has unveiled a
new series of online tutorials
designed to train new and existing Macromedia Director 8.5 users in the creation and deployment of interactive 3D content for the Web.
The tutorials include step-by-step lessons on 3D for current Director users, as well as tutorials for 3D artists and Macromedia Flash developers who are new to Director. There are also more specific tutorials for people coming from other 3D modeling and animation applications, such as Discreet’s 3ds max.
There are four tutorials available: Director Basics, Behavior Basics, 3D Basics and Publishing Basics. Users can also download the tutorial source files to enable them to do exactly what is being shown in the tutorials, Macromedia spokesperson said.
Director Basics walks users through the Director user interface and starting a new project. Behavior Basics instructs users to use the pre-built behavior library to make it easy to add interactivity. 3D Basics shows users how to import 3D files and deliver an overall 3D experience. Publishing Basics dictates how to deliver complete projects to CD-ROM or on the Web as Shockwave content.
In addition to the tutorials, 3D users can find print-ready quick start guides to help them bring 3ds max content to the Web with Shockwave Player, Macromedia Flash users can get started with Director and 3D artists can get started with Director, Hollaender said.