Shockwave version releases today

Shockwave version, releases today. It is a simple update that includes no changes in features or functionality. Some small elements of the plugin, which in no way affect the multimedia engine, installations, or other performance aspects, have been updated. We anticipate no change whatsoever in plugin performance. This version of the plugin was extensively tested to ensure reliability by the Adobe Director / Shockwave Quality Engineering team.

The next release of the plugin will include new features, and changes and is currently being thoroughly tested by an experienced group of more than 150 independent and third party developers along with the Adobe Director Quality Engineering team. Third party developers with business critical dependencies on Shockwave should contact Adobe Director Shockwave Technology Evangelist Allen Partridge, allenp at adobe dot com, in order to apply for enrollment in Shockwave pre-release testing.

Beers with Chris at one of London’s oldest pubs?

Okay, I’ve been neglecting this post for ages. One of the most endearing and intelligent connections I’ve made via Adobe is to Chris Brannigan. Chris and Graham Duncan run Caspian Learning, a genuinely amazing company that can literally put out a 3D game in under 2 weeks. What’s all the more stunning is that they’ve built a widget allowing kids to do the same – though perhaps not at the same quality levels, still absolutely astonishing work is coming from kids all over Europe using the tools Caspian has created.

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Mockworld & Cartoon Network Release Candy Mountain Massacre 2

Mockworld is at it again with the second installment of one of the greatest and most disturbing Shockwave titles ever to hit the masses. Candy Mountain Massacre for the uninitiated provides players an absolutely wickedly amusing opportunity to crush baby cupids, annihilate teddy bears and unleash your mighty havoc upon an unsuspecting world of cupcakes and candy.

The title hits the pages of Adult Swim online, Cartoon Network’s very popular adult alternative for toon fanatics. This always edgy content is a perfect atmosphere for Mockworlds fast paced, amusing and satisfying shooter. Guaranteed to elicit a giggle its definitely worth a play or two.

Congrats Mockworld on another great title!

Nickolas Charistos wins Merlot Classic Award for MolSym

Shockwave Developer and Professor of Chemistry at Aristotle University of Thesaloniki, Dr.. Nickolas Charistos was award a 2008 Classic Award for his popular molecular visualization and simulation system created in Director.

3DMolSym is an educational program designed to visualize the symmetry elements of molecules and to animate the corresponding symmetry operations in an interactive 3D environment. It is aimed to help chemistry students conceive the symmetry properties of the molecular structure. 3DMolSym includes a database with symmetry and geometry data of 48 organic and inorganic molecules, corresponding to all point groups of chemical interest.

Tabuleiro Announces OPENSMUS!

Tabuleiro, long time Director & Shockwave Xtras developer and Distributor Announced today the release of OPENSMUS – an open source Shockwave Multiuser server based on the very popular Nebulae server. The server allows seamless integration with Director and Shockwave projects using the Multiuser Xtra to create networking projects. Announced as a gift to the community, the project stands to be enormously popular as it will both facilitate community development and will enable many companies creating MMO’s and other Web 2.0 Social Networking projects to easily create customized server solutions.

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The Director Shockwave Education Assembly

What would happen we wondered if we brought together some of the most amazing educators and community leaders in the history of Shockwave & Director for a quiet little weekend full of sneak peeks, roadmap discussions, information exchange and brainstorming? And why not bring them all to the amazing tropical oceanside vistas of Puerto Rico? In November, Adobe expressed a very serious interest in sharing the ideas and experience of one of the most stunning groups of Director Developers ever assembled in a single place.

Adobe Director Education Assembly
Chris Brannigan, Caspian Learning and Peter Desberg, CSU pause for a quick photo.

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DirectorForum Collaboration Wiki

One of those amazing resources fast growing from DirectorForum is the new Director Forum Collaboration Wiki. The section on Subversion – version control system supplementation for large Director Projects is espescially cool.

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Expanded PhysX Error list

Recent posts to the various Director mailing lists – asked the question what on earth is error -26? The error from the Ageia engine indicates that Creating a convex/concave rigidbody failed. Its thrown by the Ageia PhysX xtra – but when you look at the physics error codes – no such error is listed. So I did some digging and found that there are a handful of errors that didn’t make it into the docs for D11. I’m positing them here so you all can benefit from the added insight.

These are the missing errors.
-7: These properties are not available
-10: Physics World is not valid
-13: Physics World is not valid
-26: Creating a convex/concave rigidbody failed

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Director 11 Released!

Well its been chaos for me the past couple of weeks as Director 11 hit the shelves and people finally got a chance to see the application running natively on Mactel computers and Vista. (Believe it or not I’m equally swamped with work on D-Next and have been answering literally hundreds of emails daily – working with the tech support team and continuing work on PR – so it’s been a wild ride lately.)

I wanted to post tho as there have been many request for a more detailed list of the many legacy bugs that were adresseed in D11 and I wanted to share them here. Click the extended entry to see the list – enjoy!

There is a technote of these coming – and they aren’t the only fixes – but i know it helps to know what got cleaned up, so here’s the hot list of the biggest ones.

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New Director Tutorials resource goes online

I just heard from Dean Utian who has launched a new website The site leverages years of Dean’s collected knowledge on Director and features a host of very valuable tutorials along with really useful links from around the web. Dean has collected an amazing array of information that Director/Shockwave developers from beginning to advanced will find terrifically useful.

It’s a definite first stop when you’re looking for anything from a how-to tutorial to that link you can’t remember how to find. Extremely well organized and thorough, it is a great collection of all things Director and sure to be a hit. Thanks Dean as always, your contributions to the community are worthy of praise indeed.