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Software Review: Director 7 Shockwave Internet Studio

While we're on the topic, the upcoming release of Fireworks will include many new features, such as graphic and text Styles which can be shared among workgroups, and a Find and Replace function with the ability to globally update text, fonts, colors, and URLs. A new URL manager will ensure that your links are consistent throughout your site, and a Behaviors palette will enable the developer to add sophisticated interactivity. Fireworks 2 will be available in March, and is not included with Director 7, however an upgrade for Director 7 owners is available through Macromedia's Website for $39 until June 15, 1999. Director's new Multi-user server enables developers to deploy applications which support multiple users. The Multi-user server supports Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT and Macintosh PPC servers and supports up to 50 simultaneous connections, which makes it possible to serve multi-user games, chat, and whiteboard applications or any Director 7 and Shockwave 7 project. Sample implementations provided include simple chat, group guest books, user databases, and hosted multi-player games. With all these features, Director is sort of like a multimedia Dremel tool for Web developers. Although it's not a cheap tool to purchase, if you are developing a site that features multimedia, you can't go wrong. If you are specifically wanting to develop Shockwave movies, you simply won't find any better tools for the task! Director is a lot like many of the development tools you use each day...it probably took you a while to learn to effectively use them, and every now and then you learn a new task or technique that they can be used for. If you don't plan on using Shockwave applications on your site, you may want to reconsider (just take a quick look at some of the things that you can do with it!).


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