4 Replies Latest reply on Dec 23, 2007 8:34 PM by Newsgroup_User

    Screen size

    Phyton232
      Hi guys,

      I haven't worked with director for a while but i need do it again now... so I'll start from the very beginning, what's the recommended screen size for a general application nowadays? Thanks
        • 1. Re: Screen size
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          "Phyton232" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
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          > Hi guys,
          >
          > I haven't worked with director for a while but i need do it again
          > now... so
          > I'll start from the very beginning, what's the recommended screen
          > size for a
          > general application nowadays? Thanks
          >

          Hi,
          hard to say. Depends on your audience very much.
          Dont forget there are many wide-screens available these days, it is
          harder than ever to define a minimum size.

          I prefer to always make something more or less independent of
          screensize.
          At least I try to, its not easy.

          1024x768 could work, but my laptop screen is 1280x800, so I would
          probably not see everything you created.
          800x600 is safe I guess... but small.

          Good luck,
          Richard.





          • 2. Re: Screen size
            Level 7
            Phyton232 wrote:

            > Hi guys,
            >
            > I haven't worked with director for a while but i need do it again now... so
            > I'll start from the very beginning, what's the recommended screen size for a
            > general application nowadays? Thanks

            Hi Phyton,

            As Richard said, it's hard to give a 'standard' size. It depends on what the
            application is for. If it's a kiosk, then you can size it to the maximum
            resolution of the machine to be used.

            Years ago, during the CD-ROM peak, 640x480 was a standard size for inetractive
            CDs. Then, 800x600 became more popular. Nowdays, 800x600 is still used but so
            are varied sizes for all types of formats and screen configurations.

            regards
            Dean

            Director Lecturer / Consultant / Director Enthusiast
            http://www.fbe.unsw.edu.au/learning/director
            http://www.multimediacreative.com.au
            email: d.utian@unsw.edu.au

            • 3. Re: Screen size
              Phyton232 Level 1
              The project is for a broad audience, so its really difficult to define a standard machine.
              Probably I'll do on 1024x768 but leave a considerable space around (like a bleed used in print).
              What do you think?
              Many thanks
              Wagner
              • 4. Re: Screen size
                Level 7
                Phyton232 wrote:

                > The project is for a broad audience, so its really difficult to define a
                > standard machine.
                > Probably I'll do on 1024x768 but leave a considerable space around (like a
                > bleed used in print).
                > What do you think?
                > Many thanks
                > Wagner

                Hi Wagner,

                It's always a good idea to define the minimum specs for your target audience.
                You can find the lowest System Requirements for playback of Director movies in
                the Director Documentation or on the web:
                http://www.adobe.com/products/director/productinfo/systemreqs/

                It is worth thinking about what's the oldest computer your presentation may
                play on. If you think there will be a wide range of old computers that only
                support 800x600 then go with that. Ensure that 800x600 gives you enough space
                to work with. If 800x600 is too small, go with 1024x768 and just make that a
                screen setting playback requirement for your application.

                I would not recommend building it at 1024x768 and allowing it to play back on
                800x600 monitors but cropped. That can lead to all sorts of problems.

                regards
                Dean

                Director Lecturer / Consultant / Director Enthusiast
                http://www.fbe.unsw.edu.au/learning/director
                http://www.multimediacreative.com.au
                email: d.utian@unsw.edu.au