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Software Review: Director 7 Shockwave Internet Studio

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to your Animated GIFs, along comes Director 7 Shockwave Internet Studio If you've never been to a Shockwaved site, perhaps you should go ahead and download the Shockwave plug-in and take a visit to the Macromedia Web site. If you already have the plug-in installed, then you know what all the fuss is about. You're surfing around the Net, perhaps on your lunch break -- or not, and suddenly you arrive at a site that, well, it doesn't look like a normal site. Sure, it's got mouseover effects, and images move around a bit, but wait -- the images don't just move around like typical DHTML images, they're moving too far, fast and smoothly to even be DHTML. There's audio, perhaps even video, and there's a game embedded in the page, and no, it's not just another Java applet. Welcome to Shockwave! Macromedia's latest release of its Director software is being billed as an "Internet Studio." "Transform the Internet through powerful Interactive multimedia!" claims the description on the box. But is this software easy to use as well as powerful? Can your average HTML coder pick it up and be producing quality effects by the end of the day? We took a look at Director 7, and in this review, we'll let you know how it fared and what it can (and can't) do.


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