January 13th, 2003
DirectXtras is pleased to announce a new version (2.0) of
DirectTransition3D Xtra is a collection of high quality, hardware accelerated,
platform independent transitions for Macromedia Director, Authorware and
DirectTransition3D Xtra, Set I, features the following customizable transitions:
Accordion: Simulates the before image folding or unfolding to reveal the
Bubbles: Simulates the before image bubbling and popping to reveal the
Curtain: Simulates a curtain opening or closing to reveal the after
Flipboards: Simulates boards with the before image on the front and the
after image on the back flipping.
Flush: Simulates the before image flushing to reveal the after image.
Fractal Fade: Simulates the before image randomly and unevenly fading
into the after image.
Fractal Morph I: Simulates the before image randomly morphing into the
after image with an unclearly defined center.
Fractal Morph II: Simulates the before image randomly morphing into the
after image with a clearly defined center.
Fracture: Simulates the before image exploding into spinning fractures to
reveal the after image.
Headline: Simulates a movie style spinning newspaper headline moving
towards the viewer with the after image projected on it.
Layers: Simulates the after image zooming in layers.
Page Turn: Simulates the before image turning to reveal the after image.
Peel: Simulates the before image peeling or unpeeling to reveal the after
X Door: Simulates the before image opening or closing in an X shaped door
to reveal the after image.
Virtually unlimited variations can be created from each transition.
Many transitions feature real time random generation so that the same
transition will never look exactly the same twice.
The Xtra is Shockwave safe, so it can also be used with Shockwave 7
and above and when Director safety features are turned on.
An auto downloadable Shockwave safe package of the Xtra is also
available. It is a compressed version of the Xtra that can be downloaded
automatically from a web site to the user's local machine whenever
needed, and once installed provides Shockwave applications on the web
with the transitions that the Xtra provides.
The Xtra is available for Director 5 and above, Authorware 4 and above,
and is compatible with Windows 9X and newer (including 2000, ME, NT, XP)
as well as MacOS 8, 9 and X.
What's new in Version 2.0
3 new transitions have been added to the Xtra - X Door, Curtain
and Headline from the original DirectTransition Xtra.
A MacOS X compatible version of the Xtra is now available.
New properties and variations have been added to most transitions.
Many of the transitions can now run in reverse.
Automated performance tuning has been added to greatly improve
performance when there is no hardware support for OpenGL.
A sample application for Authorware has been added.
Minor improvements and bug fixes. For a complete list of new
features and changes please refer to the history section of
the Xtra documentation.
Developers who have licensed DirectTransition3D Xtra in the past month
or obtained a Corporate license will automatically receive the upgrade
free of charge, via e-mail.
All other registered users are entitled to an upgrading discount.
for complete licensing information and fees.
An evaluation version of DirectTransition3D Xtra Set I can be downloaded
from our web site:
The trial version includes sample Director and Authorware applications
that demonstrate several variations of each transition.
Additional technical information can be found in the on-line Xtra
We encourage interested developers to download the
and look forward to your comments, suggestions, ideas and any
questions you might have.