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Adobe Rolls Out Director 11

February 18, 2008 by Andrea Simmons

This morning, at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, CA, Adobe announced Director 11. For those familiar with Director, this won’t come as much of a surprise, as this release has been highly anticipated for awhile now. What is interesting about the announcement is where it took place, and how Adobe is repackaging Director. While Director has been strong for the creation of multimedia applications, educational software and casual games for years, it’s now being squarely pegged as the solution for interactive games and eLearning. This may be due to the fact that Adobe has discontinued Authorware, its previous gem in the eLearning sector, and that Flash is lacking the Xtras and extensibility that developers need.

Also new with this version is some very aggressive pricing for students, with a student price tag of just $99 USD per license. This should help Director break into more of the animation and game development schools.

It will be interesting to see how the community reacts to this new version. At INM, we are excited about the potential it provides developers and will continue to be a strong contributor to the Director community.