a glimpse of authorware 8?

Folks who attended last week’s TAAC have been reporting news of some features Macromedia are apparently working on for a future version of Authorware (presumably version 8). Everyone is quick to point out that there is no official word on any update to Authorware and that the features demonstrated may or may not be included in any future releases.

Flash component (swc) support for Authorware was the feature that struck me as the most exciting. Anyone who’s struggled with implementing swfs more complex than simple animations will know how needed this feature is. Presumably this feature would provide all the functionality of Flash Player 8 (including the On2 video codec).

The demoed feature that seems to be getting the most attention (and generating the majority of discussion) was an export to Flash option. I would guess that the rationale for this move would be to allow Authorware developers to target the more ubiquitous Flash Player. In my mind the success of such a feature would be dependent upon the comprehensivness and fidelity of the export.

According to reports the demo also included an overhauled One Button Publishing (OBP) system. From the descriptions I’m guessing it contains an implementation of the AICC Package Exchange Notification Services (PENS). (I’ve heard it argued that PENS is one of those standards that tries to solve a problem few (if any) people have).

2 Responses

  1. Brett says:

    June 28, 2007 at 10:59 pm

    How is AW8 going…it is June 2007 and nothing

  2. andrew says:

    June 29, 2007 at 2:20 pm

    Brett, my suggestion would be to not hold your breath ;-)


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