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Chapter 13. mBed Interactor

Chapter 13. mBed Interactor

Although standard formats—such as GIF, QuickTime, and Shockwave—fill most requirements for online animation, other formats have been developed to fill smaller niches. mBed Software's mBed Interactor is an excellent example of a format that allows you to create anmated interactive media for Web delivery without the overhead imposed by more full-featured formats. It has the unique advantage of being able to create content in its own pro prietary format (which requires the mBed plug-in) or in ActiveX, Java, or DHTML versions, which makes mBed Interactor a flexible tool for handling a variety of animation demands.

Interactor is a far simpler solution for creating highly interactive Web multimedia and animation than Macromedia's Director with Lingo programming. The mBed technology allows you to create animated interactive media, called mBedlets, that can be embedded in HTML Web pages. This simplicity cuts both ways, however. The level of interactivity possible in mBedlets is not nearly so high as in Director, and the features for creating animation are substantially less sophisticated than those in Macromedia's authoring tools.


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