Part of me thought more and more as Flash and Action Script
advanced that (as a lingo developer) I was seeing the death of
Director. That was until Adobe released Director 11. However I now
get the feeling that this release might be the last as Catalyst
rolls forward I see a lot of similarities.
What do others think. Is Catalyst the new Director?
The Flash Platform and the ubiquity of the SWF is killing
Director. Not Flash Catalyst. Flash Catalyst is just an alternative
way to produce engaging experiences through the SWF format. Flash
used to be purely a design tool. A nifty way to make animations.
But today, Flash can create some serious applications. Flash
Catalyst will become the primary interface for designers to create
Rich Internet Applications. Flash Professional will be the
playground for animators and some high end actionscript-based
motion, interaction and advertising. And Flex will be a framework
to allow developers to easily create applications in the SWF
format. All of these, however, will create AIR applications. Which
are the true competitor to Director.
In the end though, Adobe AIR needs a runtime to run
it’s applications, and Adobe’s security model on AIR is
pretty strict. Shockwave files are a bit deeper than that, and
probably have less restrictions on them... So maybe there is still
some life to Director?