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Short Take: Macromedia updates Director animation tool

Macromedia updated its Director Shockwave Studio, an authoring tool for creating Shockwave Web animation. New features in Director 8 include the Shockwave Multiuser Server, which lets authors write for up to 1,000 simultaneous users. Macromedia also released the Fireworks Import Xtra, which lets Web developers add graphics designed in the Fireworks authoring tool to Director-authored sites. Director 8 costs $999. Upgrades from Director 7 cost $399. Fireworks Import Xtra is free.

Macromedia updated its Director Shockwave Studio, an authoring tool for creating Shockwave Web animation. New features in Director 8 include the Shockwave Multiuser Server, which lets authors write for up to 1,000 simultaneous users. Macromedia also released the Fireworks Import Xtra, which lets Web developers add graphics designed in the Fireworks authoring tool to Director-authored sites. Director 8 costs $999. Upgrades from Director 7 cost $399. Fireworks Import Xtra is free.