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Questions from the WWUG

Update your media players for optimum performance. By Stephen Schleicher
Questions from the WWUG returns this week with a whole new lineup of questions (and answers) to some of your most troubling problems.

The first question comes from the Adobe LiveMotion WWUG where Mark wants to use LiveMotion to create a stand alone interactive CD-ROM.

"I'm an olí After Effects guy and I have messed with Director a little, but know nothing about working in LiveMotion.

If I built a LiveMotion project, is it possible to put the LiveMotion project to CD as an interactive CD-Rom? Or is LiveMotion totally for the web? What really is the difference between LiveMotion and Director besides Lingo?"

Dave Nagel, forum host and executive producer of CreativeMac.com and DigitalMediaDesigner.com, followed up with this info.

"LiveMotion will output an SWF file for the Web, but it's easy to convert an SWF into a projector. Recent versions of the standalone Flash player will allow you to save an SWF as an application, which you can then burn onto a CD. You need both a Mac and a Windows version of the Flash player to create applications for these platforms.

To see whether you have this ability, find an SWF file on you hard drive (just do a search for ".swf"), and double-click on it. Hopefully it will launch in the Flash Player rather than your Web browser. If it does, select File > Create Projector. It's that simple. I know it works in Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. I don't know about Windows.

(As far as the difference goes) Director creates Shockwave files (.dcr) rather than Flash files (.swf). There's really no comparison between the two. Director is by far the more comprehensive product for interactive content. Plus it supports 3D--actual interactive 3D. Lingo, of course, is powerful. But even the built-in presets are more powerful than what you get in LiveMotion (or Flash 5, for that matter). I don't mean to gush, but you could literally create any find of program, let alone interactive presentation, that you want using Director."

If you have any hints or tips for Mark to help him create his LiveMotion Interactive CD-ROM, post your comments in the Adobe LiveMotion Forum.

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