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Macromedia Director 8 is the best-selling multimedia authoring program and the leading tool for creating interactive media for the World Wide Web, CDs, information kiosks, presentations, and interactive TV. Director's easy-to-use interface lets you combine graphics, sound, video, and other media in any sequence and then add interactive features with Lingo, the program's powerful scripting language. This Macromedia Authorized training course introduces you to the major features of Director 8 and guides you step by step through the development of several real-world Director projects.

For those who want to focus just on Director, the first 15 lessons can be considered a course in the capabilities of Director 8. Such a course would cover the fundamentals of creating interactive multimedia and include graphics, text, animation, sound, and digital video. The course would begin with an introduction to Director's user interface and finish with the information necessary to create Shockwave content suitable for display on the Web. No Lingo programming is required for these first 15 lessons.

The second 15 lessons provide you with the ability to take more control of the multimedia elements used in Director projects. While using and expanding on the multimedia material in the first 15 lessons, these lessons focus largely on Lingo, Director's internal programming language. A course built on these lessons would begin with the basics of Lingo, so on previous programming knowledge is required. In the process of learning Lingo, you will learn how to include interactivity, provide navigation through projects, and manipulate graphics, text, sound, and video.

The entire 50-hour curriculum includes these lessons:

Lesson 1: Director Basics

Lesson 2: Animated Bullet Lists

Lesson 3: Reversing Animations

Lesson 4: Transitions, Sounds, and Video

Lesson 5: Adding Interactivity

Lesson 6:More Animation Techniques

Lesson 7: Keyframes and Layers

Lesson 8: Film Loops and Buttons

Lesson 9: Built-in Behaviors

Lesson 10: Custom Cursors and Buttons

Lesson 11: Alpha Channels and Masks

Lesson 12: Sprite Properties and Palettes

Lesson 13: Markers and Navigation

Lesson 14: Fonts and Menus

Lesson 15: Shockwave for Director

Lesson 16: Learning Lingo

Lesson 17: Handlers and Events

Lesson 18: Navigating with Lingo

Lesson 19: Advanced Navigation

Lesson 20: Synchronizing Sprites with Lingo

Lesson 21: Controlling Sprites with Lingo

Lesson 22: Optimizing Scripts

Lesson 23: Keyboard Control

Lesson 24: Using Lists and Multiple Casts

Lesson 25: Databases and Lists

Lesson 26: Using a List Database

Lesson 27: Using a Lingo on theWeb

Lesson 28: Date Conversions

Lesson 29: Creating Hypertext

Lesson 30: Monitoring Director

Each lesson begins with an overview of the lesson's content and learning objectives and is divided into short tasks that break the skills into bite-size units. Lessons also include these special features:

Tips: Shortcuts for performing common tasks and ways to solve common problems by applying the skills you've learned.

Boldface terms: New vocabulary that will come in handy as you use Director and work with multimedia.

Menu commands and keyboard shortcuts: Alternative methods for carrying out commands in the Director Multimedia Studio. Menu commands are shown like this: Menu > Command > Subcommand. Keyboard shortcuts (when available) are shown in parentheses after the step; a plus sign between the names of keys means you press the keys simultaneously.

Appendices A and B provide a quick reference to the Windows and Macintosh shortcuts you can use to give commands in Director.

As you complete these lessons, you'll be developing the skills you need to complete your own Director projects. By the end of the course, you should have mastered all the skills listed under "What You Will Learn" at the end of this introduction.

All the files you need for the lessons are included in the Lessons folder on the enclosed CD. Files for each lesson appear in their own folders, titled with the lesson number. You do not need to copy the Lessons folder to your hard drive. You can complete the lessons by running the files from the CD (although you will probably want to keep the projects you are working on saved on your hard drive).

The folder for each lesson contains a Complete folder, a Media folder, and a Start folder. The Complete folder contains completed files for the lesson, so you can compare your work or see where you're headed. The Media folder contains any media elements you need to complete the lesson. Certain projects require you to use prebuilt files. The prebuilt files are partially created Director files and relieve you from some of the busy work while allowing you to focus on the elements being learned at the moment. The prebuilt files you will need are identified at the beginning of each lesson and can be found in the Start folder for that lesson.

Figure . Files for each lesson appear in their own folders, titled with the lesson number. The Complete folder contains completed Director files for each lesson. The Media folder contains the media elements you need to complete each lesson. If a lesson requires a prebuilt file, you will find the file, usually named Start.dir, inside the Start folder.

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