Setting up Goldsprints FX – Part 2 of 2

If you do not have Serproxy up and running stop and read the first part of this tutorial before continuing.

Great, you have Serproxy running. Now let’s get Goldsprints FX installed. Installation of GFX is pretty straight forward. First a quick note that I am sure people will ask about when they see the installatoin screens. GFX is developed with FLEX and delivered via Adobe AIR. The Adobe AIR is simply a runtime that lets developers use proven web technologies to build rich Internet applications that run outside the browser on multiple operating systems. The one thing I don’t like about delivering an AIR application is that your application is unsigned unless you pay a company like VeriSign to authenticate your application. If you pay them $200 – $500 you get a nice message in the installer that says your application has been verified safe. You have to pay again every year if you want to keep releasing new versions of your application. I may or may not pay to have Goldsprints FX verified but I don’t have the money now so GFX remains unsigned. If that doesn’t sit well with you then do not install GFX or you can donate some money and help me get a certificate. If you want to learn more about the digital certificates read this.

There is no warranty with Goldsprints FX. Goldsprints FX is free and you are installing it at your own risk. DO NOT install GFX if you have download it from any other website other than this one. I do not grant anyone permission to distribute Goldsprints FX. Soon I will have more of an official disclaimer but for now this will have to do.

Remember that you need both the Flash Player 9+ and Adobe AIR installed. Without AIR installed your computer will not know what to do with the installation file. The extension is .air. After you get the GFX archive from the downloads page and unpacked you will have a file like what you seen below. Launch the GoldsprintsFX.air file to start the install.

After a quick progress screen you will see the screen below. Without a certificate Publisher and Publisher Name remain “UNKNOWN”.

The image above shows a warning since I have not had the application verified. The second and final screen let’s you select the installation directory and a check box if you want to launch GFX right away. In my case I am installing on OS X but you can expect the see the same thing on Windows and Ubuntu.

When the installation is complete you should be on your way. If Serproxy is running and GFX is running the first thing you want to do is go to the Settings screen and update all the options. Without updating the Settings page first the Race page will not be formatte correctly. The first time you see the Settings screen it will look like the screen shot below.

Update all the options making sure that you have entered something in each filed and radio button. Now close GFX and launch it again. Verify that all your settings were saved and show up on the options screen. I will be updating the default settings as the beta continues to make the first time launch a little more user friendly.

If everything is okay then you are ready to race. If you have any questions or problems check the FAQ first. If the FAQ did not help then post trouble tickets on the SUPPORT page.

3 thoughts on “Setting up Goldsprints FX – Part 2 of 2”

  1. Hey Ed !
    Thanks for the tutorial.
    Actually I’d realy like to thank you but each time I wanna install the GoldsprintFX.air package I get a #ERROR 1 message from the installer…
    As far as I know every thing else is working. I mean I succeed to do races in the basic environment of Opensprint.
    Waiting for your help and thanks anyway !!


    1. I got the same problem in a 64bit Ubuntu (natty). I noticed that if you try to run the Adobe Air Installer from a terminal you will notice that it spits some errors about ELFCLASS64 which are related to the libappmenu-gtk library.

      Assuming that there is a conflict between 64- and 32-bits libraries I tried to force the i386 version of that library to be installed but with no success. The reason is that it depends on 3-4 more libraries (glib4 is one that I remember) some of which in turn have conflicts with numerous installed libraries. So, I gave up. I tried it with Windows7, which eventually it worked! I will post elsewhere my walkthrough for that.