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  • Paperback: 1216 pages
  • Publisher: Macromedia Press; 1 edition (31 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201709201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201709209
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 6.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,405,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When a book calls itself an "official guide" to something, readers inevitably get a little sceptical. But when you're dealing with an application as big as Macromedia Director, an official guide is actually a welcome sight. Director 8 Demystified offers a much-needed road map to the latest version of the multimedia content creation tool, and as the officially sanctioned guide, it offers a complete rundown of the new program.

Written in part by the author of Director 7 Demystified, and the author of the official Director 7 and Lingo Authorized, this new book provides insight from a pair of experienced users, developers, and writers. Broken down into three well-illustrated main sections (four, if you count the one that contains appendices, references and glossary), this massive volume starts with the basics of using Director and then digs deeper into Lingo, scripting, handling multiple movies and Shockwave. Book Three, "Special Topics", goes into lengthy discussions on debugging, troubleshooting, using digital audio and video and Xtras.

Sidebars with tips, important points to remember like compatibility issues, pointers to chapter numbers where a mentioned topic was previously discussed, and most importantly, new or changed features in version 8 appear frequently throughout the book. Although there are also plenty of exercises and examples, more project-based tutorials would have been welcome, especially something on large projects. Content, media management, and handling large content backups aren't dealt with in enough depth either.

Director 8 Demystified is an almost mandatory book for the serious Director user. Comprehensive, thorough and filled with code snippets and examples, it should be bundled with Director itself. --Mike Caputo

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Previous editions of Director Demystified have been hailed as the essential companion to Director ― the book that stays next to the computer rather than on the shelf. This new edition will cover features new to Director 8, such as improved design and authoring tools and the ability to sort cast members by name, size, and date with the Cast Manager. Additional features include enhanced media control, multiuser connectivity, and one-click publishing of Shockwave content.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By undercliff@compuserve.com on 29 Oct. 2000
Format: Paperback
I have used and recommended earlier editions of this book for my courses on Multimedia programming at degree level in MM degrees. The Director 8 version is as good if not better than earlier editions. Not only do I use it as a teaching reference, but I continue to use it as a professional developer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Nov. 2000
Format: Paperback
I considered myself to be fairly adept at Director and was wondering why I would need this book.
I never regreted it.
Everything you ever wanted to know about the ins and outs of Director are easily accessable in one single book. I wouldn't dream of using Director now without it! The tutorials are quite easy enough to do, but it is the latter stages where the this comes into it's own. Every piece of Lingo script you could possibly imagine is here!
Brilliant.
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By AWM on 17 May 2010
Format: Paperback
Even though I now use Director MX, I still usually turn to this book, even though it relates to an earlier version. Its explanations are clear, information is easy to find and it comes (or should come) with a very useful CD containing royalty-free effects and sound files along with sources for all the demos shown in the book.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Lingo is still mystified. 6 Sept. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have been playing with programming for a little over a year. I took a couple of java classes to start, which were mainly geared toward creating applets. That experience showed me that the best way to learn was to get a good book, because you can buy about 6 or 8 expensive books (or more) for the price of one expensive class, and the classes are reprises of some book or other. It's a matter of finding the right book, or at least a good book. I'm not going to rave about this book. It's good, and it got me well started with director, but I'm glad I had the other programming experience (I've played with VB as well) to make Lingo a little more accessible. Lingo is a powerful and complex language in its own right, and it is the real power in Director. You will have an animation going in the first hour you use this book, but expect to have to create some new neural pathways to understand Lingo as you get deeper into it. I am writing this to give my brain a much needed break from the Ancestor, Parent, Child coding that is director's version of classes and instances, and to warn you of what you will encounter. There is a 400 page lexicon of the language at the end of the book, which I am sure will be handy once I accept that I have to get a handle on it. I understand the popularity of Flash now, it does what java applets claimed they would do but in a much more user friendly envoirenment (evolution I guess), but it doesn't go as far as director in it's language potential. I belive that Director can do a great deal of what the rest of java promises as well - director isn't just for the web. Buy the book, but don't expect an easy road.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The Search is Over .... 25 Dec. 2001
By Solo Goodspeed - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Of all the applications I've self-taught, Macromedia Director has got to be the toughest one to find a concise tutorial publication for. I tried the Visual Quickstart, which is just that: program features in depth, with no practical exercises. I tried Training from the Source, which focussed mostly on the 3D capabilities, only slightly skimming the rest of this massive program's productivity tools. It seemed for a while there was no one book I could use to get up and running with Director; at one point I literally had four books piled on each other to use as a cross reference!
The reason I put off checking out this title was because it didn't cover 8.5, which is what I'm using .... now I'm kicking myself for all the time and money I could have saved picking it up to begin with. The only difference between 8.0 and 8.5 is the 3D tools, and frankly (at least for now) that is a trivial plus to this industry standard, interactive media development tool that I've wanted to get a handle on since getting my first Mac back in '93.
Starting with a guided tour of the interface, working through simple step-by-step fundamental exercises, and culminating in a massive Lingo glossary, I'm happy to say my search for the all-in-one-book beginner's guide to Macromedia Director is over. Replete with screenshots galore, as well as a CD rom with tutorial materials and tantalizing sample files (including one created for Oingo Boingo, now how cool is THAT), I must concede with the other reviewers in this section that "Demystified" is the ultimate starting place for Macromedia's defining application, hands down. Now, if only there were more hours to the day ....
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Great source for Lingo 18 Jun. 2001
By Ken2001 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Despite the title, this book is the best source for learning Lingo, especially if you're a beginner. I didn't find this out until recently, while shopping for a book on Lingo. After looking over several books, such as Director In A Nutshell, I found myself intimidated by all the scripting and technical jargon associated with Lingo. I was looking for a book that could explain each aspect of Lingo in simplistic terms augemented by examples (both in the book and on CD). After weeks of searching, I discovered that the best source for Lingo was already in my possession. Initially, I bought the book for my college classes, but eventually, because of desperation, I decided to refer to it for examples in Lingo. To my surprise, it covered everything I needed to know plus gave tips on how to efficiently apply the language.
This is a great book for learning Lingo as well as the rest of Director. I recommend it to anyone who is beginning to learn the software. The content is easy to follow and ...can learn to create simple movies easily. The only subject that this book doesn't get into deeply is Shockwave. There is a short chapter on it, but it doesn't go beyond the basics. However, there are other books such as Shocking the Web that can get you up to speed on Shockwave. Other than that, I have no complaints about the book and will always use it whenever I have a problem with Director.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Get This Book! 31 Aug. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was familiar with Flash yet very intimidated to try and learn Director, but this book presented itself clearly and conscisely. Right from the start it gets you through the most basic tasks, giving you really great tips and hints along the way. I was impressed with how much I could create with the program after just one day. It's extremely well written in easy to understand. Don't let its size intimidate you, (1200+ pages)...its well worth it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Learning Director/Lingo 3 July 2001
By Nick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
So you wanna learn Director? It's a daunting task, esp if Lingo is your 1st language (but it's also an excellent choice! You can do so much w/ Director to keep you engaged, and it's no where near as convoluted as Java. Closer to VB but much more fun.) Spend some money ... and read these books in THIS order (and do every tutorial!) 1. Demystified. Gets into concepts more than just typing in stuff that you don't understand. Great short, straightforward examples. It will provide a fantastic basis for the next book (you'll actually know what you're doing...) 2. Authorized. Basically a bunch of tutorials. Mandatory! 3. LINGO in a Nutshell. Granted it only goes to Director v. 6 but it's still the best pure LINGO book for the money. Dry, but you will have mastered the language if you carefully get through it. Invaluable albeit dated as a reference. 4. (Optional) Advanced Lingo for Games. Games put programmers and programs through their paces. Great, fun book.
Do 1 through 4 and you will have mastered this great Macromedia program! Take your time, don't get frustrated. Learning Director and Lingo is a process. Good luck!
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