Macromedia has rolled out Macromedia Director 8.5 Shockwave Studio, for creating interactive, rich media content, including 3D for the Web, CD-ROMs, DVD-ROMs and more. The studio includes a new version of the Shockwave Multiuser Server, Havok physics engine for 3D game behaviors, support for Macromedia Flash 5, and the ability to stream RealMedia content and new 3D support.
Macromedia Director 8.5 provides developers with an extensible 3D content creation and publishing solution. The 3D support in Director and Shockwave Player was jointly developed with Intel Corporation, and is built on the Intel Internet 3D Graphics software.
Director’s Macromedia Flash 5 integration and support for RealAudio and RealVideo means developers can now deliver audio and video content using the leading streaming format on the Web. With Shockwave Multiuser Server 3, developers can now utilize server-side scripting capabilities, UDP networking, and can have 2000 users simultaneously using their Shockwave multiuser content.
Macromedia Director 8.5 Shockwave Studio is available for both Macintosh and Windows platforms. The studio is priced at $1199 for new users, $199 for users upgrading from Director 8, and $399 for users upgrading from Director versions 5 through 7.