First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
- — 05 January, 2004 08:55
The product also develops projector files for Windows and Macintosh in one step. (A projector file in Director is an executable of a Director application.)
Macromedia's Director creates fixed-media presentations for formats such as disks, while the company's Flash technology is focused on web development.
"It takes [Director] out of the realm of proprietary and puts it in the realm of standard," says analyst Rikki Kirzner, research director at IDC.
Director MX 2004 supports most major video, audio, bit-map, 3-D, and vector formats.
Video capabilities within the product enable streaming of video files in DVD-Video, Windows Media, RealMedia, QuickTime, and Flash formats. Additionally, the Xtras plug-in architecture enables extension of the application and playback.
The product is integrated with other products in the MX family. It can launch and edit both Flash and Fireworks, and supports Flash MX 2004 components, including user interface components.
Flash content can be integrated into Director projects. Flash performance within Director projects has also been improved, Macromedia says.
Brown also gave a thumbs-up to tighter integration between Flash and Director. "Flash components we can now use straight inside of Director," he said. Although the products worked together before, integration is now seamless, Brown says.
Director MX 2004 features a customisable workspace. Stage and movie-in-a-window interfaces can be customised for better workspace management.
Due to ship in February, Director MX 2004 costs $US1199 for new users and $US399 for upgrades from Director 8.5 and Director MX.