August 21, 2002

Dishwashing Notes

Tabitha and I went to our first Andronico’s grocery market last night. It was awesome. Such a pleasantly welcome shopping experience after slumming it at Safeway for so long.

But that’s not what I was thinking about while washing dishes. Now, Macromedia, right? I’m thinking they’ve killed Director. Like killed it forever. They won’t come out and say it, but it’s happening. Flash is already dancing on its older brother’s grave. It’s clear that it’s happening because Director is totally absent from the MX strategy, and there’s no sign at all of a Carbonized version for Mac OS X on the horizon.

(This is, of course, where Macromedia announces Director MX tomorrow.)

I don’t think that’s going to happen though and it’s a real shame for the following reasons. One, Director has a better authoring environment than Flash does. Two, Lingo (had it been cared for as well as ActionScript) is a better scripting language than ActionScript. Three, Director has the potential to fit in so well with Macromedia’s stated goal of enabling content producers and distributers to rapidly develop rich, internet-savvy media solutions.

But I really think they’ve killed it. Shockwave.com didn’t go as planned and Director paid the price. What do you think? Know of any good blogs or articles on this issue?

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