Director MX 2004
My name is Carlos-David Donoso and I’m currently working
as the Multimedia Director of NetClick.ca,
a leading web design firm in Montreal, Canada. With all kinds
of interactive projects going on daily basis, I get to work
on many different tools to achieve specific goals. I’m
always on the look out for new authoring solutions and I decided
to try out the latest version of Macromedia Director MX 2004.
I have to say that I haven’t touched Director in a little
while (since version 8.5) but like all of the Macromedia titles,
it didn’t take much time to get familiar with the latest
interface. I have to say that I’m pleasantly surprised
by all the new features and improvements I’ve come to
Macromedia MX 2004 integration
and other new media
MX 2004 integrations
who wonder what exactly Director MX 2004 is, consider it as
THE multimedia developing tool for any platform: CD’s,
DVD’s, kiosks and of course, the Web. You can integrate
virtually any kind of media (audio, video, vectors, bitmaps,
fonts, real-time interactive 3D, Flash) and make them seamlessly
interact with each other allowing you to easily build rich
and complex applications for powerful deliveries.
you have a basic idea of what Macromedia Director MX 2004
is all about and it all sounds very promising doesn’t
it? Well let’s get into details of the new features
and see how really powerful this tool really is.
the popular features Director MX 2004 offers is the ability
to now integrate DVD-video and produce your own DVD applications.
With DVD-burners getting more and more affordable, this will
definitely turn out to be a very interesting title. The embed
Controller components allows you to playback and control your
DVD movies in nearly every way possible. You can use the pre-built
components or you can just as easily customize them yourself.
In addition, you also have the ability to easily add interactivity
with the DVD Event Manager tool. With this visual tool, you
can trigger specific events during DVD playback and customize
them to your needs without having to go through DVD scripting.
And all of this can then be published on cross-platform Director
Projects, stand-alone applications or even the Web in Shockwave
same wave of media features, Macromedia Director MX 2004 has
a couple of new media format support. You can now import the
popular Windows Media and Real Media formats to your projects.
Director also supports QuickTime 6 features like MPEG-4 video
and mp3 audio. Of course an array of other available media
is supported as well, over 40 different types!
MX has the versatility of working with other Macromedia tools
such as Flash MX 2004 and Fireworks MX 2004. You can launch
and edit Flash content from Director MX. By double-clicking
a SWF file, Macromedia Flash opens it automatically and lets
you edit them as you need. Once you’re done, the SWF
file is automatically updated back into Director; a neat little
time saver. The same feature is also available with Fireworks
that you know what you can integrate in Director MX 2004,
how do we make things happen? For years Director has been
using a powerful scripting language called Lingo and programmers
have come to develop some powerful data-driven applications
with this language. There is even a huge community of Lingo
users that exchange abundant resources to answer virtually
any obstacles you may encounter by building your applications.
around, Macromedia has made a serious new introduction to
his multimedia authoring tool; developers have now the option
can use their existing knowledge and apply them to Director
MX without having to learn a whole new language; you can seamlessly
use both languages on a single project allowing both Lingo
that’s productivity! And if that’s not enough
for you, other developing resources can be found with Extra
Extensions. These extensions can add an array of custom features
and functionality to Director MX.
other extensions available for other Macromedia tools, there
are hundreds of available Extras to fit your needs and giving
you the option to actually create your owns in order to share
them with other Macromedia users.
developers, Director MX 2004 supports Internet Protocol. Import
HTML files and keep control of all the links, secure transactions
(HTTPS) for e-commerce applications within Shockwave, two-way
communications (CGI-Post) integration and improved XML parsing.
is always an important aspect of any software and those who
are familiar with Macromedia MX 2004 tools will feel right
at ease in the Director MX 2004’s work environment.
The interface is fully customizable to fit your needs and
that’s either you’re more design oriented or script
even a variety of panel settings to optimize the interface
accordingly to your screen resolution
are already familiar with Director MX, you’ll be pleased
to know that there is a new Sprite & Channel Naming feature
that allows you to manipulate these elements throughout your
projects without affecting the code or reducing productivity
Projector Publishing Panel enables you to customize, save
publishing settings and avoiding redundancies in future projects.
Another improvement regarding Projector, you can now create
cross-platform Projectors, meaning you can publish your applications
or Web based Shockwave content for both Windows (98, 2000,
XP) and Macintosh (OS X).
no doubt about it, Macromedia Director MX 2004 is definitely
the tool of choice for professional multimedia development.
Its versatility to integrate all kinds of media formats, its
strong scripting language structure and its ability to expand
the functionality with the Extra components community will
allow designers and programmers alike to deliver rich and
interactive applications in order to make it available to
A valuable asset to any media production company, I know I’ll
be looking forward to get a copy in the office in the next