5 Replies Latest reply on Jul 21, 2008 8:40 AM by Newsgroup_User

    Other Programs

    ytlevine Level 1
      Two questions:
      Which other programs do people use in conjunction with Director, for interactive work (not 3d)?
      Also, are there any other programs that will do interactive multimedia work, with the ability to play videos, etc. like Director (again, not the 3d portion)?
        • 1. Re: Other Programs
          Level 7
          Flash
          • 2. Re: Other Programs
            ytlevine Level 1
            I forgot to mention the ones I already know of, or use...
            Here's (part of) the list:
            Premiere Pro
            After Effects
            Photoshop
            Illustrator

            I know Flash will do some of the stuff, but a lot of what I do is playing .mpg or .wmv video files, and anyway, I know Director and I don't know Flash...

            Does anybody use Fireworks?
            And other programs??
            Thanks.
            • 3. Re: Other Programs
              Level 7
              > Premiere Pro
              > After Effects
              > Photoshop
              > Illustrator
              >
              > I know Flash will do some of the stuff, but a lot of what I do is playing .mpg
              > or .wmv video files

              A couple of the programs you mention are used to *produce* video, but
              not exactly /play/ it. There others are graphics production tools

              > Does anybody use Fireworks?

              Which is also a (web-centric) graphics production tool.
              None of those you mention compete with Director, though they are useful
              tools in a Director-centric production pipeline. I thought you were
              asking about alternatives for (interactive) multimedia production.
              • 4. Re: Other Programs
                ytlevine Level 1
                I was asking both...
                Basically, I was wondering if there are other useful programs to use with Director, or if there is any reason to look into alternate software for what I'm doing.
                • 5. Re: Other Programs
                  Level 7
                  ytlevine posted in macromedia.director.basics:

                  > I forgot to mention the ones I already know of, or use...
                  > Here's (part of) the list:
                  > Premiere Pro
                  > After Effects
                  > Photoshop
                  > Illustrator
                  >
                  > I know Flash will do some of the stuff, but a lot of what I do is
                  > playing .mpg or .wmv video files, and anyway, I know Director and I
                  > don't know Flash...

                  I use a little Flash once in a while for Director stuff, but since I never
                  upgraded past Macromedia's Dir 8.5 I have to save as Flash 5 to use with
                  Dir. Works fine for simple interactivity and anims (better than animGifs
                  or filmloops).

                  > Does anybody use Fireworks?

                  <raises hand>

                  I've gotten so I prefer Fireworks over PhotoShop for everything
                  Director/Web. Its UI is sort of a PS/Illustrator hybrid - taking the best
                  of both UIs. Fireworks .PNG files inserted into Director Castlibs are
                  still editable with all their layers, objects, and transparency - even if
                  you've deleted the original .PNG files from disk. I don't know if Adobe's
                  Dir 11 supports .PSD the same way.

                  Photoshop & PaintShop Pro still work better for me with photos and print
                  work.

                  > And other programs??

                  I use the UltraEdit text/programming editor for longer scripts - primarily
                  for column editing and superior search/replace plus other features not
                  available in Director's script editor.

                  3rd party Xtras I use in nearly every Director project:
                  Buddy API
                  OSControls
                  DirectMediaXtra (old version - recommend new version, though)
                  PrintOMatic
                  PropSave
                  ScreenXtra


                  --
                  Mark A. Boyd
                  Keep-On-Learnin' :)