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Im not sure but it could have something to do with the large amount of file types that can be imported into director. There is some degree of truth to the name director. Since it is more for bringing in various different media and controlling it from director
Choosing which tool is better for any given job is a subjective
decision. Flash, Director and Authorware can each be used to create rich
eLearning applications. If you are working over the web, then Flash will
create the smallest files, which can be an advantage. You will have to
build most of the tools that you need from scratch. If you are used to
working with Flash's interesting interface and unique object methods,
then this may not be a problem at all. If you are starting from scratch,
this may be an uphill battle. Director will also require you to build
your toolset from scratch and if you are creating a program that will be
distributed on CD or hard drive, it may be a better choice than Flash.
Director's near infinite ability to incorporate media types and the rich
set of Xtras that are available to enhance the product, make it a great
tool of this sort of work. Authorware has a very robust toolset built
in. It can incorporate most any type of media, including Director and
Flash. It has a very good programming tool that will let you customize
your content. Authorware works very well in the same environment as
All of these will require you to have external editors for audio, video,
text and data. The age of the product should not be a consideration.
Each of these will be around for a long time. Authorware is a Windows
only authoring product but can produce runtime files for Mac and
Windows. Director and Flash are each cross platform authoring tools.
You should probably choose the tool that will work best in the
environment that you will be using for presentation. Are you
distributing your content over the web or on CD, or both?
You may also want to look into Flex.
Adobe Community Expert
^^Thanks for all the info! Thats what I'm looking for! We are distributing our courses over the web.
Originally posted by: Rob Dillon
Authorware ... It can incorporate most any type of media, including Director ...
The support for Director inside Authorware is very limited.
As Digital Movie icon, it's limited to Director 4.x up to Director 6.x
Director 7.x or later can only be placed as Shockwave ActiveX control,
which is not cross-platform and can result in quite a mess to handle.
Adobe User Group Manager
I would strongly suggest you look at Captivate for e-learning as well. This is really the job of Captivate to create e-learning. It easily plugs into LMS systems as well