the problem isnt turning it in flash. they dont try and promote it or pay much attention to it. while they havent cancelled it. its clearly not a priority.
and now they have legitimate competition in the 3d space. Id rather not see director become an add on for flash. I prefer lingo.
Same here, I prefer Lingo too. This rebranding would rather be a long term rescue for Flash than for Director, I think. Depending what happens with HTML5 and primarily with MPEG4 codecs, Flash is on the edge to lose more and more advantages compared with non-proprietary technologie. Director has the far less, but in the end I think more stable basis with its 3D, Web- and not to forget desktop apps. I think better than to build a "jack of all trades device" that nowhere works real good would be an effort to develop these unique features, making them working perfect. Why ActionScript? My opinion is you can get results faster in Lingo.
Looks like they've been working on a successor to shockwave3d all along - but its for flash. Adobe will release more details in a few months.
I don't think they've been working on it very long, and of course I take full credit for putting the bug in their ear!
If they add a real 3D engine to Flash then I'll be happy to use it. If it's halfway 3D like the support in 10.1, then I'll be disappointed. It sounds promising at this point from what they're saying, but we don't know when and we don't know what yet.
Until then I happen to know that there are some great things coming for Shockwave, including AS3 support, full 10.0 Flash support, and Flex support - it's a pretty long list of upgrades, and people are pretty excited about it. My guess is that it will be released long before Flash 3D.