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Chapter 9. Interactive Sound Design with Flash and Shockwave

Chapter 9. Interactive Sound Design with Flash and Shockwave

Two of the most popular tools for delivering interactive multimedia on the Web are Macromedia Flash and Shockwave. Both technologies offer superior control over multimedia creation and playback across various browsers and platforms. If you are developing interactive content with motion graphics and sound, using Flash and Shockwave should be your first choice.

While RealAudio was instrumental in bringing the radio broadcasting experience to the Web, Macromedia's influence on interactive media began with the launch of Shockwave in 1995, a technology that converted Macromedia Director presentations into a compressed format for web delivery. About a year after Shockwave's release, Macromedia acquired the technology that has become Flash, which uses efficient vector graphics and compressed audio to create web multimedia. While the two tools have some similar capabilities, they're aimed at different types of projects. Shockwave takes advantage of Director's scripting language, Lingo, to create complex presentations and games. Flash, on the other hand, is handy for simple button rollovers, presentations with basic branching logic, and situations where download speed is critical. Both formats provide the software components and authoring capabilities necessary to build advanced interactive soundtracks and customized media.


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