About the Authors Jonathan Paul Bacon serves as director of the Educational Technology Center at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. The Center seeks to encourage and support the use of instructional technology in the College's curriculum. Jonathan and his staff developed a Web Wizard Workshop series in 1996 that has trained over 175 JCCC faculty and staff to create interactive media assets and Web documents for instructional purposes. Since the mid–eighties, he has written 16 books and dozens of training manuals covering a variety of application software, including Macromedia Director, Adobe Photoshop, Netscape Navigator, DOS, Windows, Microsoft Word, Lotus 1–2–3, and WordPerfect. A sample of his work can be viewed at the Ed Tech Center's site at www.johnco.cc.ks.us/acad/etc. In 1997, Jonathan developed credit courses in interactive media concepts and interactive media assets for JCCC's advanced certificate and degree programs in interactive media. He is a frequent consultant, speaker, conference presenter, and workshop facilitator on topics related to the future of instructional materials, the impact of technology on higher education, instructional uses of technology, and computer–coordinated genealogical research. You can reach Jonathan at email@example.com. Comments, questions, and suggestions are always welcome. Rob Martin is a freelance graphic designer living near Boulder, Colorado. He specializes in creating interface designs, 3D animations, and QuickTime VR photography for the Web and other types of interactive mediums. Rob has been using Macromedia Director for almost 8 years to create multimedia applications that range from simple animations for video to an award–winning multimedia daily news journal for kids. Lately, he has been exploring virtual reality using Director in combination with QuickTime VR technology to create immersive environments. Rob began his career over 20 years ago creating optical special effects for film and multi–image presentations. After 10 years of being in the dark and up to his elbows in photographic chemicals, he decided the time was right to jump into computer graphics. Not quite ready to leave film entirely, he spent a couple of years running a service bureau that specialized in high–resolution output of computer graphics to film. He went on to help design one of the first fully networked interactive presentation systems for a large data–storage company. This experience introduced him to his next career path, interface design. He fine–tuned those skills as the creative director for a company that created educational multimedia applications for kids and teachers. In his spare time, Rob can be found either wandering the desert southwest shooting QuickTime VR panoramas of ancient Anasazi Indian ruins, or sitting in front of his computer building a virtual tour of the planet Mars. Check out his MarsProject Web site at http://www.marsproject.com. You can contact Rob through his Web site at http://marsproject.com/rob, or you can e–mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. John R. Nyquist is the principal of Nyquist Art + Logic, a multimedia and game–development firm. An award–winning designer/illustrator, he became obsessed with programming when he started using Macs in 1987 to do artwork. Since then, he has programmed in Pascal, C/C++, Applescript, and Prograph CPX, before being introduced to Lingo in 1993. He has worked as senior software engineer/project lead for Ingenius, a Reuters/TCI company, on its award–winning, cable– and Web–delivered educational software What On Earth. He now leads software engineering for CurrentWorks, Inc., developing entertaining, educational software to encourage teamwork, group interaction, and cooperation. You can reach John at email@example.com, or you can visit his Web site at http://nyquist.net/. In the real world, John spends his time enjoying life in Colorado with his wife, Laura, and their daughter, Alice. He's looking forward to the birth of their next child in April/May 1999.