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on timeOut() problems with MIAW's

Hi,
I have a movie script that returns my application to starting point with something like this:

on timeOut
    play movie "xxx"
end

This works fine even if I have several different movies in my application but when I have MIAW's I'll get problems. The stage doesn't seem to now anything about the mouse clicks in MIAW and on timeOut -handler occurs even if I'm having some action in MIAW. How can I avoid the timeOutLength not to fill when MIAW is open and clicked?

On the other hand, I also had the situation where I opened a MIAW and after that the on timeOut never occurred.

It seems kind of random which effect I do get.
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MediaMacrosCommented:
Timeouts are based on a set time, not on when you last clicked.  You can check the lastEvent to see when the user last clicked, pressed a key, etc.  That can be used inside the timeout event to see if enough time has passed and if not reset the timeout interval acordingly.
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-J-Author Commented:
This is a quote from director help about timeOut handler:

"System message and event handler; contains statements that run when the keyboard or mouse is not used for the time period specified in timeOutLength."

So it says that it's the last klick or key press that starts counting towards the timeOutLength.

I've set the timeOutLength for a few seconds (for test purposes) and it works fine when I have just stage and keep clicking the mouse. When I stop clicking director acts accordingly and plays movie "xxx" after that few seconds.

But when I open a MIAW I get those problems I described.

BTW, I'm using MX 2004 if that makes any difference.
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MediaMacrosCommented:
Sorry, I thought you were trying to set up a custom timeout object.  

The problem is that each window gets its own "space" so if you want the timeout to be handled across both you will need to roll your own custom handler.  

You can add to your script to check the lastevent of each window by looping through the window list using the tell command.  You can then see if anything was done in a time less than the timout period and if so reset the period acordingly.
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-J-Author Commented:
I added in movie script "on enterFrame" handler with this kind of a line:

if the lastevent > foo then bar

I use that script globally in every movie and that made it, I didn't even have to loop the windowlist.
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