Max 2005: Director “Birds of a Feather” Gathering

Thomas Higgins from Macromedia lead a question and answer session tonight for Director developers. About 30 people attended. When asked about the future of Director, he said the he expects a major release in about 12 months, which is good news. But the Director team, which now numbers about a dozen or so, is waiting for the Adobe aquisition to complete before knowning their path for sure.

Big development: Macromedia announced Macromedia Labs today, a Web site that will feature information and alpha builds of future versions of products. It launched today with information about future versions of Flex. Tom said that participation in the Labs is up to the development teams, and that he is very interested in having the Director team be a part of it. This would mean that we might be able to see information and even public alpha versions of Director in the future. He acknoledged that this is a huge departure from the secrect of the past.

One interesting direction for Director that Tom talked about is to take over the Flash wrapper market. Apparently there is a lot of money being made by “wrappers” that create executable files from Flash movies while adding extra functionality like file IO and menu bars. Director, of course, can do just that and is already used by many for this. But even more people look elsewhere for expensive but less capable solutions. So maybe the next version of Director may have some things that offer more for those wanting to wrap Flash movies into robust stand-alone applications.

When asked about what direction he thought the next version of Director may take, Tom offered thoughts that they may try to focus on more powerful features for projectors, since Web-based media is already ruled by Flash. Seems like a decent idea to me.

Posted on October 17, 2005 at 8:57 pm by site admin · Permalink
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  1. Written by Kelli
    on 10/18/2005 at 12:29 am

    30 people? That’s it? Wow.

    “”” he expects a major release in about 12 months”””

    It’s almost been a full dev cycle (time wise) since the MX 2004 release. When was that 18, 19 or 20 monthts ago?

    And we gotta wait another month for the merger to close and then another 12 months for new features.

    That’s close to January 2007 for a ship date. How is this good news?

  2. Written by Casey
    on 10/18/2005 at 6:52 am

    Was there any talk on what they have been working on since the last release? I mean, we are close to their typical dev cycle between versions. Any word on movie clips for Director, more robust 3D(version 2 engine), fully working LDMs or anything new? Will the Dev Team be showing a Sneak Peek like in the past, or are they waiting on the merger to start anything new at all?


  3. Written by Gary Rosenzweig
    on 10/18/2005 at 8:41 am

    Well, we Tom reinterated that they are now working on the Flash 8 Xtra, which will be released soon, when it is ready, and not as a major update. He also pointed out that the fact that he can and has talked about the Flash 8 Xtra development is already showing there is a change in “secrecy” as he was not allowed to talk about such things in the past. And yes, Director is a part of the Sneak Peek tonight. I’ll be reporting on that. Stay tuned…

  4. Written by Tom Higgins
    on 10/18/2005 at 11:18 am

    People, please relax a bit. I was asked when another release of Director might be provided and I honestly cannot tell folks when that might occur, so I took a broad approach and said it will be futher out than 3 months but less that 12. I can’t get more specific than that and Gary graciously quoted the longer of the two time frames which I appreciate, I’m just trying to convey to people that we are working on the product and we do have plans under way. When I can be more specific, I will be… 🙂

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