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Configuration

Before you can deploy your first killer communication app, you need to first understand how FCS is configured. I recommend accepting all the default settings when installing the server so that the tutorials are easier to follow. In addition to deciding where the server gets installed, you have to select default port numbers, an admin name and password, and whether you plan to host files from a particular web server the installer finds on your machine. (Realize that FCS isn’t a web server but rather a server that runs in conjunction with your web server.) Luckily, all the settings you make during installation can be adjusted later by editing the configuration files.

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Authoring Communication Apps on Macintosh

You can download and install the “authoring components” for Macintosh. However, you won’t be able to run the server: It only works on Windows 2000/XP and Linux. The authoring components are just the communication components and the documentation. Authoring on the Mac involves having FCS running somewhere else. The main difference is that when your movie connects to FCS it must specify an absolute path to the server, whereas on Windows you can optionally use a relative path. Incidentally, these authoring components get installed on Windows when you install the server (provided you have already installed Flash).



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