Flash & Director
Multimedia is more than just an animated intro.
Multimedia: a computer-based presentation, combining multiple media such as text, audio, video, animation and other graphics, while allowing user interactivity to control the information presented.
It is the last part of the above definition that explains why multimedia is so popular. Interactivity takes a static medium such as a book, or a passive one such as a video, and transforms them into an experience that engages the user. This alters the learning process, adapting it to the user, so it is more-easily absorbed and retention is increased.
As a programmer, I am always looking for ways to add as much interactivity into a project as possible. Whether it is ActionScript (Flash), Lingo (Director) or browser interaction, I will program a piece to keep the user active and entertained.
Programming can also modify how the content is presented. Code-based animations can adapt to the computer’s capabilities better than ones built in a timeline and can easily be repurposed across many elements and sections. Scores can be kept and deficiencies tracked to repeat areas of weakness to aid in the learning process. Customization, from simple skins to personal interface layouts, allows the user to personalize the tool to their needs, as well as presenting the content at their pace.
Programming is the key to true multimedia.
Scroll through the examples below for specifics on the various Flash and Director projects that I’ve been involved with. Click on the thumbnail to view larger screen shots or demos.