Director 11 Coming in March
Director is, of course, the 20-year-old titan of Web authoring and development Adobe acquired when it bought out Macromedia. There had been some question as to whether Director would be continued as-was or changed radically, given the dominance of Adobe's Web authoring and development tool, Flash, also acquired from Macromedia. However, the latest release is not a radical departure from previous major releases of the software. It continues essentially along an unchanged course, focusing on highly interactive application development for gaming, electronic learning, and simulations.
Version 11 is not, however, just a port for Intel Macs and Vista. It introduces several new features and enhancements, including support for the latest 3D hardware, expanded DirectX support, and a new physics engine called the AEGIA PhysX Engine. It also incorporates enhanced integration with Flash, including support for Flash Video.
Other new features in Director 11 include:
- Unicode support;
- Improved font rendering with sub-pixel anti-aliasing;
- Bitmap filters for effects;
- Script effects; and
- An improved script editing environment.
Director 11 is expected to ship by the end of March for $299 for educators and $99 for students. The student edition, according to Adobe, is exactly the same as the full version except that content created in it can't be sold for profit. The retail version of Director 11 runs $999. Volume licensing is also available. Director will not be available as part of the Adobe Creative Suite in when it ships. Director 11 and Shockwave both run on Mac OS X and Windows. The Mac version of Director is not a Universal Binary. It runs only on Intel-based Macs.