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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;
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 http://www.macromedia.com.
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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