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I agree, both Macromedia and Adobe have been amazingly lax in promoting a
great product (when used to its full potential!). We all suffer as
developers when the corporate suits don't realize what they have there with
I heard that a new version of Director will be coming out this year, and may
have some form of 3D improvements, but how minor they'll be we'll just have
to wait and see.
Anyone else heard any gossip?
Happy New Year Lingoers!
As Richared mentioned, the next version of Director is to be released this year.
This announcement is part of a Director FAQ at:
Director was 'hidden' even on the Macromeda site. At least Shockwave has a link on
the front page which was not the case with Macromedia.
As to Max 9 not including a w3d exporter, I did contact Autodesk about this and was
told there was a compatibility problem relating to the higher bit depth support of
Max 9. But, they were working on it and plan to release a patch at a later stage to
For Autodesk, w3d was not a priority to hold up the release of Max 9. Adobe have
inherited a lot of neglect in Director from Macromedia. They have a lot of work
ahead of them in a range of features. So, we all hope that this year's Director
will show Adobe's commitment to the long term life of this great product. For now,
there is no public information available on what they're working on.
Director Lecturer / Consultant
Well, I think that might be a double edged sword.
On the one hand Director is fading because of shoddy documentation, support, and an antiquated scripting language. Most developers focus on Flex and Flash.
But the developers who know the power of Director should market their abilities properly. The market doesn't know what it needs or what exists if we don't show it to them. Director is an extremely powerful tool for the web and other medium, and while Flash Developers are becoming dime/dozen, Director Developers are becoming high demand.
Keep recruiting great artist and pushing quality work into the public eye and Director will be the new Gold Mine!! Believe that!