8.5 Shockwave Studio - Part 1
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PII processor, Windows 95,98,2000,NT4 or ME, Mac G3 or higher,
64MB RAM, 100MB of available disk space, MS DirectX 5.2 or
higher and a 3D accelerator
note: This is the first of two parts - part
2 is located here)
Director 8.5 Shockwave Studio is designed for professional
Web developers and 3D content developers to combine
graphics, sound, animation, text and video to create
streaming, interactive, 3-dimensional, multiuser
content that is easy to deploy on CD-ROM or DVD-ROM,
in kiosks, and on corporate intranets or the Web.
Director 8.5 Shockwave Studio can now also use
Real Networks RealVideo and RealAudio formats directly
within Shockwave content.
Shockwave Studio 8.5 package includes Fireworks
4, Shockwave Multiuser Server 3 and sound editors.
It is a large, all-inclusive program and definitely
not for the faint of heart or bargain basement
Web site designer. However, for the professional
web developer and multimedia designer this program
has the potential to generate enormously creative
output for marketing and 3D animated game productions.
pleasantly surprised on opening the package to find included
with the program a Lingo Dictionary that permitted unlimited
control over modeling by using object-oriented scripting language.
With many authoring programs 'what you see is what you get',
however Lingo provides developers who have a basic understanding
of Java script or Visual Basic with the option to customize
the application using Lingo's syntax.
software loaded smoothly and I began working my way through
the first couple of tutorials to get a feel for the program
and an understanding of how the pop-up menus work. As I worked
through the manual I began to develop a bit of over-confidence
and had to backtrack several times. It was sort of like stepping
out of a four cylinder Chevette into a Maserati and I started
to lose control on the curves. Not a fault of the program,
but rather of enthusiasm and impatience on my part to see
what it could do. Web developers experienced with previous
versions of Shockwave will be able to 'give it a little more
gas'. Being new to the Shockwave experience I had to travel
with a little more caution.
are several very interesting features in this program such
as bones animation and motion blending, which provide unusual
creative control. Bones animation allows developers to use
data points along a fixed path (e.g.: a stick figure inside
a character animation) to create movement, instead of data
points for the entire model. Motion blending is used to realistically
transact the animation from one complex motion to another,
e.g.: walking to running. The Shockwave Multiuser Server 3
component of the studio helps developers create multiuser
Web destinations with features such as real-time messaging,
chat rooms, white board discussions, auctions and multiplayer
games. This platform can handle up to 2000 multiusers at one
be remiss in not including a brief word or two on Fireworks
4, included in the package. I have had previous experience
with several other graphics programs and find that for versatility
and user-friendly operation Fireworks is always my first choice.
Fireworks 4 is no exception.
I have found Director 8.5 Shockwave Studio very user friendly
and easy to implement. The versatility of this program is
limited only by the Web developer and 3D content developer's
imagination and ability.
up to Macromedia on this one!
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