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Old 04-19-2017, 07:13 PM   #1
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is there a way to open .dcr files with Linux?


Years ago I posted questions asking how to run Adobe Shockwave player on Linux. Using Wine to run Firefox for Windows worked. . .for a while. The question only arose because I wanted to read the Platinum Grit webcomic archives, so I will not pretend it was an urgent problem—certainly I have never run into anything else that needed that program.

The other day I was reminded of the cartoon, and tried with Chromium and was surprised that it actually downloaded the .dcr file. Looking at the properties, I was interested to see the file described as:
"Image (image/x-kodak-dcr)

In the past I assumed that, because I was using Adobe Shockwave to open the files, that the artist must have been using the same program to prepare them. Is it possible she was using something else, like Kodak Photodesk? ("kodak" really made me wonder) That might be easier to get than Shockwave?
Or do all Shockwave .dcr files include the “kodak” phrase?

Alternately, is there anything out there that would convert .dcr files to some other format? I recently tried an online service called ZamZam, unfortunately without result. I also installed the Darktable program without result.
 
Old 04-19-2017, 07:53 PM   #2
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Maybe give open shot a try.

In the past it worked with my Kodak camera.

If that doesn't work maybe try these alternatives:-

http://alternativeto.net/software/ad...ckwave-player/
 
Old 04-20-2017, 01:17 PM   #3
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um, you certainly don't need wine or windows to view .swf on linux.

but it seems you only brought that up as an example?

so what file are you having difficulties with? could you post or link an actual example?
 
Old 04-20-2017, 01:18 PM   #4
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see https://www.lifewire.com/dcr-file-2620574
 
Old 04-20-2017, 08:01 PM   #5
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I don't think I mentioned .swf files.
My concern is .dcr files, probably produced by Adobe Shockwave (although I am not absolutely sure of this, given the presence of "kodak" in the properties).

Examples can be found here: http://www.platinumgrit.com/comics.htm
in Books 1, 2, and 3 (Book 4 changed to a newer format that is still accessible).

I tried Ztcoracat's suggestions, but neither OpenShot nor the link offered results (the only program on the link that seemed possible was Blender, and it didn't work either).
 
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Old 04-20-2017, 08:31 PM   #6
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You could try using an online converter (eg DCR -> PDF). A quick search turned up a few to choose from.
 
Old 04-20-2017, 08:33 PM   #7
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This link says that the GIMP, among other applications, can open them.
 
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Can the file extention .dcr be changed within the camera settings?

I clicked on Episode 17 "Listen to the Bees' and the only way I could get it to work on my Slackware box was to allow Adobe Flash Player.

Maybe VLC or Handbrake can convert media files:-
https://www.linux.com/learn/how-conv...ia-files-linux

FF Multi Converter
https://www.maketecheasier.com/conve...formats-linux/

Gimp works GREAT for me! Give it a spin.

If those links don't help I'm out of ideas of what else you could try.

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Old 04-20-2017, 10:44 PM   #9
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Looks like it's just a RAW image. Things like darktable can deal with them in place. There's dcraw to convert them to a regular image to open in gimp. Although gimp probably could just open them these days. Not sure about in the .dcr format, but for other RAW image types those work.
 
Old 04-21-2017, 07:56 AM   #10
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I haven't had a chance to do more than read the latest messages, but note that Book 4 (episodes 17, 18, 19, and 20) are a later format that open quite happily,
The first three books are the question.

Looking at the latest entries, I have now visited several of the other online file converters; I only found one that mentioned dcr files, and when I tried it simply returned "unknown error".

I also tried Darktable, but it returns the message "Image not available".

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Old 04-21-2017, 11:22 AM   #11
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it says right there on the page with the comics "streaming shockwave content" or some such.
so it's NOT a raw camera image.
i have downloaded one such file: http://www.platinumgrit.com/issue01.dcr but my offline flashplayer can't deal with it (and i don't use the browser plugin).

also see my answer to a thread you started 1.5 years ago about the very same problem.

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Old 04-21-2017, 01:26 PM   #12
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it says right there on the page with the comics "streaming shockwave content" or some such.
so it's NOT a raw camera image.
i have downloaded one such file: http://www.platinumgrit.com/issue01.dcr but my offline flashplayer can't deal with it (and i don't use the browser plugin).

also see my answer to a thread you started 1.5 years ago about the very same problem.
"Just live with it" is difficult to argue with, although I would not deem it particularly useful.

Although obviously I would like to open the files, there were two secondary questions:

are the files in question created with Adobe Shockwave? I imagine the answer is yes, but I am still puzzled that "kodak" finds its way into the name.

Can the files be converted? (Which is not an idea that even occurred to me years ago) Here the answer seems to be no.

I keep niggling away at this less because I want to reread the comics than because it irks the hell out of me that information can vanish through incompatibilities of this sort, which seems sadly common.
 
Old 04-21-2017, 02:58 PM   #13
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The data doesn't seem particularly random. You could reverse engineer it, with effort. Of course you could have just Alt+PrntScrn to put a copy in your clipboard all those years ago and pasted it to mspaint. Where there's a will, there's a way.
 
Old 04-21-2017, 05:40 PM   #14
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Quote:
are the files in question created with Adobe Shockwave? I imagine the answer is yes, but I am still puzzled that "kodak" finds its way into the name.
It's likely that the DCR files were created using Adobe Director (multimedia authoring platform popular in the 1990s).

Explained well here:
http://files.avanquest.com/file-extension-dcr/

I wonder if is worth trying to contact the authors to provide these legacy comics in a more friendly format? Post a request on their forum perhaps?
http://platinumgrit.websitetoolbox.com/
 
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^ that sounds like sane advice.

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"Just live with it" is difficult to argue with, although I would not deem it particularly useful.
well did you post on the forums that i was useful enough to provide you a link to? what did they say?

my point:
the situation has hardly changed 1.5 years later -

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I am still puzzled that "kodak" finds its way into the name.
it's coincidence. because the file extension, dcr, is also used by kodak cameras.

ok, on a more constructive note:
if i were you i'd forget about browsers and flashplugins, but rather concentrate on trying to decompose the actual file.
so a search like for example "decompose or deconstruct shockwave files".
let us know how it goes.
 
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