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March 30, 1999

The "Direct-L Killer" from O'Reilly Released: Epstein's "Director in a Nutshell"

SEBASTOPOL, CA -- O'Reilly and Associates has announced the publication of Bruce Epstein's latest book in the esteemed "In a Nutshell" series, Director in a Nutshell. Director in a Nutshell is a concise guide that gives the reader both the nitty-gritty details and the bigger context in which to use this premier multimedia tool. Hundreds of tips and tricks, saving hours of research and development time, are condensed into one desktop quick reference. Director in a Nutshell is the only book on the market to integrate Director's multiple facets into a comprehensive discussion of each topic, including all related Lingo commands.

This just-released book covers Director's core components (the Cast, Score, Stage, sprites, and animation), delivery and optimization (Projectors, Shockwave, and the new System Player and ShockMachine), and media elements (video, audio, SWA, bitmaps, JPEG, GIFs, animated GIFs, text, fonts, fields, buttons, menus, cursors, dialog boxes, film loops, Flash, and vector shapes). It's a high-end handbook, at a low-end price-an indispensable desktop reference for every Director user.

What the Experts are Saying about Director in a Nutshell:

"A massive road atlas into the territory known as Director and Shockwave. Offers vital details for developers of every interest level, including coverage of many topics rarely even mentioned in other books.

I want copies for everyone on the Director QA team."
-Buzz Kettles, Senior Quality Designer, Macromedia Director Team

"A great piece of work of which Bruce can be very proud. I would describe it as 'a Direct-L Killer.' If it doesn't kill off all the questions on the Direct-L listserve, it will at least cut down the volume."
-Peter Small, Author of Lingo Sorcery and Magical A-Life Avatars

"This is the first book that provides the under-the-hood details that benefit Director developers of all levels. More thorough and accurate than any other reference available."
-Marc Canter, Canter Technology, Inventor of Director

About the Companion Volume:
As Bruce Epstein says: "Director in a Nutshell is one half of Bruce's Brain in a Book. The other half is in the companion book, Lingo in a Nutshell. These books are the distillation of years of real-life experience with countless Director projects plus many hours spent researching and testing new features of Director 6, 6.5, and 7. While they can be used seperately, they are ideally used as a single two-volume reference that costs less than most single Director books." Lingo in a Nutshell was published by O'Reilly in December 1998 (ISBN: 1-56592-493-2, $19.95).

About the Author
Bruce Epstein is the creator of the "D7 FAQ" at: http://www.zeusprod.com/nutshell/d7faq.html as well as the author of Lingo in a Nutshell (O'Reilly, $24.95).

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Director in a Nutshell
By Bruce A. Epstein
1st Edition March 1999 (U.S.)
1-56592-382-0, 658 pages, $24.95 (US$)

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