RE: [-empyre-] capacious processing
I have on many occassions felt it would be great to see a tool like Director
developed from scratch among networked programmers, a tool that learns from
the history of Director and avoids the non-object-oriented heritage and
other failings of Director. Timeline metaphors are very useful conceptually
and they allow non-programmers entry, but usage of timelines should be
*entirely* optional, ie, use them if you want, but they simply involve
processes that are *completely* controllable via programming structures so
that you don't have to use the timeline if your needs and project scale make
the limitations of the timeline inappropriate.
just a note...
There actually have been quite a few tools developed like this over
the last 10 years...
Most have been bought up by large companies and either stunted or
killed, or abandoned because nobody wants to fund their development
through to a package that can be sold on the general market.
I look over my shelves here and can see rows of very good abandoned
'interactive multimedia' programming software...
eg. mtropolis was a very strong director competitor but was bought
and killed by Quark...
Macromedia, Apple and Microsoft have all done this to some good
software over the years.
The BeOS had some good ones for a while too until the whole operating
system got killed...
There are still strong ongoing development in areas such as
'Hypercard/Metacard style' environments like RunRev
[http://www.runrev.com/] [http://www.metacard.com/ ] and object
oriented software like ishell [http://www.tribeworks.com/] ishell has
some interesting potential with it's Mobile edition for Palm and
built in use of Kinoma packaged movies[http://www.kinoma.com/]
There are a few good ones coming for mobile phone and Apple IPod
there's a lot going on out there...
btw: I find it rather amusing that we are back to programming for
those tiny screens again...
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