Anyone have any thoughts about if and when there will be a
universal binary version of shockwave for the Mac?
Also, Director seems to receive very little attention from
Adobe. Anyone know anything or care to speculate about Adobe's
commitment to maintaining Director. I'm guessing that adobe will
eventually ad 3D capabilities to Flash and do away with Director.
My company use to do a lot with Director, now we have a scant few
clients who bring us work that requires it.
As the Art Director for my company I have had a somewhat
passive role with Director, creating art and presentations that
only require basic navigation and animation and handing off to a
true programmer when more complex functionality is needed. Our
programmer has left and it seems on some level I am now assuming
the role of main director person, at least unofficially. I also
have a beginner to intermediate level of proficiency with Flash.
I'm pretty much left to teach myself what ever programming our
clients need as it is needed. My plate is full and I'm trying to
determine if I need to invest time in really learning lingo beyond
my rudimentary working knowledge, or just concentrate on expanding
my Flash knowledge base. If Flash did 3D, I would probably forget
about Director because it seems like it is on it's way out and most
of the things our clients need I think can be done in Flash
although for standalone presentations, I prefer the seamless flow
of Director to the "wait to load" result of Flash.
As Adobe says itself:
A new version of Director will be released in the first half
of 2007. It
will be sold under the name Adobe Director. No features list
That's the only information we have and you'll have to live
with it until
the release (or beta program just before).
Adobe doesn't have anything else in its product range that
comes close to
Director and Shockwave. Shockwave 3D is still to this day the
Web 3D plugin available (even if it has not the best
rendering quality but
sufficient for games, e-learning and 3D product assembly
Adding 3D to Flash Player would mean a heavier download
(Flash Player 9 is
already 1 MB without the Yahoo toolbar).
The other news it that Tom Higgins, the Director Technical
left. I believe his position has already been filled
internally by someone
else at Adobe (it's a huge company) or will be soon (haven't
seen any job
offer yet for this role).