Macromedia announced Director MX 2004 today. This is the most significant release in Director’s history. Why am I excited about this? As a developer who used Director since version 3, it’s been an amazing tool for many projects in the last 13 years or so. The new features in this release brings Director back to the spotlight with features that will attract Flash developers.
Although Flash got all the attention in the last couple of years, Director is still an important tool for:
- content-heavy projects such as CDs / DVDs / kiosks
- true 3D games / product demos / interface / environments
- interacting with the local operating system and devices
- third-party author-time and runtime plug-ins (Xtras)
- pixel-based access
Here are some of the exciting new features in this release:
- Cross-platform projector publishing
- DVD video/event/content support
- Sprite and channel naming
- Improved XML parsing
- Extensive media support
- Flash MX 2004 components
By the way, I’m still deciding on what to do with these old Director boxes. There’s both Mac and Windows versions, and even one unopened Director 5! The later versions were electronically shipped so I don’t have boxes to fill up my space, but they also lacked printed manuals that I still find easier to read than on-screen text… well, at least they saved a few trees.
Looks like it’s time to allocate budget for the upgrade again!