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by jmk_phd
Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:33 am
Forum: Getting Started with LiveCode - Experienced Developers
Topic: Cross-platform stack files
Replies: 19
Views: 843

Re: Cross-platform stack files

Thanks all for your support and suggestions for stress reduction. As a psychologist, I taught university-based stress-management courses for nearly 20 years, so the squeeze-bag and hollering at one's spouse alternatives are very familiar, albeit mostly ineffective. My own solution in this case has b...
by jmk_phd
Sun Mar 03, 2019 2:19 am
Forum: Getting Started with LiveCode - Experienced Developers
Topic: Cross-platform stack files
Replies: 19
Views: 843

Re: Cross-platform stack files

My thanks to everyone for helping to troubleshoot the corrupted datafile stack. The problem turns out to have been far more mundane and tangential to LiveCode itself: The client had tampered with the structure of the stack file. I’ve finally received this email reply to my inquiries: I must have mes...
by jmk_phd
Sat Mar 02, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: Getting Started with LiveCode - Experienced Developers
Topic: Cross-platform stack files
Replies: 19
Views: 843

Re: Cross-platform stack files

My thanks to all. I'm very much aware that you're volunteering your time here. In reply to forum member "bogs" : You are entirely right that I ought not rule out the possibility that the stack file simply was corrupted in transit. The client employs a university mail server that can be a bit flakey....
by jmk_phd
Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Getting Started with LiveCode - Experienced Developers
Topic: Cross-platform stack files
Replies: 19
Views: 843

Re: Cross-platform stack files

Richard -- Thanks for your reply. In fairness to Craig, I should've been more explicit that while the app works fine on *each* platform, I've never before tried to open a datafile stack created in the Win version on a Mac (or vice versa). (Inasmuch as these datafiles contain confidential information...
by jmk_phd
Fri Mar 01, 2019 1:00 am
Forum: Getting Started with LiveCode - Experienced Developers
Topic: Cross-platform stack files
Replies: 19
Views: 843

Cross-platform stack files

My cross-platform (Mac/Win) app saves a datafile generated by the app as a LC stack file, which can be opened/read later to generate a report of the results. It's worked fine on each platform for over a year. However, a client just sent me a datafile stack generated on a Win computer that can't be r...
by jmk_phd
Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:27 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Taskbar/notifications issue
Replies: 3
Views: 495

Re: Taskbar/notifications issue

Update: The colleague who volunteered to stress-test the Windows version of my app reports that in fact the unwanted taskbar pop-up occurs even when not connected to the internet. I've since learned that unwanted taskbar pop-ups have been vexing Windows users since the introduction of Windows 10. As...
by jmk_phd
Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:46 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Taskbar/notifications issue
Replies: 3
Views: 495

Re: Taskbar/notifications issue

Thanks, SparkOut. I'd considered using systemWindow for my cross-platform app, but the LC dictionary entry states that this has no effect in macOS. (Curiously, a respondent to the corresponding entry on the LC Wiki claimed that this was not so, at least for an older version of macOS.) Before I compl...
by jmk_phd
Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:59 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Taskbar/notifications issue
Replies: 3
Views: 495

Taskbar/notifications issue

My cross-platform Mac/Win app displays a series of geometric figures (white on a black background). To each item the test subject must respond by pressing a number key 1 through 4. (All other keys are ignored.) In order to emulate the original 1940s version of the test and avoid distraction, in the ...
by jmk_phd
Tue Oct 16, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Future of LC?
Replies: 44
Views: 4488

Future of LC?

Today I received yet another email offer to add two more years to my Indy subscription for the price of one. I've already extended my subscription past 2020, which -- given my age -- may already outlast me. Back in the early 1990s I adopted the Prograph IDE -- from a company out of Nova Scotia -- to...
by jmk_phd
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:08 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Valid locations saving pref files
Replies: 6
Views: 695

Re: Valid locations saving pref files

Hi AxWald -- Thanks much for your feedback. If the problem using specialFolderPath(35) persists, I definitely will give your approach a try. Your code snippet is yet another important reminder to include scrupulous error-checking in my code. All too easy simply to assume that a routine will work as ...
by jmk_phd
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Valid locations saving pref files
Replies: 6
Views: 695

Re: Valid locations saving pref files

You wrote: I don't think it should be a user-set security problem, possibly the user account you have signed in as only has guest access rights, but I'd have thought you would have noticed other restrictions already. You give me too much credit. Although I've been programming for the Mac since the i...
by jmk_phd
Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Valid locations saving pref files
Replies: 6
Views: 695

Re: Valid locations saving pref files

Hi, SparkOut -- Thanks much for confirming that Windows already restricts write access to the "Program Files" directory. I had in fact already employed your recommended specialFolderPath(35) in my original code in the case that the platform function returned "Win32". This failed. However, when I rew...
by jmk_phd
Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:32 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Valid locations saving pref files
Replies: 6
Views: 695

Valid locations saving pref files

It's my understanding that recent versions of macOS do not permit writing files to the Applications folder, so (a) I create a subfolder in the Documents folder to store generated documents as PDF files, and (b) write a blowfish-encrypted text file to the user's Preferences folder -- specialFoldersPa...
by jmk_phd
Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:32 am
Forum: Mac OS
Topic: Old standalones work, IDE versions don't
Replies: 16
Views: 2142

Re: Old standalones work, IDE versions don't

Jacque -- Thanks so much! The two lines of code that you recommended be added immediately after the answer command did indeed resolve the problem. Upon clicking the "OK" button in the answer dialog, the test items again responded to keyboard presses without first needing to click on the frontmost wi...
by jmk_phd
Tue Jul 17, 2018 2:01 am
Forum: Mac OS
Topic: Old standalones work, IDE versions don't
Replies: 16
Views: 2142

Re: Old standalones work, IDE versions don't

Jacque and Craig -- Thanks so much for your replies. I've tried inserting a "set the defaultStack..." at various points in the script, none of which has enabled the app to perform properly as it had done a year or so ago. (It's currently still necessary to click once on the frontStack with the displ...

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