Book Review: Special Edition Using Macromedia Director 8.5

Even though the back of this quite substantial resource suggests it caters for user levels from intermediate to advanced, the way the book introduces key concepts step by step also makes it useful for those with only a small degree of previous Director knowledge.

Even better for the beginner, the first chapter assumes that you have never used Director before. The advanced ideas and tips spread throughout, however, should be of use in sparking the imagination of more experienced Director developers.

This edition is an update to the Special Edition Using Director 8, so it now covers Director 8.5 functionality such as the new 3D engine (including 3D Lingo) as well as an expanded chapter on the Multiuser Server.

Easy-to-read code examples, screen shots, tables and tips are all interspersed, and the author's experience from writing previous titles such as Advanced Lingo for Games is apparent. A CD featuring source code discussed in the book is supplied, as is a large range of Director Xtras and trial version software.

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