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Macromedia Intros Director MX 2004

Update gets cross-platform projector creation, JavaScript support By Dave Nagel
Macromedia today announced Director MX 2004, an update to the company's interactive authoring environment. The new version adds several new features, including cross-platform projector creation and JavaScript support. It will be available in February for Mac OS X and Windows.

Director MX 2004 is an interactive authoring environment for producing multimedia presentations for the Web, CD, DVD and kiosks. The latest release brings a major change to scripting functionality, adding support for JavaScript in addition to Lingo--including the ability to mix and match the two.

And it adds to its video capabilities, allowing authors to stream content in QuickTime, Real, Windows Media, Flash and DVD-Video formats. With the new DVD-Video functionality, users can embed, play back and control DVD video content within their presentations. And, for cross-platform authors, the new version for the first time offers the ability to author Macintosh (Mac OS X and Mac OS 9) and Windows projectors within a single version of the application.

Other new features include:

  • Enhanced media format import support, including QuickTime, Windows Media, Real, DVD-Video Flash and various audio, still image and 3D formats;
  • Customizable workspace, including Stage and movie in a window docking, as well as the ability to modify the Tool palette;
  • Support for Flash MX 2004 files and components (comes bundled with various pre-defined components, including interface and media components);
  • Sprite and channel naming for moving, sorting and tracking sprites and channels without having to rewrite code;
  • Saves projector settings on a per-project basis;
  • Integration with other Macromedia MX 2004 applications, including Flash and Fireworks, as well as Macromedia server products, such as Coldfusion MX and the FLash Communication Server MX;
  • New reference panel for help, behavior and Xtra descriptions and JavaScript and Lingo references.

Director MX 2004 will be available in February for Mac OS X and Windows. The full version sells for $1,199, while upgrades from version 8.5 and MX go for $399. We'll have a in in depth look at Director MX 2004's new features in the near future. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the editor and producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Apple DVD Studio Pro, Mac OS, 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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