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Give Director away for Free?

Feb 20, 2011 5:33 AM

This must be the least busy forum on the Adobe Site!

 

For a company the size it is and basically has the monoploy on multimedia applications, I cannot understand the thinking behind Director.

 

Director is/was far more powerful than Flash for many applications ( Maybe that's the issue?), so instead of ignoring any updates and developing the application further, why do they simple not kill it off like they did to Macromedia Freehand, if they think it is interfering with Flash?

 

Or, if they want to revive it then simply give an amnesty on the application.

 

Give it away fro free! ( they cannot be making money on it anyway, because who would buy it now that it is so out of date!) for 1 year. See what the reaction is and see what market there is for it?

 

Does Flash CS5 now provide all the needs of Director user requirements, to create the same projects?

 

It seems obvious that Adobe have no interest in Director anymore, yet they seem reluctant to kill it off.

 
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    Mar 8, 2011 4:27 AM   in reply to Macnimation

    I agree. If Adobe doesn't want to continue Director, they should give it to someone who actually cares about keeping it going. At the moment I would love for there to be some open source alternative to Director.

     

    If Adobe do intend to keep Director, then they should be a bit more vocal about what their plans are for it rather than keeping us all in limbo.

     
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    Mar 18, 2011 7:11 AM   in reply to Phaecian Game

    >If Adobe do intend to keep Director, then they should be a bit more vocal about what their plans are for it rather than keeping us all in limbo.

    Keep an eye on the post I have for the online discussion as the plans for Director will eb covered in this upcoming talk. Also to be addressed is the price of Director.

     

    Dean

     

     

     

     

     

     
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    Mar 18, 2011 10:17 AM   in reply to Dean Utian

    Hey Dean-

     

    I follow this thread and really appreciate your efforts...

     

    Best wishes...

     

    Chris Schiotis

     
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    Mar 27, 2011 12:43 PM   in reply to Macnimation

    Perhaps, it is not that busy, but that is because Adobe does have a monopoly on multimedia and has put its eggs in the wrong basket. Macromedia knew that Flash was in trouble.  They thought Microsoft would kill it with Silverlight integration in Windows 7, but that didn't happen. Now Flash and Flash video are really in trouble because the WWW consortium has resurrected HTML and coming out with version 5 that has <video> and <audio> tags built in. That means you don't need Adobe Flash to include video and you don't need Microsoft, which few web developers want either. Naive web video and probably vector graphics means that Flash is in big trouble and now Adobe will regret that it didn't give enthusiastic support to Director. Microsoft is putting full HTML 5 capability into IE9 even though the WWW consortium is asking developers to hold off until the standard is final. Microsoft is not stupid and they know that is the their first real opportunity to screw Adobe in web applications.  Director is still much more powerful than Flash for application development and so Adobe better wake up and start pushing it again or they will lose a lot of money.

     
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    Mar 27, 2011 11:51 PM   in reply to Professor S.

    Very well said Professor.

     
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    Apr 10, 2011 12:11 PM   in reply to Macnimation

    This addresses many of the issues I have had with Director for years.  It seems to among the most powerful tools for developing multimedia content, yet Adobe seems to forget they have it there in the room with them, as it were. I can't comprehend why something potentially so useful is bypassed .  For Adobe

    to give at least some indication of their future plans for the software would seem to be a matter of common decency.  Wise business decisions neednt be incompatible with such decency, indeed, it is usually wise to be decent to the customer.

     
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    Apr 11, 2011 1:33 AM   in reply to threni

    Look at the Director's Future thread in the Basics Forum for details of the live chat with Adobe.

    http://forums.adobe.com/thread/802934?tstart=0

     

    regards
    Dean

     
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    Apr 11, 2011 6:51 AM   in reply to Dean Utian

    Thank you !

     
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    Apr 14, 2011 6:44 AM   in reply to threni

    Hi all,

     

    Cross posting a pit but just want to ensure all interested get the message. I thought it would be easier to have a thread just for the meeting summary and evaluation. It is at:
    http://forums.adobe.com/thread/838351

     

    regards
    Dean

     
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