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Official FFR Standalone Thread!


This guide is designed to help you use a Flash Standalone player to play on the FFR engines. If you're experiencing lag on FFR trying to play in your internet browser, this is your solution!

If you have a general idea what you are doing, here is the quick version with the basics for you to run FFR.
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Originally Posted by DossarLX ODI View Post
tl;dr version

- Download a flash player (see below in step one for links)
- Open up flash player
- File --> Open
- For the location type in http://www.flashflashrevolution.com/...y/ffr_Wide.swf or http://www.flashflashrevolution.com/ffrndanotherway.swf
Quick terminology to be sure everything is clear:
Legacy Engine = The original FFR engine, found on the site here (and labeled as FFR the Game).
Velocity Engine = The second FFR engine, found on the site here (and labeled as FFR the Beta).
Web Browser = what you're surfing the net in right now (often IE, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, etc).
Playing FFR in a browser = Playing FFR on the site on it's designated pages (found above).
.SWF = ShockWave File (alternatively Small Web File), this is the extension of the engines themselves located on the website.
Standalone Flash Player = This is NOT something connected with a browser (stand alone). It is a separate file created by Macromedia Flash, one that you download and install (you'll see how below) to run flash applications.

There are four sections to the guide below.

1) You will need to download a Flash Player Standalone, as this is what runs the engine.
2) You will need to find the appropriate .swf link for the engine you wish to run.
3) [Official FFR Only] You will need to log in on Internet Explorer (regardless of the browser you use) for your scores to record.
4) You will need to open the engine link in the standalone to run it.

That being said, here is the breakdown on each. Feel free to skip steps that do not apply to your situation.


STEP ONE


Flash Player Standalone

You will need a Flash Player to run the standalone. The list of current options for Flash Players consists of the links below.
----> Click on a link below, and a download of a .zip folder should start. Once it has completed, unzip the folder [extract the files] and store the folder in a location where you can find it again. I will come back to using this in the next few steps. If for some reason the .zip download above does not work, go to this link to find the whole download list.

WINDOWS USERS
a) Flash 8
b) Flash 9
c) Flash 10
d) Flash 11
e) Flash 12
MAC USERS
a) Flash 9
b) Flash 10
c) Flash 11
d) Flash 12
LINUX USERS
a) Flash 9
b) Flash 10
c) Flash 11
d) No Flash 12 support for Linux as of 1/20/2014

These links will all play the standalone engines, but performance results will vary from person to person. Generally we hear better feedback about Flash 9 when running FFR, due to the engine being written in AS2 as opposed to AS3, but this does not necessarily mean that Flash 9 will run better on your computer. You will have to try each out to really decide which works best.



STEP TWO


.swf Files

You'll want to find the proper link to the engine you wish to run, as you'll be needing the link to load the engine in the standalone. Right click (or open the page) and copy the link to the engine you want to run.


ENGINE LINKS


Official FFR Engines:
Legacy Engine // Legacy Engine Multiplayer
Velocity Engine // Velocity Engine Multiplayer
R^2 Engine (original Beta engine)
R^3 Engine (true Beta engine -- discussion thread here ... Multiplayer link is the same)

Other Engine Links (Non-official)


Hakulytes Engine:
This engine (set up by Hakulyte) is an engine for Isolation Files (files that are cut to focus on one part of a song, such as the trill in Crowdpleaser)
Legacy // Velocity // R3 XML


Dragonsfury Engine:
This engine (set up by TC_Halogen and psychoangel691) was the engine for a part of the FFR community during the period where FFR was down
Legacy // Velocity // R3 XML


FFRMania Engine:
Created by Tarrik, PrawnSkunk, and foxfire667 this engine hosts entire Stepmania packs! Still a work in progress as far as uploading goes.
Legacy // Velocity // R3 XML


Team Indeed Engines:
These engines (hosted by qqwref and DossarLX ODI) host files specifically for Team Indeed and Dossar's tournaments
Velocity // Dossar's Tournament Legacy // Dossar's Tournament Velocity


Community Engine:
This engine (hosted by justin_ator) is designed to be an engine for files of anyone interested in getting a file out to an engine. Dumps, Play-testing, Old FFR files, and plenty of other songs can be found here
Legacy // Velocity // Velocity Beta // R3 XML


Team Fur Engine:
This engine (hosted by Yoshl) is the engine for Team Fur
Legacy // Velocity


Team Blaze Engine:
This engine (hosted by Charu & reuben_tate) is the engine for Team Blaze
Legacy // Velocity // R3 XML


Using R3 Engine XML's
Credit to Charu:
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Originally Posted by Charu View Post
Oh yeah, folks. I was helping Arc with this when he was testing it out, but... you all might be wondering what he meant by this.

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Originally Posted by arcnmx View Post
The game can also be used to play additional songs from alternate engine playlists.
Well, it's exactly what it sounds. With this new build, you can play alternate engine songs using FFR's R^3 engine. Better unifying an all in one package, oho.

For example sake, I'm going to use the Team Blaze engine since we have that.

Under options, you'll notice something called "engine playlist" and it'll ask for input. Well...

Using this link: http://teamblaze.zxq.net/r3.xml or any above xml link

And then selecting Team Blaze Engine as it loads up... You can access our playlist and even load our level swfs using R^3.

EDIT: ALSO, here's a neat feature. You can actually play MP with alternate engine songs, granted the opponent is ALSO using R^3.





STEP THREE


Logging in on Standalone

You'll have to follow this process to log in and have scores record on the official FFR engines.

1) Open Internet Explorer (even if you don't typically use it).
2) Go to Internet Options --> Security Options, and uncheck the box that says Enable Protected Mode (example)
3) Check the "Remember Me" box before logging into FFR on IE.
4) Log in.
5) Re-enable Protected mode (same way you turned it off) if you want.

This can all be viewed in this video tutorial made by rushyrulz




STEP FOUR


Running the Engine

This can be simple for some people, harder for others. It all depends on what security measures you are running, etc.

-To start, open the Flash Standalone Player file that you saved. (example)
-Go to File, then Open
-Paste an engine link from the list of swf links below into the url input box (example)
-Click okay, and the window will open.

*Here is where the process can vary.




--If your Flash Player displays a message saying it has stopped an unsafe operation, [see pic] then you may need to go into the security options for your browser's Flash, and "Allow" the Standalone permission to run [see pic, and select the .swf file under 'choose location']
If it isn't starting correctly, an authentication test fails, or you keep getting logged out, then you probably need to Login using Internet Explorer as shown in the previous step.
If there are other various problems that are showing up, clear your cache in Internet Explorer (Internet Options, Delete Browsing History, and only select Temporary Internet Files) and try reloading the engine.

ALSO! After you have worked through this and the engine is running, go to File and click Create Projector. This will create an exe file that will automatically do the above steps when you click it. That way, you don't have to repeat this process every time. Save this somewhere you can find it, to play later!


LAG REDUCTION

If the standalone is lagging for you, here are a few options you can try:

Hardware Acceleration:

If you are having issues with R^3 on rates, it's likely because of hardware acceleration (and you're welcome to test this for other lag issues as well)

Quick explanation of what the issue could be:
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Originally Posted by Zageron View Post
This is likely because Skype uses hardware acceleration properly, and flash does not. When Skype is "activated" your video card would turn itself into high power mode to run whatever was necessary for Skype, when the notification is over the video card returns to low power mode.
That in mind, here is the option to fix it, for some users. If you use something else, you'll have to do a little searching to find the proper way to fix hardware acceleration:
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Originally Posted by Zageron View Post
If you have an NVidia video card, you can find your standalone executable and register it into the profiles area in the NV Control Panel. Reduce the prerendered frame count to 1, and force high performance mode.

This may help, it may not. (If you use an Intel Embeded graphics system or an ATI card, I don't know how to force high performance modes. )
PrawnSkunk stated this as well:
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Originally Posted by PrawnSkunk View Post
In dxdiag, I noticed directx hardware acceleration was enabled by default. So, I downloaded the DirectX Control Panel 9.0c, and unchecked "Use Hardware Acceleration" on the Direct3D and DirectDraw tabs.



Gamebooster:
Download and run Gamebooster, to try to eliminate extra processes that might not really need to be running. This works for some, but not for all.



Themes: GIVE THIS A TRY, IT WORKS BETTER THAN YOU'D THINK
Believe it or not, running the Windows 7, Aero, or Vista theme and appearance on your computer can actually make the game lag for some people (myself included). To help reduce that lag, you might consider changing the theme and layout to Windows Classic for the times you play FFR. (right click on desktop, appearance options, etc.)



Windows Performance Changes for XP and Vista:
1.Go to start.
2.Right click computer.
3.Click properties.
4.Then on the bottom left it will say performance click that.
5.Then Click adjust visual effects.
6.Then click the bubble that says best performance.



Windows Performance Changes for Windows 7:
1. Start.
2. Right click computer.
3. Click properties.
4. On the left sidebar, click 'Advanced system settings'.
5. Click the advanced tab.
6. Under 'Performance', click on the 'Settings' button.
7. Click the radio button that says 'Adjust for best performance'.
8. Click 'Ok'.



Data Storage on the Standalone:
V-Ormix suggested Right clicking on the flash player and going into the settings tab to allow Unlimited Storage (you right click in the flash player screen, like if you accidentally right clicked while playing FFR).



CCleaner:
You can download CCleaner here to try and remove unnecessary processes that are running on your computer.



Program Priority:
You can go to your computer's Task Manager, click the Processes tab, right click the Flash Player, and set priority to 'Real Time' or the Highest Priority




If there are any questions/complaints/comments, post in the thread and I will try to answer them as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Also, special thanks to these folks for originally helping me perfect the thread and get all the information correct:
psychoangel691
TC_Halogen
DossarLX ODI
rushyrulz

Last edited by justin_ator; 01-20-2014 at 10:55 AM.. Reason: Flash 12
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