the SMIL and RealPix files in my favorite editor and tried to figure out what the problem could be.
The T.A.G. Editor 2.0 for RealSystem G2 GUI
Figure 1: The T.A.G. Editor 2.0 for RealSystem G2 GUI
Given that this is a beta, I'll give it some slack, but the problem was that the SMIL/XML code which was generated was just plain incorrect. For whatever reason, the G2 player couldn't find the image files in their subordinate directory, even though they were there, so I moved the SMIL file into the same directory as the image files. It was then able to find the files, but the T.A.G. editor had included a RealMedia file as an image file within the RealPix file, and the SMIL file was also pointing to that same file. I took it out, along with all references to that file in the RealPix file. The G2 player then played the file fine, but each file (the RealText files, the RealMedia file, and the RealPix file) then played in the upper left corner of the G2 player window instead of in each corner as we had specified in the T.A.G. editor. I manually changed it within the SMIL file, and it then played as it was supposed to. Although the concepts and functions of the T.A.G. Editor are great, at this point in time, it would not be much help to beginners who don't know the language. I would tend to believe that the wizard is one of the main reasons why they would be inclined to use this tool to begin with--because they wanted an easier method of creating SMIL presentations. On to the T.A.G. SMIL Editor...


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