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Macromedia Director Gets Update

Shockwave Player to run on OS X By Dave Nagel
Macromedia has released an 8.51 update to Director and announced a Mac OS X-native player for Shockwave content. The player will ship later this month. The Director authoring environment has not yet been announced for OS X.

The main enhancement in the new version of Director is antialiasing in 3D objects. The antialiasing applies itself to an object in rest. For the purpose of performance, antialiasing does not get applied on objects in motion. The new antialiasing feature works in both hardware and software.

The new OS X-native Shockwave plugin will also support this antialiasing feature. In a prepared statement, macromedia said, "Macromedia is committed to bringing its authoring and player products to Mac OS X, and OS X users will be able to natively experience sophisticated, 3D and rich media content with Macromedia Shockwave Player." No date has been announced for any of Macromedia's OS X ports, except for Freehand, which shipped last year for OS 9 and OS X.

The new version of Director also includes compatibility for Windows XP. For more information, visit

Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at [email protected].

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