11 Replies Latest reply on Feb 22, 2009 4:38 PM by lizardman01

    It's oh so quiet ... What's up, Director?

    Martin Schaefer
      Hi all,

      it has been a bit quiet for some time in terms of Director.
      And I've been asked by a couple of people what's going on.
      So I decided to write a short post on directorforum.com
      to explain as much as I currently can.

      http://www.directorforum.com/showthread.php?t=3342


      Cheers,
      Martin Schaefer
      Directorforum User Group
      http://www.directorforum.com
      http://www.directorforum.de
      http://collab.directorforum.com
        • 1. Re: It's oh so quiet ... What's up, Director?
          Level 7
          This is great news, but given all the "Director is dead" chatter, this might
          be a good time for Adobe to forget about the secrecy, and, rather give
          previews and spread the word about the next version of Director before too
          many jump ship.

          "Martin Schaefer" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
          news:gkqclc$hm$1@forums.macromedia.com...
          > Hi all,
          >
          > it has been a bit quiet for some time in terms of Director.
          > And I've been asked by a couple of people what's going on.
          > So I decided to write a short post on directorforum.com
          > to explain as much as I currently can.
          >
          > http://www.directorforum.com/showthread.php?t=3342
          >
          >
          > Cheers,
          > Martin Schaefer
          > Directorforum User Group
          > www.directorforum.com
          > www.directorforum.de
          > http://collab.directorforum.com
          >
          >

          • 2. Re: It's oh so quiet ... What's up, Director?
            Level 7
            TJD wrote:

            > This is great news, but given all the "Director is dead" chatter, this might
            > be a good time for Adobe to forget about the secrecy, and, rather give
            > previews and spread the word about the next version of Director before too
            > many jump ship.

            I agree, Adobe should be more open with Director communication. However, Adobe
            need to show they can deliver a stable, powerful update that can attract new
            users. D11 did not do that. Once Adobe have achieved success with Director, then
            their communication will be more meaningful. They can talk a lot now about what
            they want to do, but people may not believe them based on their current record.

            As to the statement of doing it now 'before too many jump ship' - well, existing
            users have been leaving the product over the last few years. People left after
            D11 didn't meet their expectations. Obviously, Adobe need to consider existing
            users. However, the long term future of Director will be in its ability to grow
            the user base.

            regards
            Dean

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


            • 3. Re: It's oh so quiet ... What's up, Director?
              Level 7
              Great points. Has there been any news or leak about the timeline for D12?
              When can we expect the next version?

              "Dean Utian" <d.utian@unsw.edu.au> wrote in message
              news:497144D9.483AC1E9@unsw.edu.au...
              > TJD wrote:
              >
              >> This is great news, but given all the "Director is dead" chatter, this
              >> might
              >> be a good time for Adobe to forget about the secrecy, and, rather give
              >> previews and spread the word about the next version of Director before
              >> too
              >> many jump ship.
              >
              > I agree, Adobe should be more open with Director communication. However,
              > Adobe
              > need to show they can deliver a stable, powerful update that can attract
              > new
              > users. D11 did not do that. Once Adobe have achieved success with
              > Director, then
              > their communication will be more meaningful. They can talk a lot now about
              > what
              > they want to do, but people may not believe them based on their current
              > record.
              >
              > As to the statement of doing it now 'before too many jump ship' - well,
              > existing
              > users have been leaving the product over the last few years. People left
              > after
              > D11 didn't meet their expectations. Obviously, Adobe need to consider
              > existing
              > users. However, the long term future of Director will be in its ability to
              > grow
              > the user base.
              >
              > regards
              > Dean
              >
              > Director Lecturer / Consultant / Director Enthusiast
              > http://www.deansdirectortutorials.com/
              > http://www.multimediacreative.com.au
              > email: d.utian@unsw.edu.au
              >
              >

              • 4. Re: It's oh so quiet ... What's up, Director?
                OlandoCR Level 1
                If Adobe does not move fast, it will be tooooo late: Unity 2.5 Coming Soon! (the official announcement) http://forum.unity3d.com/viewtopic.php?t=18127

                • 5. Re: It's oh so quiet ... What's up, Director?
                  Level 7
                  TJD wrote:

                  > Great points. Has there been any news or leak about the timeline for D12?
                  > When can we expect the next version?

                  Specific dates are never made public until a month or so off. So, all we can do
                  is speculate. Adobe have indicated there will be more frequent updates than over
                  the Macromedia years. Creative Suite has switched from a 2 year release to 1.5.
                  So, if we assume a 1 year release, it will be around March this year. GDC is
                  around March and you'd think Adobe would want to use that opportunity to present
                  Director. Director 11 took longer to release than expected and it had a few
                  issues post release. So, assuming Adobe are a bit more cautious with the next
                  release, let's say they'll have a sneak peak at March GDC and then release a
                  month or 2 later.

                  Just stating again - the above is all just guess work.

                  regards
                  Dean

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



                  • 6. Re: It's oh so quiet ... What's up, Director?
                    Level 7
                    > If Adobe does not move fast, it will be tooooo late: Unity 2.5 Coming Soon!

                    It might be too late for those who use Director solely for 3D work, but
                    there are plenty of other important markets for Director that Adobe
                    would be wise to throw a bone to.
                    • 7. Re: It's oh so quiet ... What's up, Director?
                      Level 7
                      OlandoCR wrote:

                      > If Adobe does not move fast, it will be tooooo late: Unity 2.5 Coming Soon! (the official announcement) http://forum.unity3d.com/viewtopic.php?t=18127

                      Adobe have indicated they want Director to compete in the 3D game space. So, if the slower they go with Director's development, the further behind they
                      will be in this market. Unity will take a larger share of the market. However, I say we're a long way off being 'too late'. Even at its current state,
                      Director is far ahead of Unity in some areas (like 2D). There is still no product out there that has the full feature capabilities of Director. If
                      Director can catch up on Unity on its 3D feature capabilities, then it may start stealing Unity users who come to Director because of its other
                      capabilities that are not available in Unity.

                      regards
                      Dean

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


                      • 8. Re: It's oh so quiet ... What's up, Director?
                        Necromanthus Level 2
                        quote:

                        Originally posted by: Dean Utian
                        I agree, Adobe should be more open with Director communication.


                        Dean,
                        How many times did we say that in the past couple of years?

                        cheers


                        • 9. Re: It's oh so quiet ... What's up, Director?
                          mziskandar
                          I just miss great examples/demos from the gurus.. D11 has done great on backward compatibility (wow! D11 can run DX8!!!)... I wonder whats the keyword to activate GLSL/HLSL in D11... I just want to boost the performance using necromanthus's mirror demo.. ;) - I love that demo so much!

                          D11.. so classic.. can run on my machine! Yeay!
                          • 10. Re: It's oh so quiet ... What's up, Director?
                            lizardman01
                            There's two things that i need in the upcoming version -Web 3.0 functionality;like w Ruby on Rails and Photoshop CS4 integration. .Other than that I really can't wait either!

                            (Maybe PhysX'2' engine.
                            • 11. Re: It's oh so quiet ... What's up, Director?
                              lizardman01 Level 1
                              ok. so-if-its true?? I heard you may lite us up with a possible Director 11.5 update. i am wondering that this may be true,and may be quite a delight for us waiting to make more Multimedia after..Flash this & Fireworks.that . OK.. since I am not very successful as a Multimedia Publisher I want to suggest some delightful things that would be 11.5 and very high-callibre for your Wonderful company--I've been saving every month for this.. Release,,How about May 12th?? I listened to a fine MacCast and see why a rumored capability-link with the iPhone is deemed extreme pleasant& high-regard. Just some way some streaming languages-things that would make it attachable to a possible AMP(3.0 or such) database or something REALfunky. As my last suggestion box, I have included my double-suggestion of a second physicsI've heard about and Photoshop CS4intigration. To tighten the knot just give us a pleasing unExpected implementation to the X-box& future XBox!! Sometimes I write more comprehensable/practical solutions for versions of various adobe products..but I ,for one,really hope you'll pull out a 2nd quarterly gift of Director 11.5!