Macromedia Director MX 2004 Bible

Macromedia Director MX 2004 Bible

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This is the ultimate guide to creating professional presentations for CDs, DVDs, kiosks, Web sites, and desktop computers with Macromedia Director. Step-by-step tutorials and reference resources help both novices and experienced users get the most out of Director. It is completely revised to cover enhancements to Director, including new support for Flash components, new ECMAScript language (based on the same standard as the popular JavaScript and ActionScript), improved dynamic and server-side support, and new 3D support and tools. It covers both Windows XP and Mac OS X platforms and discusses working in the authoring environment, production and editing, programming with Classic Lingo, controlling assets and movies with scripts, and much more. Bonus CD-ROM includes source files and finished projects (still images, audio, and videos) from the tutorials in addition to valuable trial software and freeware.
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  • CD-ROM | 910 pages
  • 187.96 x 231.14 x 50.8mm | 1,360.77g
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • Foster City, United States
  • English
  • 0764569902
  • 9780764569906

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If Macromedia Director MX 2004 can do it, you can do it too...Macromedia Director joins sound, video, 3D images, and still photos into interactive presentations that can enthrall, entertain, educate, and sell - on any desktop or laptop, the Web, a kiosk, CDs, or DVDs. Director's magic is its ability to let you author it all in a single environment, and with this comprehensive manual in hand, you can harness its amazing power. Develop multimedia presentations, create graphics from scratch, maximize Director's versatility with scripting solutions, add interactive capabilities, and much more.Inside, you'll find complete coverage of Macromedia Director MX 2004Explore enhancements in the newest version of Director, such as new Flash support and new 3D toolsUse the Library palette to create sophisticated interactivity and animation without writing codeLearn the exciting new ECMAScript language, rooted in the same standard as JavaScript(TM) and ActionScriptDiscover Lingo and JavaScript syntax and program Director to meet your needsWork with vector shape members and FlashDelve deeper into scripting and learn to manipulate video, play sound, and manage Director's powerful text-handling propertiesManage memory, handle menus and dialog boxes, script for Web-related applications, and create 3D objectsTroubleshoot Lingo and debug your scriptsAll this on the bonus CD-ROMMacromedia(R) Flash(TM) MX 2004, Director(R) MX, Fireworks(R) MX 2004, and FreeHand(R) MX trial versionsTrial of Caligari trueSpace, Sorenson Squeeze(R) Compression Suite, and a demo version of Swift 3D(R)Author files and finished projects from the tutorials, including still images, audio, and video
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About Brian Underdahl

Brian Underdahl is the well--known, best--selling author of over 70 computer books on a broad range of subjects. He has appeared on a number of TV shows including The Computer Chronicles and several TechTV programs. His books have won awards including an Award of Merit from the Northern California Technical Communications Competition and the Referenceware Excellence Award for best title in the Graphic Design and Multimedia category. He has been involved in personal computers from their beginning and has a background in electrical engineering. His last "real" job was as a Senior Programmer/Analyst for a large company where he worked hard to bring the power and freedom of PCs to the desktops. John R. Nyquist is Software Engineer--Developer, Advisory for StorageTek. As an award--winning designer/illustrator, John became obsessed with programming when he started using a Macintosh in 1987. He went on to program in C, Pascal, HyperTalk, Prograph CPX, and AppleScript before his introduction to Lingo in 1993. Since then, he has also worked with C++, Java, JavaScript, ActionScript, and C#. John worked as Senior Software Engineer/Project Lead for Ingenius, a Reuters/TCI company, on its award--winning, cable-- and Web--delivered educational software What On Earth. He led software engineering for CurrentWorks, Inc., developing entertaining educational software including QuizWorks, Bingo! With Mr. Vern, and Quiz 6 to encourage teamwork, group interaction, and cooperation. He is a Sun Certified Java Programmer (SCJP), a Sun Certified Instructor, and has worked as an instructor for Sun Microsystems teaching Java to programmers and nonprogrammers. He coauthored the previous editions of this book, Director 8 and Lingo Bible and Director 7 and Lingo Bible. John is technical editor for Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2 Study Guide, Advanced Lingo for Games, and The Director 6 Book. You can reach John at, or you can visit his Web site at When he isn't programming, writing, or doing artwork, John spends his time enjoying life in Colorado with his wife, Laura, and their children, Alice and Richard. Robert Martin is the Director of Multimedia Services for Klein Buendel, a multimedia development company that specializes in designing interactive health communication programs. He is also an instructor in the multimedia design program at a local college. Rob has been using Macromedia Director for over 10 years to create almost every type of application imaginable, from a Web--based interactive presentation system to an award--winning daily multimedia news journal for kids. Rob began his career over 20 years ago, creating optical special effects for film and multi--image presentations. After 10 years in the dark and up to his elbows in photographic chemicals, he decided the time was right to jump into computer graphics. Not quite ready to leave film entirely, he spent a couple of years running a service bureau that specialized in high--resolution output of computer graphics to film. He went on to design one of the first Director--based interactive presentation systems for a large data--storage company. This experience introduced him to his next career path, interface design. He fine--tuned those skills as the creative director for a company that created educational multimedia applications for kids and teachers. When he's not teaching or creating multimedia projects for research scientists, Rob can be found floating the rivers of the American West in his raft, taking QuickTime VR Panoramas, and writing stories for his Web site, River Journals.
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Table of contents

Preface. Acknowledgments. Part I: Working with Director. Chapter 1: Introducing Director. Chapter 2: Working with Graphics. Chapter 3: Working with the Stage, Sprites, and Score. Chapter 4: Using Text in Director. Chapter 5: Using Sound. Chapter 6: Using Digital Video. Part II: Bringing It All Together. Chapter 7: The Power of Behaviors. Chapter 8: Creating Behaviors. Chapter 9: Fine--Tuning and Outputting Your Movies. Chapter 10: Creating an Interactive Presentation. Chapter 11: Designing a Production Process. Part III: Learning to Program Director. Chapter 12: Programming Fundamentals. Chapter 13: Using Lists and Other Structures. Chapter 14: Object--Oriented Programming. Part IV: Controlling Media with Scripting. Chapter 15: Building Buttons. Chapter 16: Controlling Sprites. Chapter 17: Text Manipulation. Chapter 18: Vector Shape and Flash Scripting. Chapter 19: Sound Programming. Chapter 20: Video Programming. Part V: Further into Programming. Chapter 21: Troubleshooting Programs. Chapter 22: Memory Management. Chapter 23: Using Menus and Dialog Boxes. Chapter 24: Creating Movies in a Window. Chapter 25: Shockwave and NetLingo. Chapter 26: Xtras and File Manipulation. Chapter 27: Image Scripting. Chapter 28: 3D Objects and Scripting. Part VI: Appendixes. Appendix A: A Comparison of Lingo and JavaScript Syntax. Appendix B: Installing and Configuring Director. Appendix C: Glossary. Appendix D: What's on the CD--ROM. Index. End--User License Agreement.
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