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Director 8 for Macintosh and Windows: Visual QuickStart Guide, 5th Edition

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Director 8 for Macintosh and Windows: Visual QuickStart Guide, 5th Edition

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  • Task-based—Information is broken down into concise, one- and two-page tasks.
    • Allows students to learn the most important tasks of a program or operating system and get right to work on any project. Ex.___

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  • Visual Reference—Plenty of screen shots illustrate the step-by-step instructions.
    • Visually demonstrates and reinforces the instructions for a particular task as the students work at their computers. Ex.___

  • Quick Reference Tabs—Tabs on each page identify the task.
    • Easy for the instructors and students to find a particular task and makes these texts useful after the course ends. Ex.___

  • Shaded sidebars.
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  • Tips.
    • Highlighted through the book offer author advice, time-saving shortcuts, and pointers for students who want a further understanding of the program. Ex.___

  • Industry-leading Authors.
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  • Copyright 2000
  • Edition: 5th
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  • ISBN-10: 0-201-70258-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-201-70258-3

Get up and running quickly with Macromedia's leading program in multimedia authoring. An easy, visual approach to teaching Director. Uses screenshots to guide you through the software. Set up to be used like a reference book: Look up just what you need to know to get right to work. Step-by-step instructions show you how. The book will be updated to include better graphics and have an expanded Web coverage. New Director 8 material will be covered.


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Table of Contents


1. Director Basics.

How Does Director Fit in the Mix? About the Stage and Toolbar. About Cast, Score, and Stage Interaction. About Sprites and Cast Members. About Director Windows. About Director Inspectors. Getting Started. Creating a Movie. Director's Help System. Working Faster. General Preferences. Movie Properties. Updating Movies.

2. Assembling Casts.

Creating Casts. Importing Cast Members. Working in List View. Working in Thumbnail View. Managing Cast and Cast Member Properties.

3. Building a Score.

Using Frames and Channels. Working with Sprites. Changing Sprite Properties. Locking Sprites. Changing the Score View. Setting Markers.

4. Animating Sprites.

Tweening. Adjusting Motion. Step Recording. Real-Time Recording. Building Animated Sequences. Making Film Loops. Animating Color Cursors. Incorporating Flash Movies.

5. Playing & Refining Movies.

Using the Control Panel. Setting Movie Tempo. Comparing Target Tempo with Actual Tempo. Locking Playback Speed. Setting Pauses in a Movie. Using Scene Transitions.

6. Using Paint Tools.

Getting Started. Selecting and Moving Images. Painting. Using Ink Effects. Ink Effect Choices. Using Color and Pattern. Painting with Gradient Inks. Adding Text. Applying Effects. Using Ink Masks. Onion Skinning. Applying Image Filters.

7. Drawing Vector Shapes.

Creating Vector Shapes. Editing Vector Shapes.

8. Working on the Stage.

Setting Stage Properties. Zooming and Scrolling the Stage. Using Grids and Guides. Creating Shapes on the Stage. Creating Buttons on the Stage. Creating Text on the Stage.

9. Managing Color.

Color Depth. Color Mode. Color Choices. Color Palettes. Custom Color Palettes. Tactics for Limited Color Displays.

10. Adding Digital Video.

Importing Digital Video. Previewing a Digital Video. Incorporating Video. Setting Digital Video Properties. Editing Video. Importing Animated GIFs.

11. Adding Text.

Creating and Editing Regular Text. Importing Text. Embedding Fonts. Creating Field Text. Setting Text for Users to Change. Setting Text for Hyperlinks.

12. Adding Sound.

Importing Sounds. Placing Sounds in the Score. Synchronizing Sound to Actions. Compressing Sounds. Streaming Linked Shockwave Audio or MPEG 3 Sound Files. Recording Sounds in Director (Mac).

13. Creating a Projector.

Setting Projector Options. Making a Projector. Protecting Movie Files.

14. Making Movies for the Web.

Working with Shockwave. Creating a Shockwave Movie. Playing a Shockwave Movie. Making Stretchable Shockwave Movies. Working with Publish Settings. Making Streaming Shockwave Movies. Converting Multiple Movies.

15. Using Xtras.

Understanding Xtra Types. Installing Xtras. Using Xtras. Including Xtras in Distributed Movies. Including Xtras with Projectors. Using Xtras for Shockwave Movies. ActiveX Controls (Windows).

16. Adding Behaviors.

Assigning Behaviors. Using the Behavior Inspector. Creating Behaviors. Modifying Behaviors.

17. Scripting Lingo.

Understanding Scripts. Writing Scripts. Understanding Handlers, Messages, and Events. Understanding Lingo Elements. Scripting Navigation. Using the Message Window. Using Variables. Making Sprites Interactive. Using Lingo for Animated Cursors. Setting Up Primary Event Handlers.

18. Shockmachine.

Understanding Shockmachine Basics. Preparing Shockwave Movies for Playback in Shockmachine.




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