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Shockwave

As the Internet-ready form of movies created with Macromedia’s Director, Shockwave is an older brother to Flash. Director has a longer history as a tool for developing complex interactive presentations. It began life as a program for creating CD-ROMs. But when the Web exploded onto the scene, Director quickly morphed into a Webauthoring tool. Because of its CD background, Shockwave offers complex programming possibilities, which makes it ideal for detailed interactive presentations (Figure 13-7).

Like Flash, Shockwave requires a plug-in, but unlike the Flash plug-in, this one doesn’t generally come preinstalled with Web browsers. If you include Shockwave animation in your Web site, many of your visitors will need to download the Shockwave player—a 3.5-megabyte download!


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