Changes in Earlier Versions of D6

Refer to Table 17-2 in Chapter 17, for details on Lingo that behaves differently in D6 than in D5. Also refer to the ReadMe files that come with the D6, D6.0.1, D6.0.2, and D6.5 updates.

Changes for D5 to D6

Refer to “New Features in Director 6” in the Preface for the big picture. Here are some lesser-known technical details.

  • Director 6 no longer reads Xtras from the system Xtras folder, as did D5. The Xtras folder must reside where Director is installed. D5 and D6 Projectors both access the Xtras folder one level down from the Projector. In D6 Xtras can be bundled into Projectors, although I advise against it.

  • The D6 Authoring environment will not run under Win NT 3.5 or Windows 3.1; it requires Windows 95 or NT 4.0. Director 5 ran under both Windows 3.1 and NT 3.5. Director 6 can still create Projectors for those platforms.

  • Director 6.0 has a lot of new Lingo including all commands in the NetLingo Xtra. Refer to Table 18-1, which identifies all Lingo that is new in D6 (the online Help also has a partial listing under "What’s New.“)

  • Director 6.0 used MIX (Macromedia Import Xtras) to import many new file types. These generally must be included, along with the MIX Services Xtra when linking to media at runtime.

  • Director 6.0 supports streaming media from the Internet, which is completely separate from Shockwave. Director itself transparently accesses remote data allowing you to create “hybrid” CDs.

Changes from D6.0 to 6.0.1

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