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Director 7 and Lingo Bible Paperback – 10 Aug 1999

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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 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 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 You can contact Rob through his Web site at, or you can e–mail him at 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, or you can visit his Web site at 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.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
I reach for this book whenever I code myself into a corner. 16 Aug. 1999
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When I began reading this book, I had been a user of Director for about three years. While my experience producing multimedia CD-ROMs using Director had been good, it always took forever to work out the bugs in my Lingo code. I knew there was a better way to write the Lingo scripts using object-oriented programming techniques, but I didn't understand the concepts or how to do it very well. I was also reluctant to change from my tried-and-true style of programming that had worked for me since beginning with Director 3.
I'd read other books about Director and tried a few things to push my personal envelope, without a lot of success. But as I began to read in this book about how to use OOP structures in behaviors, it was like a light turned on. This book made it very understandable. I kept (figuratively) slapping my forehead and saying "of course!" as I tried the examples in the chapters. I can't remember the last time I've become so excited about learning something new as I have with this book. It has really empowered me to become a better multimedia developer. With the new understanding this book gave me, I'm more confident that I can build any interface feature I want into my Director projects. Before, when a client would ask for some feature, I would be hesitant to agree or promise it. Now I don't have to "kludge" things together...and I can implement it fast and with high reliability so that works consistently in cross-platform projects. My turn-around time on projects is also a lot faster now.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Clear, practical guide to Director 7 21 Oct. 1999
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Format: Paperback
I turned to this book after making the mistake of buying Lingo Sorcery to learn object-oriented programming in Director. It was a great relief to find (at last) a coherent introduction to OOP in Lingo, with lots of examples in the text and code on the CD. The rest of the book is terrific, too.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Beats Director 7 Demystified 28 Mar. 2000
By Aral Balkan - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have both this book and Director 7 Demystified. They both have their strengths and weaknesses but if I had to choose one out of the two, I would definitely go with the Director 7 and Lingo Bible. It has more real-world examples and techniques than Demystified and is much easier to read. In fact, it was my initial frustration with the Demystified book that lead me to search for a better one.
I just finished my first real Lingo project about a week ago. The project required an undetermined number of sprites to be created and used and thus I needed to use objects to create and control sprites. Although Demystified goes into Object Oriented Programming, it stops short of explaining how to apply it to dynamically creating sprites (as would be required for any game-type application). The Bible, on the other hand, was clear and precise about this and led me to finally understand OOP and how to control sprites using OOP in Director.
Demystified is not a bad book, don't get me wrong: It is huge and has lots of information in it. I just find that the Bible constantly has the answers I'm looking for as I work on real-world applications whereas Demystified, in spite of it's size, frequently doesn't.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Director 7 and Lingo Bible 18 Jan. 2000
By John Judy - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is the most comprehensive and clearly written book on Director that I've ever seen. The book is well organized from cover to cover. And best of all, even the abstract terms are presented in a clear and understandable manner. Director is in many ways, abstract due to the scope of the multimedia application. Thus, there are not a lot of well-organized, clearly written books on director out there, but this book is an exception.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Excellent! 13 Oct. 1999
By Marcelo Rocha de Souza - Published on
Format: Paperback
I'm a graphic designer and I always felt like reading a book about Lingo programming like this! It's straightforward and full of practical examples. If you want to improve your jobs and reach another level as a good professional, I think you must acquire this book! Congratulations!!
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