One thing that has bothered me (and recently one of my customers) a lot was that we could not display Eclipse RCP splash screens when starting the application using Java WebStart. But now I got it working, here is the recipe:
1) In your main jnlp file, add
<application-desc main-class="org.eclipse.equinox.launcher.WebStartMain"> <argument>-showsplash</argument> </application-desc>
2) In the resources section, add the following 4 properties.
<property name="osgi.instance.area" value="@user.home/<your_app>"/> <property name="osgi.install.area" value="@user.home/<your_app>/osgi"/> <property name="osgi.configuration.area" value="@user.home/<your_app>"/> <property name="osgi.splashPath" value="platform:/base/plugins/<your_bundle_that_contains_splash.bmp>"/>
3) For all operating systems that might wanna run your webstarted app, add the launcher respective fragments, e.g. for Win and Win64:
<resources os="Windows" arch="x86"> <jar href="plugins/org.eclipse.equinox.launcher.win32.win32.x86_1.1.100.v20110502.jar"/> </resources> <resources os="Windows" arch="x86_64"> <jar href="plugins/org.eclipse.equinox.launcher.win32.win32.x86_64_1.1.100.v20110502.jar"/> </resources>
That should be it. I have already added the Windows fragments for my MP3 Manager Demo, so when you start it under Windows, you should see the RCP splash screen. I will add the remaining fragments for other operating systems later…
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nice trick – splash screens are catchy and important for first tool impression.
Btw. I tried the demo app and imported a single album folder – and got 99999 entries in the virtual table view (tracks do repeat over and over again)
Anyway, thanks for the post
>I tried the demo app and imported a single album folder –
>and got 99999 entries in the virtual table view (tracks do repeat over and over again)
yes, I implemented it that way to make sure that a virtual table makes sense -> I wanted to have 100000 entries regardless how many real entries you have 🙂
This does not work in Eclipse 3.7.1 (Windows XP). According to Eclipse Bug 349843 (https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=349834) “@user.home” is not resolved correctly when used in the “osgi.install.area” property. Can this still be done in Eclipse 3.7 using some other work around?