October 10, 2002
System.Product()

Just when you think that there are no more white areas on the Flash MX map, an interesting thread on Flashcoders comes along. The new terra incognita is called System.Product() and it looks like it is meant for future expansions of Flash. At the moment you cannot do much with it but play around a little.

Try this:
var foo = new System.Product("test");
foo.download()

The result is a popup window that you probably have not seen before. It tries to connect to something called "Macromedia Flash Central" and it wants to connect to https://www.macromedia.com/bin/flashdownload.cgi which at the moment only creates a redirect.

But there seems to be more. If you try this (under Windows that is):

var foo = new System.Product("notepad");
foo.Launch()

And you copy "notepad.exe" to ApplicationData\Macromedia\FlashPlayer\www.macromedia.com\bin\notepad\ (in other languages the path might be different) it will be launched by Flash. Well, isn't that something? One could think about doing a kind of flash based launchpad perhaps.

In this context fits another interesting link. Ralf Siegel has prepared a nice diagram that shows all the built-in objects/function objects that Flash has to offer. Perhaps you find some area that could need a little bit more exploring...

Posted at October 10, 2002 11:22 AM | Further reading
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So where exactly do you create this folder, in the C: drive root directory, or where?

Posted by: Rob on October 13, 2002 06:01 AM

The location of this folder depends on your OS. Try to search for "www.macromedia.com", the correct path will be among the search results. On my machine for example it is: "C:\Dokumente und Einstellungen\Mario Klingemann\Anwendungsdaten\Macromedia\Flash Player\www.macromedia.com\bin\"

Posted by: coma2mario on October 13, 2002 12:26 PM
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