The product also develops projector files for Windows and Macintosh in one step. (A projector file in Director is an executable of a Director application.)
Macromedia’s Director creates fixed-media presentations for formats such as disks, while the company’s Flash technology is focused on Web development.
“It takes (Director) out of the realm of proprietary and puts it in the realm of standard,” said analyst Rikki Kirzner, research director at IDC.
Director MX 2004 supports most major video, audio, bit-map, 3-D, and vector formats.
Video capabilities within the product enable streaming of video files in DVD-Video, Windows Media, RealMedia, QuickTime, and Flash formats. Additionally, the Xtras plug-in architecture enables extension of the application and playback.
Brown also gave a thumbs-up to tighter integration between Flash and Director. “Flash components we can now use straight inside of Director,” he said. Although the products worked together before, integration is now seamless, Brown said.
Director MX 2004 features a customizable workspace. Stage and movie-in-a-window interfaces can be customized for better workspace management.
Due to ship in February, Director MX 2004 costs US$1,199 for new users and US$399 for upgrades from Director 8.5 and Director MX.