I N T E R A C T I V E D E S I G N F O R U M
Issue 13 | July 2000
you're a book-person (not everyone is), I recommend Director 8 and
it takes a cookbook type approach that is easy to follow, even for rank beginners.
Students at the KSUCDA workshop I taught last week did great work, but could only scratch the surface of Director's capabilities. Here's the list of learning resources I prepared for them. Hope you find it useful, too.
So, you've invested in Macromedia Director, the multimedia authoring software that can do just about anything, but you don't know how to learn its many capabilities & features. Mostly you have to dive in and start making stuff with it. Help is available in many forms and many places.
ENROLL IN A COURSE at a college or university. Learning in a group is often better than learning alone because you benefit from other perspectives and ideas. The course may be titled something interesting like "Multimedia Authoring" or, where I teach, "Interactive Multimedia."
USE THE HELP FILES built into the program ("Help" in the menu at the top of your screen). Go through the "Show Me" movies and test each technique yourself as you watch it. Help also includes an alphabetical and searchable index.
READ A BOOK, starting with the manuals that came with your copy of Director. Of the many third-party books about Director, I've found the Director Demystified series useful. At 1200+ pages you get a lot for your money, including a companion CD-ROM with demo files that will help you along. [buy Director Demystified at Amazon.com].
If you're a beginner, you may prefer Director 8 and Lingo by Scott Wilson and Richard Salvatierra. It's smaller and more expensive than Demystified, but may be a better investment. The authors use a simple step-by-step approach with plenty of instructions, sample files and screen shots. The demo exercise on working with lists made this mysterious technique much more understandable to me than the many other explanations I've read. [more about Director 8 and Lingo at Amazon.com]
TALK TO OTHERS who work with Director. Swap Lingo scripts & techniques like guitar players pick up new licks from each other.
GO ONLINE TO:
Director Support Center