Overview of Media Connection

Media Connection™ allows you to store the source files for clips, resources, and other media types externally (outside your ToolBook application). You can then store references to these files and other related properties to an Access database. This allows you to change your media source files and/or retrieve file references or other media data at runtime.


You can define multiple source databases, each with its own set of media references and properties. This allows for multilingual or multi-subject applications.


After creating your database(s), you can choose to store the data as properties of your book. This option eliminates the need to distribute your database(s).


How to Implement (Overview)

A typical use of Media Connection is for multilingual applications. Assuming you're creating a multilingual application, the recommended procedure for using Media Connection is:

  1. Create your ToolBook application and its media files for one language, for example for English.

  2. Store (write) your media to an English source database.

  3. Use the Media Connection tools to edit media file locations, properties, and search paths.

  4. Use the Media Connection tools to create a second source, for example a French source, by duplicating the English database. At this point the English and French databases contain identical media information.

  5. Again use the Media Connection tools to edit the media file locations, properties, and search paths for each additional source database.

  6. Put a Change Source button (available from the TB Connection catalog) in your application to allow your users to choose languages. TB Connection takes care of the rest!


    For more detailed step-by-step instructions, see How to Use Media Connection.


    Note: Media Connection is one of three products available in the TB Connection family of products: Media Connection, Content Connection, and Hotword Connection. This help covers only Media Connection.