Director 11 Is Here
Well, believe it or not, the long winter is over. Director 11 has been released. We now have a native Mac Intel version of both Director and Shockwave. We’ve got a new physics engine and a re-commitment to Shockwave 3D as it is now DirectX9 compatible. We’ve got a new text engine with unicode. We’ve got Flash 9 support — sort of. We’ve got the name “Adobe” before “Director”.
Points of contention are: It works on Leopard, but is only officially supported on Tiger (what?!). Old Havok-based movies will work in Shockwave 11 on Windows, but not on Mac since there is no Intel version of the Havok Xtra. The new text engine screws up some text in some old movies. Flash support includes Flash 9 and AS3, but not Flash 9 components. So if you use AS3 components in your Flash movies, they won’t work.
The good news: lots of talk about a commitment to Director and versions 12 and 13 already in the planning stages. I’ll be blogging more in the coming days and weeks about Director 11.