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Director 8.5 Studio: with 3D, Xtras, Flash and Sound [Paperback]

Andrew Cameron , Brian Douglas , Kenneth Orr , Christopher Robbins , José Rodriguez , Karsten Schmidt , Darrel Plant , Christopher Schmitt , Kev Sutherland , Justin Clayden , Thomas Blaha , Andrew Allenson , Jose Rodriguez
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July 31, 2001 1903450691 978-1903450697

There are things that Flash does badly or not at all—namely, sound and 3D. These two also happen to be the hottest areas for web development, as more and more segments of the entertainment industry realise that for sound and 3D, and a heavyweight project, Director is the tool of choice.

Director has long been established as the premier multimedia authoring tool. Version 8 brought closer web focus. But Director 8.0 did not include Flash asset management, nor was it capable of working in 3D. With the upgrade to 8.5, Director has become an important Flash-compatible 3D development tool. This integration of two of Macromedia's most exciting graphics tools, as well as the inclusion of a sophisticated 3D modelling environment, mean that Director 8.5 is not a half-version so much as a rapid response to a burgeoning and demanding market. Following the multi-author single-voice Studio format, this book brings together experts in the many different facets of Director lore and technique, programming and modelling.

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Who this book is for

  • Multimedia designers interested in working with the net and/or multimedia computer graphics
  • Flash 5 users who need to deepen and perfect their Director skills, required for working with 3D and more sophisticated interactivity than they can achieve with Flash

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3D is one of the hottest areas for web development right now as more and more segments of the entertainment industry realize that both on and off web, motion graphics is the interface. The higher end of the web design community is realising that for 3D motion graphics, and a heavyweight project, then Director 8.5 is the tool of choice.

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Sham Bhangal�has worked on books in new media for�five years,�during which time he has authored and co-authored numerous friends of ED books, including critically acclaimed, award-winning, and bestselling titles like Foundation Flash, New Masters of Flash, Flash MX Upgrade Essentials, Flash MX Most Wanted, and the Flash MX Designer's ActionScript Reference. He has considerable working experience with Macromedia and Adobe products, as well as other general web design technologies (such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, etc.). In addition to speaking appearances at FlashForward, the biggest Macromedia Flash developer conference, Sham has also been a beta tester for Macromedia and Discreet products for a number of years.

Christopher Schmitt is the principal of, Inc., a new media publishing and design firm, based in Tallahassee, Florida. An award-winning web designer who has been working with the Web since 1993, Christopher interned for both David Siegel and Lynda Weinman in the mid-1990s while an undergraduate at Florida State University for a fine arts degree with emphasis on graphic design. He shows his true colors and most recent activities at his personal website, Speaking at conferences like The Other Dreamweaver Conference and SXSW, Christopher has given talks demonstrating the use and benefits of practical CSS-enabled designs. In his continuing efforts to help spread the word about web design, he is the list mom for Babble, a mailing list community devoted to advanced web design and development topics.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: friendsofED (July 31, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903450691
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903450697
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.6 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,478,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good ratio between theory and practise ! October 22, 2001
By Marco
I've used Director for 5 years and i found this book full of good examples. I found the Object Oriented Programming chapter so exciting...Probably one of the best book on Director i've read (i'm waiting for Gary's new Book - Using Macromedia Director 8.5).
Buy it, non ve ne pentirete !
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5.0 out of 5 stars The juice. September 14, 2001
This is awesome! I've used Director for 2 years and was really excited about the new 3D features in 8.5 but thought I'd have to spend months learning how to use the engine. In 1 week of reading this I made my first user activated 3D projector that plays sound relational to my world.
I know why this book is so good: I looked at these guys sites in the front of the book for these authors - these guys really know how to create. Examples are inspirations!
This is the juice. I want more. Give me more.
PG Juice.
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