> > I have in the last few years reviewed a number of multimedia presentation
> > applications and found them roughly proportionate relative to price.
> > One exception was a package that cost about nine elevenths of Director. After
> > a series of evaluation projects by several different team members, the client
> > was so impressed that they purchased the package and were phasing out my
> > involvement since they had sufficient skills for the new application. Then
> > they got into a full blown project, no viedo but with hundreds of images,
> > numerous animated GIFs, numerous sound tracks and considerable scripting (JS)
> > for interaction. It seems there was a threshold, beyond which there were
> > memory (?) management problems or some other design limitation/flaw that caused
> > crashes, and try as they might, no workaround was found. You can imagine the
> > interviening activity, but the final result was that the client wrote of the
> > package and picked up where they left off with Director.
> > A couple qualifications here. First, I have not had any experience with
> > iShell, but if I were to look into it I would begin by looking for
> > "significant" projects that had been produced with the product. Second, I
> > would welcome some serious competition to Director because it might prod
> > Macromedia into devoting the necessary resources to their Director product to
> > improve the design and maybe even integrate some of the many other tangents
> > they are off on (and/or significantly improve existing integrations). I
> > personally think there is more room for improvement than the "business
> > beancounters" think is worthwhile, or put another way that the "quality"
> > Director presentation market is just as important as the "quantity" Flash/web"
> > market.
> > Just one take,
> > Lee C
> Hi All,
> Thanks for the feedback!!! I think my project will be quite simple,
> so, Lee's note is good, but, I'm hoping (fingers crossed) that
> whatever I choose I don't end up in that situation.
> The 30 day Director trial. . . what happens if I'm still amidst
> research? (That's one thing I did find out for sure about the iShell
> product, my friend who told me of it said, even after 30 days you can
> extend teh eval copy and it's still fully functional.) So, I just
> want to know the restrictions (if any) on the Director demo before
> grabbing it.
> But regardless, I'm looking at deploying around 6-12 weeks from now
> Thanks again.
I can tell you iShell 4 is something else. You're burning a CD in 20
minutes. So far, no limitations that I've hit, it's just very
different from Director in its approach... more, object oriented.
(It helps me to *think* of it like making multiple web pages, but, the
outcome is the same as Director... a cross platform .exe/application)
You can have iShell actually grab all content and display it from a
database, so once you have something set up once it's easy to re-use
your code (but it's all drag and drop).
And they certainly do have some BIG name titles (Nat. Geographic, tons
of Edu things etc.) But, if you have questions and send them to them
they will answer.