8 Replies Latest reply on Sep 20, 2007 9:24 PM by SAYEG

    Director v Flash

    ripps7
      How is Director different then Flash, and which is better for game development, web based games or otherwise?
      What is latest or best version of Director avaialble today?
        • 1. Re: Director v Flash
          Level 7
          ripps7 wrote:

          > How is Director different then Flash, and which is better for game development, web based games or otherwise?
          > What is latest or best version of Director avaialble today?

          Hi Ripps.

          The question of Director vs Flash has been asked many times.

          I have a FAQ page relating to this with links to articles at:
          http://www.fbe.unsw.edu.au/learning/director/resources/FAQ/web.asp#5

          Here's another link to an article called
          The Best Kept Secret in Town - Application development with Macromedia Director
          http://webddj.sys-con.com/read/45623.htm
          It also compares Director to Flash from an application development point of view.

          The Director Podcast had an episode on Director vs Flash. It can be downloaded from:
          http://www.magicgate.com/podcast/director/shownotes/director_podcast_ep20_06_13_06.html

          The short answer is that Director is superior to Flash in many ways including
          * supports real-time 3D
          * has a greater range of digital media support
          * supports plugins (Xtras) to allow the software to be extended
          * Director can access operating system commands

          Flash is better than Director in some areas. So, if you want to create a game or some other application, your
          choice of tool will depend on what exactly you want it to do.

          To your other question, the current version of Director is MX 2004. This is version 10. There's a 10.1 and 10.1.1
          update that are free to download. Adobe have announced that Director 11 will be released by the end of this year.

          regards
          Dean

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

          • 2. Director v Flash
            Aquilonian Level 1
            Hey Dean, your faqs are great, however some things about flash are a bit outdated, im afraid
            When it was born flash was a tool to make vector graphics but today it has many resources to create and edit bitmaps, you can copyChannels, copy pixels, change the blend mode and many other things
            And about scripting abilities...ActionScript 3 is a true oop language, pretty much like java, based on the ECMA standarts,with many open source projects all over the net
            Im not saying flash is better because besides those two things there is nothing someone can do to prevent his game made in flash to be hacked.With Director there is no such things because, thanks God, dir format is not open source and cannot be decompiled and stolen.
            • 3. Re: Director v Flash
              AlinaX Level 1
              quote:

              Originally posted by: ripps7
              How is Director different then Flash, and which is better for game development, web based games or otherwise?
              What is latest or best version of Director avaialble today?



              Flash is the Web 2D king.
              Director Shockwave is the Web 3D king.
              Any other comments are worthless.

              • 4. Re: Director v Flash
                thismarty
                Personally, I prefer Director's overall approach to visual programming - it's behaviors are very well implemented (does anyone even use Flash behaviors?), it's more structured (no need for a Movie Explorer here) and you always know where your code is (all code is in scripts, just as God intended).

                I also like that Lingo doesn't reversion incompatably every couple of years as it stuggles to become ECMAscript, like Actionscript has been.

                And I really like that no one can (fully) decompile my Director projects like the Flash player's open API has allowed.

                Of course, Flash does have movie clips going for it.
                • 5. Re: Director v Flash
                  Level 7

                  Aquilonian wrote:

                  > Hey Dean, your faks are great, however some things about flash are a bit
                  > outdated, im afraid...

                  Hi,

                  You are right, my faq's are great;)

                  And you're even right that my Flash vs Director page has become dated. A lot of my
                  faq pages havn't got a lot of attention lately. My Director vs Flash one has needed
                  a rewrite and I menat to a whiel ago and then just forgot. But, have changed it
                  now. Is very basic at this point in time. maybe will add more detail later. But,
                  have taken out the vector graphics stuff, which doesn't give an accurate
                  representation.

                  regards
                  Dean

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

                  • 6. Re: Director v Flash
                    Aquilonian Level 1
                    quote:

                    Originally posted by: MartyPlumbo
                    I also like that Lingo doesn't reversion incompatably every couple of years as it stuggles to become ECMAscript, like Actionscript has been.


                    Lingo didnt change but they try to folow adding JavaScript to Director
                    I wonder how sucessfull this was, it seems that JavaScript itself could not attract any new developer to Director because is so easy to find tutorials about lingo and almost nothing about Director's JavaScript
                    This migth be a positive thing, unlike flash you can learn a language without worry that it will change 2 years later

                    • 7. Re: Director v Flash
                      ripps7 Level 1
                      Dean, (and everyone).
                      Thanks for taking time to answer. Great info!
                      • 8. Re: Director v Flash
                        SAYEG
                        Hi guys, nobody aks me, but, in my opinion, if you take the best of both, flash and director, and put it together in a projector, well, the results are just great.
                        http://www.tallerdg.com/mvid/mvid.htm here is a flash movie with some lingo on it.

                        SAYEG5