The basic concepts of Macromedia Flash and Director are very similar: both create linear and interactive movies organized in frames that play according to events defined in the movie. The workflow for creating movies is the same: create a new movie file, set the Stage properties, create and import artwork and other movie elements, arrange the elements on the Stage and in the Score (the Director Timeline), add scripts for interactivity and navigation, and publish your movie.
The Macromedia Flash and Director user interfaces share many of the same concepts, but use different terms to refer to them. The table below associates user interface and movie elements in Director to the corresponding elements in Macromedia Flash.
|Actions panel||Script window|
|Library folders||Multiple casts in the movie|
|Shared libraries||Linked or external casts|
|Movie clip||Film loops are similar, but not the same|
|Panels||Property inspector, Text inspector|
|Smart clips||Behaviors (built-in)|
|FLA file||DIR file|
|SWF file||DCR file|
|Macromedia Flash extensions||Xtra extensions|
|Macromedia Flash Player||Macromedia Shockwave Player|