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Adobe announces Director 11

updated 09:25 am EST, Tue February 19, 2008

Adobe intros Director 11

Adobe has announced Director 11, the next version of its comprehensive development platform. The program lets developers build games, animations, simulations and more, and publish them to the web as well as the desktop and/or CDs and DVDs. Users can incorporate elements such as Flash files, physics rendering and 3D graphics, and expand with third-party add-ons.

The newest version of Director adds a variety of features, among them support for Flash 9, as well as bitmap filters that can be used as a simpler means of adding image and text effects like shadow or glow. In terms of programming, JavaScript can now be used alongside the native Lingo language, and an enhanced script browser breaks out code (and code snippets) with drag-and-drop functionality. Director 11 is expected to ship towards the end of March, but can be pre-ordered at a cost of $1,000 for the full version, or $300 as an upgrade from the last three editions of the software. Mac OS X 10.4 and an Intel Mac is required.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. bloggerblog

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Thank God!

    I was worried about Adobe discontinuing Director. I hope they'll add independent timelines, like the ones in Flash.

  1. petsounds

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    re: worried

    Why? Director is an anachronism that needs to be given a proper burial. At this point it's only sucking resources from other development projects at Adobe. Keeping it alive on life support was a terrible decision.

  1. csimon2

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Awesome

    The sole reason for me keeping Director installed is because Director supports pretty much all the major video codecs (I also am very accustomed to Lingo). Not having this capability in Flash is a deal breaker for me for some of my video-enabled projects. Having an Intel native version of Director will therefore be great.

  1. lockhartt

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    presumably

    this means that an Intel-native version of Shockwave player is also finally forthcoming?

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