In the middle of the chaos of changing machines arrives an unexpected gift - Director MX 2004, thank you, you know who you are.
An interesting, and possibly even exciting application is the new webcam Xtra ( Director users will already know that the plugins for Director are called Xtras) available from http://webcamxtra.sourceforge.net/ - an open source project that was initiated by Josh Nimoy.
It seems the webcam Xtra is a method of creating webcam - sprite interaction, something that we will obviously have to look into as soon as possible.
What does all this mean to the average bloke about the place?
Nothing. Go back to your can of beer.
What does all this mean to me - the addition of this new webcam xtra opens new options in the display of web cam comtent, to the point of being able to run multifeeds live and interactive, with tracking. Not bad for a free xtra.
Expect to see a new Shockwave presentation in due course - not before the holidays - (Yvonne made me say that), but sometime.
We have after all been promising a new interactive CD/DVD for about a year now, and this may be the catalyst.
I still have to do the photography for the panoramic walkthrough we intended to include, so don't hold your breath, now we have to look at a use for this new ability - the mind is already overflowing with ideas.
It's almost enough to make me stay inside.