8.5 Shockwave Studio - Part 2
by: Macromedia, go
to the web site
previous Director 8.5 review in this archive)
note: This is the second of two parts - part
1 was published here)
the first instalment of this two part review I
addressed the various features of Macromedia Director
8.5 Shockwave Studio as well as the ease with which
it loads and my initial reaction to the versatility
and capabilities of the program. Because of the
large size and varied aspects of this program I
felt it was necessary to follow-up with some additional
Lingo Dictionary with its 800 commands provided
me with an easy format for using scripting to control
or Visual Basic I found these commands simple to
use and easy to implement. Web site designers will
appreciate the ability to stream RealAudio and
RealVideo within Director content by applying Director's
imaging Lingo and precise sound features to control,
enhance and transform the RealMedia stream. Another
feature that I particularly like is the ability
to 'drag & drop' behaviors onto a specific
sprite. This allows the Parameters dialogue box
to open and specific 3D action behaviors to be
applied - simple but effective.
the first things that I look for in any software program is
the availability of technical support, online help and tutorial
documentation in case I run into a sudden mental block. Director
8.5 includes several teaching aids in their Help system including
multimedia tutorials. These tutorials are accessible from
the help menu. Macromedia also provides online courses and
technologies to help you build your skills with Director 8.5
trying a few simple programs with success, I decided to take
a look at what the big boys in the industry are doing with
Director 8.5's capabilities. A couple of sites to check out
are Timex and the rather
interesting Presto Studios.
(Ed. Note: As of January 2003 Presto is no longer operating).
briefly in part 1, the Multiuser Server 3 provides an efficient
way for developers to add community to their Shockwave content.
The multiuser server offers both TCP and UDP protocols and
supports up to 2,000 simultaneous users. This capability is
included with the Director 8.5 package at no extra cost.
8.5 will not work with some older video cards and users should
update their cards to a Direct3D compatible 3D accelerator
card that supports Z-Buffering, Bilinear Filtering, and Alpha-Blending.
Macromedia recommends DirectX version 7.0a or higher for 3D
authoring and playback. Director 8.5 also supports a large
variety of multimedia, image, video, sound and other file
formats. Users should contact Macromedia for specifics if
working with Macromedia Director 8.5 for several weeks I discovered
an increasing appetite to try new things. Although it was
necessary to progress slowly at first, as I became more familiar
with the scripting and other applications I was able to progress
at a faster rate. Web Developers should find this program
virtually unlimited in its ability to produce interactive
and 3D applications for their business.
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