MARCH 26, 2004
Macromedia Director MX 2004
OK, along with the DVD stuff, we're really getting to the meat of what DMX04 has become. I alluded to its status as a "Flash wrapper" application already, because that's what Macromedia has really positioned Director as. Little bits and pieces of Flash influence are scattered throughout DMX04:
Fig. 10: Common Flash Components are accessible right from Director's Tools panel.
Fig. 11: Look familiar? The Library now has been given a Flash-like makeover.
Fig. 12: The Stage is finally dockable to other panels.
Now that's all fine and good, but where the rubber meets the road is just how good of a host Director is for Flash content. As it turns out, it's a pretty gracious one. First of all, DMX04 fully supports Flash MX 2004 movies and the V2 Component architecture I alluded to earlier. The DMX04 Library and Flash toolbar have some of these Components available right off the bat for you to use, and setting the properties of a Flash component is similar to setting them directly in Flash (fig. 13).
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