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Adobe Director
Macromedia Director MX 2004 box
Latest release 12.0 / March 11, 2013 (2013-03-11)
OS Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows
Genre Multimedia Content Creator
License Proprietary
Website Adobe Director Homepage

Macromedia Director (now called Adobe Director) is a media application created by Macromedia—now part of Adobe Systems. It allows users to build applications built on a movie metaphor, with the user as the "director" of the movie. Originally designed for creating animation sequences, the addition of a powerful scripting language called Lingo made it a popular choice for creating CD-ROMs and standalone kiosks. Adobe Director supports both 2D and 3D multimedia projects.


Its scripting language motivated some to use this application. Many companies deliver demonstrations or use it as a user interface (UI) for content on CDs and DVDs. It can incorporate many different bitmap, audio and video file formats making it possible to integrate media. It also supports vector graphics and 3D interactivity (via Shockwave 3D). Since Version 8, Director also natively incorporates Flash animation files.

Director's functionality can be extended through plug-in applications named Xtras. These can be created by users or purchased from third party vendors. They are created using Macromedia's XDK (Xtra Development Kit), a C++ based software development kit.

One type of file created by Director can be viewed in a web browser using the Shockwave plugin. These files have a .DCR extension.

Director can also create stand-alone executable applications from a project, called projectors, which can be compiled for Macintosh or Windows operating systems.


MacroMind Director 1

MacroMind Director 1.0

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Macromedia Player from the early '90s

Director started out as VideoWorks, an application created by predecessor company MacroMind for the original Apple Macintosh. Its name was changed to "Director" in 1989 with the addition of paint and limited scripting capabilities. The Lingo scripting language was introduced with version 2.0 in 1990. A Windows version became available with version 4.0.3 in August 1994.

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Adobe Director 11[]

Adobe Director 11 box

Adobe Director 11

In 2005, Macromedia was acquired by Adobe Systems, which renamed the products to Adobe Director and Adobe Shockwave.[1]

Adobe Director 11 was the first version to be released under the Adobe brand. It featured DirectX 9 and Unicode support and extended 3D capabilities based on the Ageia PhysX engine, as well as bitmap filters, enhanced video, audio and image file formats support, and Adobe Flash CS3 integration. Adobe Shockwave Player 11 was also announced.


Adobe stopped selling Adobe Director 12 and Contribute 6.5 on February 1, 2017. Support for Shockwave Player on macOS ended on March 14, 2017.[2] In February 2019, Adobe announced that all remaining support for Shockwave on Microsoft Windows would be officially discontinued, effective April 9, 2019.[3]


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Macromedia Director
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Adobe Director: 11 (11.5) · 12
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Discontinued in February 2017
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