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2007-06-19
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special characters in file names

EDIT START: It's so funny, not even this forum software is able to recognize special characters... The term "Kche" below should read "K'-special german character-'che"
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When I want to use a descriptive thumbnail name in German like: "Kche" (Kueche, kitchen), the scene name is updated as well - and so is the final (damned jpe format) file name. This will say, I have a file like "kche.jpe" on my server.

EP says, that this is no problem. If a tour is working locally, it works as fine on the server. After all what I know, characters like ", , , " or other international special characters are not valid file name characters.

Take a look at these two tour examples (fullscreen (immervision) and object (ptviewer) tabs don't work, it's only a demonstration for use of special characters)

http://die-panorama-seite.de/umlaute/umlaute.html
http://die-panorama-seite.de/noumlaute/noumlaute.html

The tours are saved in different folders with and without special characters in the file names - You will soon find out which one is which. Both tours are working locally.

Anyone else confirming this with non-english language tours?

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Michael
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2007-06-20
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After having had a look at the examples, EP says, that this IS a problem. They recommend to "better avoid such special characters"

For all of you english speakers, can you imagine what it means to avoid a word like "kitchen" in your tours?

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Michael
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2007-06-21
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I have found this to be a REAL PROBLEM as well. And its not just with special characters. Due to compatibility issues with various platforms, browsers, etc. it is best to avoid uppercase characters and spaces as well as such things as commas apostrophe, ampersand, etc. Yet these are all desirable and useful characters to use in scene names. Unfortunately, TW2 changes your FILENAME to whatever you input as your SCENE NAME! For instance, I add a scene of a living room and dining room. Its filename is 10076_lr_dr. Of course 10076_lr_dr is meaningless as a scene name, so I name the scene Spacious Living & Dining Rooms. TW2 promptly replaces the filename 10076_lr_dr with Spacious Living & Dining Rooms, ultimately resulting in an invalid filename (because of the ampersand).   I feel this is a flaw in the program and a major nuisance- I just haven't had time yet to submit a bug report about it.
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Quote: Originally posted by callgary on June-21-2007
I have found this to be a REAL PROBLEM as well. And its not just with special characters. Due to compatibility issues with various platforms, browsers, etc. it is best to avoid uppercase characters and spaces as well as such things as commas apostrophe, ampersand, etc. Yet these are all desirable and useful characters to use in scene names. Unfortunately, TW2 changes your FILENAME to whatever you input as your SCENE NAME! For instance, I add a scene of a living room and dining room. Its filename is 10076_lr_dr. Of course 10076_lr_dr is meaningless as a scene name, so I name the scene Spacious Living & Dining Rooms. TW2 promptly replaces the filename 10076_lr_dr with Spacious Living & Dining Rooms, ultimately resulting in an invalid filename (because of the ampersand).   I feel this is a flaw in the program and a major nuisance- I just haven't had time yet to submit a bug report about it.


I expected this to be true as well, but did not check this time, because EP explicitely told me in the first answer, that I could use real description names, including all kind of special characters, spaces etc. I just wanted to proof this to be wrong for special characters with my example.

It's as easy as this: I know of NO programmer who would ever use file names with capitals, spaces, special characters - EP programmers do.

When I arange my files, store files in archives etc I have to be able to use names with e.g. timestamp, project name hints, scene descriptions in short, file count numbers etc. When I publish my files I will want to give them a nice name for the user. Both is very important.

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Michael



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