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Comparing Adobe Director to Adobe Flash

Director and Flash are both powerful, interactive authoring programs. Used together, they enable developers to create the most compelling and effective rich content, both on- and offline. Many Director users have already discovered the advantages of combining Macromedia Flash with Director, while more Macromedia Flash users than ever are also discovering this powerful combination.

When to use Flash

Adobe Flash software is an ideal authoring tool for rich, interactive content for digital, web, and mobile platforms. If you want to create interactive websites, rich media advertisements, instructional media, engaging presentations, or games, vector-based Flash produces and displays small files for speedy delivery.

When to use Director

Adobe Director is an ideal multimedia authoring tool for rich, interactive games, demos, prototypes, simulations, and eLearning courses for the web, desktops, DVDs, CDs and kiosks. Director lets you combine a huge variety of content, including bitmap images, vector artwork, audio, animation, native 3D rendering, text, hypertext, and video???including video created with Adobe Flash. What???s more, you can control how and when these elements appear, move, sound, and interact.

When to use Director with Flash

If you want to embellish your Adobe Flash content and deliver your rich, interactive experience beyond the web to desktops, DVDs, and CDs, integrate your SWF and FLV files with other types of files in a multimedia application you create with Adobe Director. Add native 3D rendering, real-world dynamic motion, and sophisticated interactivity between 2D and 3D elements.

At a glance comparison

Here???s an overview of the main strengths of Adobe Director 11 and Adobe Flash CS3 Professional. For more information, visit the Adobe Director and Adobe Flash pages.

  Adobe Director 11 Adobe Flash CS3 Professional
Deployment environments Cross-platform desktops, kiosks, DVDs, CD, and the web The web and digital devices
Playback application Standalone via Director Projector on Windows?? and Mac; Adobe Shockwave?? Player on the web Adobe Flash Player on the web; Flash Lite??? on digital devices
Interactivity 2D and real-time, native 3D 2D
Image formats supported More than 40, including GIF, BMP, JPEG, PSD, PNG, TIFF JPG, PNG, GIF
Audio formats supported MP3, SWA, AU, AIFF, WAV, WMA, RA MP3, AIFF, WAV
Video formats supported FLV (video created with Adobe Flash), DVD-Video, WMV, RM, MOV, AVI, and more FLV
Optimal animation length Short to long Short
Scripting JavaScript and Lingo languages ActionScript??? language
Extensibility Extensible both for authoring and playback. Thriving ecosystem of third-party Xtra plug-ins More limited selection of extensions
Native device control (joysticks, disk access, etc.) Supported no

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