Meanwhile, back in the README file

I've just spent the last day trying to get Adobe's Flash developer suite to install so that I could compile an FLA file to a SWF. I started with Windows emulation and Wine. I found after getting everything set up it would have never worked. Fail. Then I spent a chunk of time getting VMWare Server (beta 2) working with lots of thanks to Leigh. Using the install disk that came with my laptop (which has never been used) I proceeded to install Vista on a 16G partition of my laptop harddrive. That took a long time. And then I downloaded Flash (again) but this time into the other part of the machine (seemed faster than figuring out shared partitions). Installed Flash (which took another long time). Went looking for the FLA file only to find that it was actually an MXP file (an extension). Double clicking on the extension resulted in Flash giving me nasty looks. So I went back and read the README file again.

This product is distributed in two forms: as a Macromedia/Adobe Extension and as a compiled SWF for web developers without a supported version of Flash.

Compiled? Already? And sitting in my computer? Twice? Can I please have the last 24 hours of my life back? I promise to read the documentation next time instead of just looking at the pictures in the install directory. PROMISE.

In other news: I'm very happy to now have my own testing environment for Windows. I will no longer have to email friends and ask them to take screen shots for me when I'm working on new Web sites. This is me putting a positive spin on things. Raise a hand if you don't think I sound entirely convinced yet...

Personally, I found

Personally, I found Virtualbox to be a whole lot less painful to setup. Even a couple of my computer-challenged friends who switched over to ubuntu managed to get it going.

But yeah, having windows is still needed if you're doing any kind of cross-platform development. Being able to have it right inside linux and not having to dualboot is even a bigger bonus.

I'll second the comment on

I'll second the comment on virtualbox. I used vmware for awhile, but after testing vbox, I've never looked back. Its soooo much easier to configure, and has all the features I need for testing xp/etc. in a virtual machine.

Oh and readme's are yur friend. heh heh. (from the school of "been there/done that".)

Agreed, VirtualBox FTW. OSS

Agreed, VirtualBox FTW. OSS software (GPL even) with Sun behind it, good all around, at least in a dev/testing environment. Though I think Ubuntu Intrepid still won't boot under VirtualBox, unless that's been fixed in the past couple of days.

I use VMware Server on my work laptop, but we're using VMware ESX and ESXi, and I have enough to do there without mentally shifting hypervisor paradigms all the time.

Readme's are good. But I usually Google my problems before I go to the Readme, and 95% of the time I find posts from people who also haven't read the Readme, have gone through the pain, and have then posted the answer on their blog. ;)


Would be of any help to you?

"Generates screenshots of how websites appear at 800x600 and 1024x768 resolution in six commonly used web browsers."

Another vote for

Another vote for browsershots here. It does much more than just the top six browsers though. All sorts of browsers on all sorts of platforms. You never need to speak to your friends again! ;)

Everything is better with

Everything is better with wine, especially if you are dealing with stuff that is not working.... oh wait a minute, you mean an implementation thing or something... oh, OK. I guess I should go back to my knitting and cooking, mmmh, and wine, yes.

aww.... your own Win Testing

aww.... your own Win Testing Platform???? But now, now you'll never email me!!!! :(

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