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Hi all, There hasn't been much news of Director updates lately. But there has been a number of questions about its future from people here. John Dowdell, an Adobe Developer Support person made some comments on his blog in the last few days speculating that Director's development cycle is over. He is not part of the Director team and was just guessing. The one positive result of his comment is that it has brought out some public comments from key people in the Director development team to set the record straight. See the blog at: http://weblogs.macromedia.com/jd/archives/2007/06/golive_9.cfm#comments From Tridib Roy Chowdhury, ...

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    Hi all,

    There hasn't been much news of Director updates lately. But there has
    been a number of questions about its future from people here. John
    Dowdell, an Adobe Developer Support person made some comments on his
    blog in the last few days speculating that Director's development cycle
    is over. He is not part of the Director team and was just guessing. The
    one positive result of his comment is that it has brought out some
    public comments from key people in the Director development team to set
    the record straight.

    See the blog at:
    http://weblogs.macromedia.com/jd/archives/2007/06/golive_9.cfm#comments

    From Tridib Roy Chowdhury, Director of Products at Adobe
    Adobe has invested in a large engineering team which is working towards
    the next release of Director 11
    snip
    We are also getting ready to start the discussions on the Director 3
    year roadmap.

    K Venkatesh, Senior Program Manager, Director-Shockwave.
    Director-Shockwave combo is alive and kicking. The version 11 is due in
    2H07 and I manage the release program of Director and Shockwave.
    snip
    Stay tuned for more updates.

    regards
    Dean

    Director Lecturer / Consultant / Director Enthusiast
    http://www.fbe.unsw.edu.au/learning/director
    http://www.multimediacreative.com.au
    email: edu.au


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    Dean Guest

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    Thanks for the update Dean.

    Blogs like that are enough to make anyone nervous...

    Cheers

    Richard Smith


    Richard Guest

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    I just wish that I couldn't do without D10 and now D11 if and when it's
    released. Director MX does everything I need it to (I haven't had a call
    yet for DVD) and Director MX is the Windows XP of Multimedia development. I
    know I'll be forced to upgrade to Vista one of these days and I wouldn't be
    surprised if I'll be forced to upgrade Director as well.

    Such is the fate of those of us who are ruled by the microprocessors in our
    lives...I'm guessing that includes 98% of the population.

    I've been using Director since the days when it was called Videoworks (if I
    remember correctly) and I've seen the added utility of each new version drop
    like a typical cell phone call. I know there are many out there who can't
    wait for a new version, some because new features will allow them to develop
    more interesting projects and thus possibly enhance their income and some
    because, well, they have upgraditis. But I am also aware of the fascinating
    creativity that most previous versions of Director since about D7 allow us
    to tap into if we dig a bit rather than waiting for some canned code that
    will allow us to take the easy way out.

    etc, etc, etc.

    --
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    Lingo Specialist
    Word of Mouth Productions
    212-928-9581

    www.wordofmouthpros.com
    "Dean Utian" <edu.au> wrote in message
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    Just to add, JD's blog post wasn't specially on Director. It 's main focus
    was the GoLive launch. He then anticipated likely
    questions by linking to the recent FreeHand FAQ, and said "No fresh word
    on Director or Authorware yet, but I don't expect much further evolution in
    either myself... expect the most Adobe investment in areas which are
    expanding most quickly."
    http://weblogs.macromedia.com/jd/archives/2007/06/golive_9.cfm

    So was a small comment about Director not evolving. But, many here will
    know, the Director community is very sensitive, so people would read a lot
    into any reference made to it. Hopefully the comment by KV "Stay tuned for
    more updates" will happen in the Adobe Director product pages.

    regards
    Dean

    Director Lecturer / Consultant / Director Enthusiast
    http://www.fbe.unsw.edu.au/learning/director
    http://www.multimediacreative.com.au
    email: edu.au


    Dean Guest

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    To me JD's speculation doesn't seem too far off the mark anyway. From what I
    understand, the major feature of D11 upgrade is that it (and applications
    built with it) will run natively under Vista...which while obviously vital
    isn't *that* much of an evolution...

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    Peter Guest

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    Peter Blumenthal wrote:
     

    Hi Peter,

    Another big update is Unicode text. I'm not sure if you've had much experience
    in this area. It is quite a significant change to text treatment and would be a
    very large job to implement. So, Director 11 is bound to be more than a
    maintenance release.

    As I've said before, Macromedia neglected Director and let bugs and cracks
    develop in the code. Part of Adobe's update to the new Operating Systems is to
    close as many of the cracks and legacy bugs and build a much stronger base for
    future development. So, while Director 11 may not have the wave of new features
    we'd all like to see (like 3D engine etc.), I'm hopeful it will be the start of
    a stronger future under Adobe.

    If Adobe really wanted to depreciate Director, the could have written it off now
    and avoided OS updates and things like Unicode. To me, this investment of time
    and resources shows they ARE NOT looking at Director as a short term thing.

    regards
    Dean

    Director Lecturer / Consultant / Director Enthusiast
    http://www.fbe.unsw.edu.au/learning/director
    http://www.multimediacreative.com.au
    email: edu.au


    Dean Guest

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    tr wrote:
     

    Hi Timm,

    I have spoken to Adobe people on the topic on the Xtra front, particularly after
    people posted here asking about the XDK (Xtra Development Kit). Some of what I
    was told can't be share publicly but the team is working towards supporting the
    Xtra community.

    I have also spoken to many Xtra Developers through my various Director
    endeavors, and more recently, when I updated the UpdateStage Mile High Table O
    Products.
    http://www.updatestage.com/external/the-mile-high-table-oproducts.html

    Unfortunately, the Xtras industry isn't large at the moment. There are a lot of
    Xtras around but not a lot of people buying. There are still many developers
    willing to keep their Xtras going and take on Xtras people no longer want to
    support. It is sad to see Xtras Developers leaving the market. The success of
    Xtras is dependent on the success of Director. So, let's hope Adobe can bring
    new life into Director's market.

    regards
    Dean

    Director Lecturer / Consultant / Director Enthusiast
    http://www.fbe.unsw.edu.au/learning/director
    http://www.multimediacreative.com.au
    email: edu.au


    Dean Guest

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    If you don't think it is worthwhile, then why even suggest it? Or are
    you just looking for an excuse to vent?

    I think we are going to see what Xtras can be counted on moving forward,
    after th D11 release. Based on my limited knowledge of the XDK, nearly
    all Xtras are going to need to be updated in some fashion with Vista and
    MacOSX Intel support.

    Charles P.


    tr wrote: 
    Charles Guest

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    Charles Parcell wrote:
     

    Charles - you've come in to a comment from Timm that is a result of discussions on
    multiple threads, one of which an Xtra developer was trying unsuccessfully to get
    the XDK from Adobe. With news that some Xtra developers are leaving, someone
    hearing these things can conclude that Xtras aren't getting the support from Adobe
    and are losing their viability in the industry. So, I read Timm's message as a
    wish to somehow save Xtras from disappearing and still give the creators of them
    some financial benefit. But, it is an idealistic wish, perhaps that what Timm was
    implying.

    Now, Timm and others are coming to conclusions from bits of info read here.
    However, this is a small part of the picture. I agree it is not a good thing for
    Xtra developers to be leaving. It is an indication they are not making a good
    income from their Xtras, which can be a reflection of a diminishing Director
    market. It is important for Director's market to grow and for Adobe to support the
    Xtra community so that there is an incentive for developers to stay and make
    money. I believe Adobe is making this effort.

    On the blog that started this thread, the Adobe Director team announced they are
    working on the 3 year road map. That shows a long term commitment. And I believe
    Adobe realise the importance of Xtras in the grand scheme of the program and its
    use,

    While many here have frustrations by apparent lack of action by Macromedia and now
    the wait for the next version by Adobe, we do need to be patient.

    regards
    Dean

    Director Lecturer / Consultant / Director Enthusiast
    http://www.fbe.unsw.edu.au/learning/director
    http://www.multimediacreative.com.au
    email: edu.au



    Dean Guest

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    Hi all,

    Was at the first of the 2 Adobe run eSeminars on Director. First, Thanks
    and a pat on the back go to Adobe for recognising the importance of giving
    Director some exposure and marketing through this event. Thepresenter was
    Tom Person, Adobe eLearning Evangelist.

    The eSeminar did not cover anything new, particularly if you're familiar
    with Director. It mainly introduced the program, showed some features and
    reassured people that Adobe value Director.

    There was a question session at the end where, not surprising, most of the
    questions revolved around Director 11 and the future. The participants did
    not sign an NDA so Tom could not give too much away. He pretty much covered
    what has been released publicly at places like:
    http://www.adobe.com/products/director/special/crossproduct/faq.html

    regards
    Dean

    Director Lecturer / Consultant / Director Enthusiast
    http://www.fbe.unsw.edu.au/learning/director
    http://www.multimediacreative.com.au
    email: edu.au


    Dean Guest

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    Dean,

    Thanks for keeping us up to date and all your hard work on behalf of
    Director!

    Timm


    tr Guest

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