March 25, 2009

Adobe Director 11.5

Adobe Systems Inc. announced a new version of Adobe Director software during GDC 2009. Version 11.5 offers game developers, multimedia authors, and e-learning professionals new features for creating immersive gaming and multimedia applications. With support for a new audio engine, high-definition (HD) video, and advanced 3D features, Adobe Director 11.5 provides a flexible platform to create applications for both online and desktop worlds.
The new features in Director 11.5 include a new audio engine that allows developers to deliver 5.1-channel surround sound and create audio effects using real-time mixing capabilities. With support for the H.264 format and RTMP-based streaming, users are able to deliver HD video content.

Developers can also create and import 3D assets through Google SketchUp and SketchUp 3-D Importer. In addition, advanced physics capabilities based on the Nvidia PhysX engine help users create games and simulations that model real-world gravity and other life-like effects.

In addition to the new features, Director 11.5 supports Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and continues to support both JavaScript and Lingo, the native scripting language of Director, while providing additional functionality through enhanced scripting performance, an easy-to-use user interface, and a variety of third-party add-ons that create an extensible multimedia authoring environment.

Adobe Director 11.5 is expected to be available by the end of March 2009 and is priced at $999 for the full product and $299 for an upgrade from the prior versions of Director.