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13.2. Shockwave

As the Internet-ready form of movies created with Macromedia's Director, Shockwave is an older brother to Flash. Director began life as a program for creating CD-ROMs, so it has a history as a tool for developing complex interactive presentations. When the Web exploded onto the scene, Director quickly morphed into a Web-authoring tool. Because of its CD background, Shockwave offers far more complex programming possibilities, and it's ideal for detailed interactive presentations.

Figure 13-4. At times, it can be hard to tell the difference between the various external media types. This Shockwave game offers animation and interactivity just like a Flash movie. However, for highly interactive games that require precise timing and action, Shockwave is usually a better choice, thanks to its advanced 3-D features and built-in physics principles (like gravity and collision detection). To sample this technology, go to http://www.shockwave.com. There you'll find a mixture of Flash and Shockwave movies. (In this figure, only the rectangular area representing the basketball court is the Shockwave movie.)



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