8 Replies Latest reply on Sep 17, 2012 6:33 PM by Dean Utian

    Is Director the best software for interactive courseware on CD or DVD?

    Earle379

      Wondering if Director is best for this...

       

      would like to

       

      1 create a user interface-menu, with topic links that the user can jump to and back from (if you are familiar with them, similar to older Lynda.com courses, created with Director)

       

      2 create links embedded in the "page" to other material or animations-videos within the course

       

      3 create cross references and searches

       

      4 create quizzes that can be scored automatically and create links to "problem spot" information based on quiz results

       

      5 create functionality similar to Microsoft's Encarta encyclopedia

       

      6 user having the option of using the course directly from a CD or DVD or from a projector downloaded to their computer

       

      Thank you in advance for your help.

        • 1. Re: Is Director the best software for interactive courseware on CD or DVD?
          jchunick Level 2

          Yes, everything you list sounds exactly what Director was built for.

          • 2. Re: Is Director the best software for interactive courseware on CD or DVD?
            Earle379 Level 1

            Thank you for your response. I have been doing a bit of preliminary fiddling with Director 11.5, and there seems that there is no easy way to do something simple, like creating a hypertext from text on one "page" in the "movie" to text of the same name on another page, without, perhaps, using a script. I looked at the "Scripting Reference" and the bare bones explanation there is hardly clear, I suppose, unless the person reading it is a programmer, which I am not. Besides, that linking example was very general and did not tell me how I would do something like creating an anchor link and text. In Dreamweaver this is easy to do, and I vaguely remember doing something similar in Word, so I know it is not unheard of in a desktop application - which is what I am trying to create.

             

            Second, it seems that the text formatting options are kind of thin. Is there a way to create global styles, so that my headings and body text can be controlled in a way more efficient than page by page? I read that Director can import rich text and approximate the formatting of the original text, but that will not work very well in my case, since I am doing a mathematics project, with symbols and equations imported as picture files...the symbols require very different formatting from plain text.

             

            Is there another Director reference and guide that I can use that is more complete than the Dirfector 11.5 Help .pdf (I have already looked at Dean Utian's site, by the way)?

            • 3. Re: Is Director the best software for interactive courseware on CD or DVD?
              Dean Utian Adobe Community Professional

              Hi Earle,

               

              Hope my tutorial site was helpful.

               

              Director 11.5 online help has been given a significant update. Which PDF did you look at? There are ones that focus moer on 3D, scripting or other specific areas of Director. Go to:
              http://helpx.adobe.com/director.html

               

              and look at the links under Help and Tutorials.

               

              Dean

              • 4. Re: Is Director the best software for interactive courseware on CD or DVD?
                Earle379 Level 1

                Well...

                 

                I have downloaded all three of the .pdfs that I found at Adobe's site and have been reading the Director 11.5 Help manual. So far, I believe that I would want to export the file as a protected movie (DXR). My problem with all of the help sources is that they all seem to be disconnected, in the sense that they explain this is this and that is that, including the VTC video tutorials for Director 11, as if they are giving a "tour of the software," but what I need is a tutorial that is project-based.

                 

                More like a Classroom-in-a-book type of thing, so I can get detailed explainations of...

                 

                a) how to create a user interface (though I can figure out how to do that in other software, such as Fireworks)

                 

                b) how to create the textual content and what the interface holding that content will be and how to format it (size, shape, colors etc.)

                 

                c) how to create a table of contents and index with links

                 

                d) how to create a word search of all text in the "movie" and perhaps including the metadata in videos that will be included in the project

                 

                e) there will be factual content and problems for the users to solve, with links from those problems to detailed solutions...I would like to include a testing and scoring component and based on results a way to suggest where to go to deal with certain difficulties that may arise

                 

                Just need a lot more help on how to organize the entire project from the software's perspective and the best ways to do it efficiently. I am not in a position to physically take a Director class, even if there was one near here, it would almost certainly not be in English (I am currently not in an English-speaking country). Wondering why the amount of help - books (no Bible even), even Lynda.com tutorials - on this software is so sparse, considering that it has been around such a long time...could it be because of the speculation that the software is "dead"?

                • 5. Re: Is Director the best software for interactive courseware on CD or DVD?
                  clangton Level 1

                  Hi I have been using Director

                  (www.readinglesson.com) since 1998. I have yet to find an acceptable replacement for it.

                   

                  This program is FAR from perfect, and I am very surprised that nothing has risen to replace it.

                   

                  But there it is, have to deal with it.

                   

                  Charan

                  • 6. Re: Is Director the best software for interactive courseware on CD or DVD?
                    Dean Utian Adobe Community Professional

                    >This program is FAR from perfect, and I am very surprised that nothing has risen to replace it.

                     

                    Director is a very powerful program and even though it hs suffered from neglect and hasn't kept up with technological advances, it still serves a valuable need. There have been things that have replaced some of the things that Director could do - like Flash for web multimedia, Unity for 3D games. Director was the 'swiss army knife', capable of doing everything. Now days, you don't use a swisss army knife, you just find a specialised tool for what you want done.

                     

                    I too have not found a replaement for Director in some aspects of what I do.

                     

                    @Earle379 - you ask "could it be because of the speculation that the software is "dead"?". There has been teh "Is Director Dead" for years, even when Diector was getting regular updates. For some people, Director is dead and they have moved onto other things. The same now applies to Flash with some seeing HTML5 as a good replacement for what they would have otherwised done with the tool.

                     

                     

                    Director currently has a small market. It is still making money for Adobe so they are still continuing development and exploring ways to grow. However, since the userbase is small and tends to be a niche one at the current time, it has resulted in little Director learning resources, particularly books.

                     

                    Dean

                    • 7. Re: Is Director the best software for interactive courseware on CD or DVD?
                      clangton Level 1

                      Okay I take the capital letters back!

                       

                      In the good old days, on the Mariposa Direcor digest, there would be hundereds of posts on a single topic each day. Now the forums are haunted. Help is hard to find.

                       

                      The need for animated programs has not gone away, so the question is; what exactly are people using, if not Directo, what then. What else can do all that Director can do.

                       

                      Where have all the users gone?

                       

                      Charan

                      • 8. Re: Is Director the best software for interactive courseware on CD or DVD?
                        Dean Utian Adobe Community Professional

                        Yes, at Director's peak, there was huge amount of traffic in Director sites, forums and lists. Many used Director to create interactive CDs. Flash came around, the web took over for multimedia content delivery and Director went into decline. Director went the way of 3D and games, and was ahead of its time in this area, but there was not a continuous momentum on this front, it's development was slow, other tools came around that took the 3D and other Director game developers away. Then came mobile applications. Director, as seen in some sneak peaks of the future version, is going the way of publishing to mobile devices. Other tools have done this already and so have gained a share of the market

                         

                        So, the answer to - where have all the users gone? Well, they have spread out over a range of other tools/applications.

                         

                        Dean