Macromedia has made good on its promise to deliver its Director 8 Shockwave Studio this month. The new version, announced last month, is now available in full and upgrade versions from Macromedia's online store. A boxed version will be available later this month. Macromedia has also released a beta version of the latest Shockwave Player today, which is available for download at http://www.macromedia.com/shockwave/download/alternates/. The full release version is expected March 27.
Users of Director 7 can upgrade to Director 8 Shockwave Studio for $399. Registered users of Director 5, 6 or 6.5 can upgrade for $499. A full release version is $999. New features in Director 8 include:
The software allows for unlimited cast members and supports dynamic alpha channels, allowing users to import bitmapped artwork with alpha information from Photoshop and other applications. Flash 4 is integrated into Director 8 Shockwave Studio, which allows users to edit and manipulate Flash variables, audio and anti-aliased text.
Requirements for running Director 8 include a 180 MHz PowerPC, MAC OS 8.1 or later, 32 MB or more of application RAM, 100 MB of available disk space, 256-color monitor capable of 800 x 600 resolution and a CD-ROM drive. For more information, visit http://www.macromedia.com/software/director/.
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