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Chapter 7. Drawing Vector Shapes

Chapter 7. Drawing Vector Shapes

For many years, vector graphics—which are made up of mathematically defined lines and fills—were considered a “poor cousin” to bitmapped graphics. (For more on the difference between vectors and bitmaps, see the “Vectors Compared with Bitmaps” sidebar later in this chapter.) Because they lack the subtlety and texture of bitmapped images, vector images were used primarily for technical illustration, where aesthetic considerations were less important.

Director had no vector drawing capability at all until the Vector Shape window was added in version 7. This late addition was most likely a response to the boost in popularity that vector graphics received from the success of Macromedia Flash.


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