A place where developers who
have been using our Xtras can share their experiences and describe how they have
used them in their applications.
It is really exciting for us to see
various type of applications that were done using our Xtras, and we think it is
important for other developers to be aware of the possibilites, have contact
information of others who can develop similar applications for them, or just
read independent opinions on our Xtras and how they operate in real
If you have used our Xtras in your
application(s) and would like to be listed in the Gallery, please e-mail your
entry to email@example.com or
submit it using our Guest Book. Thanks
in advance for your time!
Links, images, contact information etc.
are welcome. Entries are posted AS IS, with no content modifications. We look
forward to hearing from you all.
Entries in the Gallery are:
The Blue Noise Department
I have a site called ''The
Blue Noise Department''
I use a lot of Xtras some of them are DirectXtra's.
A direct link to the results made with DirectControl and DirectImage Xtras :
Remko van Dokkum
Hansa sound booth using DirectSound and DirectOS Xtras
Here is an exiting project we just completed for Hansa beer in South Africa.
We used the DirectSound and DirectOS Xtras.
Thomas Preston < firstname.lastname@example.org
The Danube Exodus: Rippling
Currents of the River
DirectComm Xtra is successfully used with a
DVD-Synchronizer in The Danube Exodus: Rippling Currents of the River, an
immersive installation about the displacement of ethnic minorities and the
possible connections between them.
Rosemary Comella <email@example.com>
RusalkaSoft is GUI that sits on top of sailing instruments in high end
We used DirectCommunication Xtra to interface our application with
performance sailing instruments.
Erik Schwartz <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Xerox Ad Tools CD-ROM
We have used the DirectImage Xtra to allow Xerox staff to output
product images from a bespoke CD-ROM interface. Xerox staff are able to
select the image they wish to export and then customize the image export
dimensions, dpi and format of the output file. We have delivered a
number of editions of this CD-ROM over the past year or so. PC & MAC
Richard Lawrence <email@example.com>
Signals Ltd. (UK)
On May 31st, 2004 Haley Productions launched 5 kiosks as part of
the Maryland Science Center dinosaur display. The kiosks include: Color a
Dinosaur, Create a Dinosaur, Make a Dinosaur Song, Is it a Dinosaur, and
Continents on the Move. The first two kiosks required us to e-mail
pictures to the kid after they were finished with their dinosaur
creations. We found your xtras: Direct Email Xtra and Direct Image Xtra
to be more than enough to fill our needs for the requirements of these two
pieces. Kudos to Direct Xtras. Pictures of the kiosks can be found at:
Todd Coulson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
610-892-7970 - 604 E Baltimore Pike, Media, PA 19063
This CDRom was commissioned by MeadWestvaco, a sustainable forestry
company. MWV is the best in the industry in ensuring that they don't
destroy wildlife habitats, or slash and burn the forestry they develop.
They make certain they don't harvest wood from forests more than they
replant and develop other areas. As a very environmentally conscious
company, we make certain we work for companies that adhere to this high
level standards for the environment. Research MWV on the net for more info
on reports of how well they perform this function.
This CDRom focuses on their ability for sustainable forestry and the
products they create while keeping in mind the effects to the environment.
We use a lot of great imagery of their land, nature, and the products they
create. The CDROM is structured to give nice overviews of each area of
interest, music and voiceover, along with transistions. We use the
DirectTransistion xtra for fades between the voice over slideshows.
Once into each section of the CDRom, information and interactive features
allows the user to explore more. Often times, transitions to other content
is needed, as the user explores. Again, the fade transition has been found
to work great for our uses throughout this cdrom.
This is deployed on CDRom, and unfortunately cannot easily be deployed on
the net in shockwave format, due to the heavy use of large imagery, music,
voice over, and many videos.
The DirectXtras transition set has come in handy for our purposes
and works great. Still working on how to make transitions run smoothly
(which is a case with any transition) for very low end machines that have
to use software rendering.
Rich Yessian <email@example.com>
Blue Ion, LLC
843.727.0310 Charleston, SC
DirectSound Xtra solved sound
stuttering on Windows
We had a very thorny problem regarding sound interruptions in our game's
audio on some Windows machines. (Probably because of limitations to the
machines memory/sound buffer.) DirectSound solved the problem. Very much
Paul Fortier <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Insite Mentoring Program
DirectCommunication Xtra in
EasyVeep is a tool for practice-focused, realistic PLC training with any
PLC. The digital inputs and outputs (24 V) of a PLC control the various
simulated modules via an interface to the PC. PLC outputs control the
software module and changing sensor signals influence processing of the
PLC program via the PLC inputs.
Csaba Lakatos <email@example.com>
DirectTTS Xtra in Six
In this artwork a single murder from the movie Schindler's List is played
continuously six million times. After ever replay of the scene a computer
counts from 1 all the way up to 6,000000. To reach 6,000,000 the computer
will have to run continuously for over two years.
All modes of representation have their restrictions. As an artist working
with images of the Holocaust I am both deeply aware of these restrictions
and also anxious to make them explicit. For "the question arises as to
whether there are any limits on the kind of story that can be responsibly
emplotted in any of the modes, symbols, plot types, and genres our culture
provides for making sense of such extreme events in our pasts"(1).
Many artists aware of the restrictions inherent in these culturally and
conventionally acceptable means of representation have attempted to
experiment with new forms as a way to address the horrors of the
The movie Schindler's List is an important one in that it attempts to
transcend film and become historical document.
"We're not making a film we are making a document"—Steven Spielberg, Time
However at the same time as trying to transcend film it also uses many of
the conventions of Hollywood in order to get it's message over.
This piece attempts to focus in on some of those conventions as a way of
returning us again to both the responsibilities and impossibilities of
representing the Holocaust.
(1)Hayden White, 'Historical Emplottment and the Problem of Truth', in
Saul Friedlander (ed)., 'Probing the Limits of Representation'.
(2) Cited in Phillip Gronrevitch, ' A Dissent on Schindler's List', in
With thanks to Michael Murdza for his programming help and Thomas Richmond
whose essay "Representational Modes and Narrative Structure in Schindler's
List" provided the initial impetus for this project.
This project is documented at: http://dottycommies.com/holocaust09.html
Alan Schechner <firstname.lastname@example.org>
DirectImage Xtra in Proof-printer
Proof-printer creates contact sheets of pictures from batches of JPG,
GIF, TIF or BMP files.
It is designed for amateur and professional photographers, photo
laboratories and webmasters.
With a user-friendly interface, you can set all layout parameters:
size and background of the contact sheet, margins, quality level for
prints or screen display, size of thumbnails, number of lines/columns, frame type, size and location of captions (name of the file or EXIF data), copyright protection of photographs (watermark), header and footer on each contact sheet.
unlimited file number, file size and contact sheet dimension, possibility to store layout settings, possibility to work on batches of directories of photographs, control of vertical/horizontal alignment and heterogenous formats within
the same batch, help module to rename the files via a batch process.
The last version here :
Now there are three languages : English, French, Spanish.
The MacOS X version is available at:
Kids game using Director and
I recently finished a CD-ROM Kids game using Director and
DirectEmail as one of many Xtras. The kids game is "Noah, the Creature
Teacher Interactive" and has a feature to email images made by children in a paint program I
designed. DirectEmail was the ONLY consistent Xtra I could find that
worked flawlessly. For attachments, content type and everything in
between; it did it all for me! Thanks for developing it and keep up the
good Xtras development!
Daniel Newell <email@example.com>
Senior Multimedia Developer
Six Foot Studios
Flipic is an image manipulation software/toy,
designed for easy, tactile and comprehensive interaction.
I have recently completed a multimedia course
and found your DirectImage Xtra very useful.
Ashleigh Watt <firstname.lastname@example.org>
My tangent e CCA Museum.
Intended for ages 12 - 17 and inspired by the exhibition
series tangent e, this site enables young people to create original works
in response to photographs from CCA Collections. The selection of images
of interiors, exteriors, spaces under construction and in transition,
foster an understanding of spatial qualities in the urban environment.
Michel Dubois <email@example.com>
1097 Saint-Alexandre, 309 Montréal QC H2Z 1P8
The Logo Creator.
The DirectImage Xtra enabled many features of The Logo
Creator, such as blur, flip, scale, and a wide variety of export options.
We are excited to use the new resolution modification feature for
exporting high resolution images in the next release.
Daniel Nelson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Blue Jade Creative Enterprises
We used the image Xtra for the
Cinlgular Wireless Wallpaper Creator.
Can’t find the desktop wallpaper you want? Then, create
your own with the Cingular Wireless Wallpaper Creator!
Doodle with the drawing tool of choose from a variety of backgrounds,
shapes and images. You can even add your own images to create your very
own custom wallpapers. So go ahead, download now and make your desktop as
interesting as you!
Troy Hipolito <email@example.com>
Tim Hull is using DirectEmail in his director movie.
"DirectXtras has kindly sponsored my mission to help raise awareness about
the charitable cause for which I am campaigning. DirectEmail is an
essential part of making my web space work for this cause."
Tim Hull <firstname.lastname@example.org>
4 Roden Street, London, N7 6QL, UK
"One man, on a motorcycle, around the world, in A Quest For
"All children have a right to play, but 250 million are "Child
Labourers". Donate Now!
BATAK Xtreme...A 3D Sports Training
We are using the 'Direct Communication Xtra' to control our sports
training hardware over a wireless network.
Dr David Nelson <email@example.com>
Quotronics System Engineering
35 Lee Street, Horley, Surrey, RH6 8ER, UK
SMS 4 YOU
We are final year students at the Multimedia - pedagogy
and technology program at Stockholm's University.
For our examination project we wanted to make a prototype
of a mobile phone developed to suit people with disabilities.
Our production, we call it SMS 4 YOU, and vision would never had materialized into something concrete if we had not found the Xtra that DirectXtras develop. DirectXtras SMS Xtra came in good use to simulate a SMS situation.
We have appreciated all help and support from DirectXtras
Inc. special thanks to Tomer Berda and Tamar Weinner.
Anna Erika Tunberg
EXPO 2003, 22-29 MAJ, Kulturhuset, Akademiskt Forum
M U L T I M E D I A P E D A G O G I K - T E K N I K
S T O C K H O L M S U N I V E R S I T E T
Click and Print Patient Education
Click and Print is patient education software designed for
use by dental professionals, to allow them to provide their patients with
high-quality on-screen and printed information about a wide variety of
One aspect of the software allows users to import their own digital images
into the software and prepare them for printing in customized forms. We
use the DirectImage Xtra to resize the images to an appropriate resolution
for printing in the software, save edited images to disk, and to provide
users with the ability to crop images and flip them vertically or
horizontally prior to printing.
We have found DirectImage to be a very robust and easy-to-use Xtra for our
software, and very much appreciate it's functionality for our Director
Robert Haaf <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Click and Print Information Inc.
813 Richmond Street, London, Ontario, Canada
DirectCommunication Xtra in
Data Loader is a
Director 8.5 program that I wrote using DirectCommunication, it connects
to a Rockland or Wavetek 660B FFT Spectrum-Analyzer and loads (and
interprets) the data buffers and front-panel settings.
After that it stores the data into various text files that
then can be used in a spreadsheet for further calculations & graphs.
Willem Noorloos <email@example.com>
Homeland Defense Quad AAAA Show -
DirectTransition3D Xtra proved to be an invaluable tool for a crucial
standalone presentation completed for the annual Quad AAAA show in
nashville,TN The presentation detailed the intricate workings of a tank
prototype and a mobile battle station. The 3D transitions were inserted
into places where showing a moving part of a device from design to final
assembly was fluid and graceful. It couldn't have worked without this
Xtra solely because of it's ability to continuously run without failure.
I am always looking into using this unique Xtra into all of my
Joe Castillo <firstname.lastname@example.org>
interacts with an A-V display in New York for the anniversary of 9/11
I have been using the DirectCommunication Xtra for an A-V display in New
York for the anniversary of 9/11. It's at Madame Tussauds on W 42nd
Street, where they are opening the exhibit on September 4th.
It is centered around a life size 3D portrayal of the famous picture of
the three firemen raising the flag at ground zero, and a Director program
runs visuals on three large screens. It uses DirectCommunication to
interact with the show control system and set off sound and lighting cues.
I found this Xtra simple and trouble free to use, which helped greatly
with tight deadlines.
I should also say that, as an Englishman, it was a great privilege to work
on the project, and it gave me a greater appreciation of what Americans
went through in September 2001, and how bravely they responded to it.
Details of the exhibit at
Chris Bazalgette <email@example.com>
Freelance programmer, working with Planet21 Productions and
DirectImage Xtra was used
to create Capture Utliliy
Capture V1.1 Released
Create your image icons for upload with Capture Software.
You can download it for the Mac and PC
Capture has the following features:
- Creates a miniature screen capture of you site (can also capture
anything on the screen)
- Crops the desired section
- Saves out to a 60 x 60 pixel graphic in .jpg or .gif format
- Developed for Mac and PC users
- Built in uninstall feature
Troy Hipolito <firstname.lastname@example.org>
DirectEmail Xtra as a marketing tool.
Used DirectEmail for a project that would send jpeg maps
directly from the floor at conventions to clients and would also send a cc
to the saleperson's company address.
Very easy to set up.
Jon Child <email@example.com>
The project that I've been working on
has been posted at:
Click on "Tools"
Click on "Projectors"
Click on "W3D Viewer"
For this application, the user can export what they are viewing and set
it as their desktop wallpaper. The Xtra worked great and really added
a nice touch for the user's enjoyment.
Thanks so much.
Kraig Mentor <firstname.lastname@example.org>
We used the DirectEmail and DirectXport Xtras for an interactive program
for Disney/Pixar's Monsters Inc. at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, CA.
The program allows guests to capture a video image of their face and
superimposed it on one of the monster character's body. The image can
then be emailed to anyone they wish. The DirectXport Xtra was used to create
the JPEG attachment to the email message.
Apex Technical Services, Inc.
Apex Media Group
At ISI, we've been using DirectTTS for over a year to give voices to our
autonomous tutorial agents. Agent-characters have been created for an
interactive pedagogical drama that teaches healthy diet/physical
activity concepts to grade-school children. The interactive story is presented in
a layered 2D Director "stage" that places and scales scenery and
characters to mimic a 3D environment. At present, we are working on an agent that
will teach critical thinking and analytical skills to kids. This agent will
work in a Shockwave Web environment. It will assist grade-school students to
write their own commentary on Web-based lesson material, and will then
do a multimedia presentation of the student's ideas to other students.
DirectTTS is a key ingredient in these projects that enables us to take advantage
of MM Director, to synthesize speech where pre-recorded voice is either
impractical or impossible. In addition to making a great product,
Tomer's been very helpful, patiently answering our technical questions and
helping us get up and running. Thanks so much!
Kate LaBore, Creative Director
Center for Advanced Research in Technology for Education
USC Information Sciences Institute, Marina del Rey, CA
Email: email@example.com :: Tel 310 448-8655 Fax 310 822-0751
I programmed, downloaded, installed the
DirectOS plugin to make the screen change resolution before starting a
presentation. It took so
little time and did exactly what I needed to do in a crunch. Now to
figure out the other cool things it can do.
I have just finished the first version of my
Director Link Database...
I use it for personal use.
for the 2 database files in use
DirectFTP: for the Uploading and Downloading
the V12 DB
DirectEmail: so that I can get other users send in their
MUI-GUI: built most of the MUI windows
On the user
.. It has all the web links from Director that I can find
.. It is
searchable with a MUI popup
.. The user can make their own bookmarks which is
saved within an extra database file. This database file is made on demand.
If the user does not update the DB file they will get a message telling
that there is an update to download ..
.. The user can contact me directly
from the application via Email and if
needed send me an attachment (up to 1.5
On the administrator side:
.. I can add, delete, change a record
via a MUI popUp
.. I can then upload the new db to my server via the
.. I can set the date for the next upload, default is 30 days
.. I can change the user/login/path for the FTP Uploads/Downloads
.. I can add another table to the DB file,
.. I can add an alert
message which is called one time when the user opens the new DB file
.. I am
Warms regards from a cold Hamburg...
Stuart M. Acklam
I am a developer for an online auction service
"go-between" (you bring the stuff to us and we handle everything). We have
locations in pack-and-ship stores in the northeast and Colorado...for now.
I needed to create a dial-up application for the remote locations
so they could connect and upload the necessary info/images to our database.
also needed to be able to change a few things in the registry based on the
Thanks to DirectConnection and DirectOS Xtras, not to mention the
fantastic and patient support, I did it. The application works flawlessly and
the users appreciate the connection-status feedback that DirectConnection can
give them that the normal dial-up connectors can't. This makes the job of our
tech support folks much easier.
Great work! Now, if I could only find a
reason for my boss to buy the rest of the direct xtras...
As a professor of Multimedia and computer science,
I appreciate how difficult your job must be. Today, however, when I saw my forms
Director program open up word and open IN word, I applaud your work.
You have done an excellent job in guiding me through this difficult process and
I commend you. Thank you sooo much for a job well done. I'm sure we will be
working with you again in the future and I plan on referring you to my students
in my classes. I hope that your technical assistance to me is now over although
I know you would always be there for me if I have questions. Thank you very very
At DocWorks we are enhancing all of our
computer-based and web-based training programs with Microsoft Agent and
Text-to-Speech technologies. The XtrAgent Xtra has enabled us to make use of the
Merlin the wizard as a built-in narrator. Merlin introduces our topics, stresses
important points during demonstrations and tutorial exercises, supervises the
grueling multiple choice quiz we impose at the program's conclusion, and awards
certificates of completion.
On the programming side of things, very
little effort is required to apply
the animations and voice options built
into the character. Making the
character respond to user input (such as
navigation choices) is simple as
well. We have yet to test the speech input
features, but the text-to-speech capabilities are remarkable and
On the whole, we've had great success with the XtrAgent and
Merlin in the last few months. The response from clients has been
favourable and we know that the Xtra has given us a definite
competitors. One client has even commissioned us to develop a
custom Agent character for their next generation of training materials.
Alan Douglas Ray, PhD.
Director of Multimedia
DirectXtras - Tying Director to the Operating
I've purchased, among other DirectXtras, DirectOS and
A project had come to Twin Media which required Director to
perform many functions that ordinarily could not be approached by Director
The application needed to take a digital camera's input, direct
memory card, resize it and export the resulting image to the hard
After a day of shooting, the program had to copy these images to a
drive, create folders for the images and make a backup set of
The long and short of it, I was able to supply the client with a
Literally two days later, I was able to create
an install application
for a different client, make an alias of the file with
a custom icon and
place it on the Windows desktop.
I know this sounds
very "commercial" but when I can offer something that other Director programmers
can't, it makes me look better.
Just as a side note, compared to some
other Xtras, the documentation and ease of use is impressive.
We used the DirectConnection Xtra in an
educational CD-ROM project. The concept was a CD-ROM based magazine for children
(age 5 to 9) that will be updated every week via internet.
We used the DirectConnection Xtra to transparently establish a
connection, both on the Mac and the PC. This was to our complete
DirectConnection is a very good product!
HTMLconfig is a program for easy upgrading of HTML
and Flash pages on the Internet. It is using the help of DirectFTP Xtra. You
upgrade both HTML and FLASH sites with one click on a button and more to
HTMLconfig is a program for easy upgrading of HTML
and Flash pages on the Internet. It is using the help of DirectFTP Xtra. You
upgrade both HTML and FLASH sites with one click on a button and more to
Apex Technical Services created an interactive
audio mix-down exhibit for Disney's (Buena Vista) Fantasia 2000 IMAX experience
in Culver City, CA.
We used your DirectComm Xtra to communicate with a Midiator
Systems MIDI interface to talk to a Yamaha MD-8 multitrack minidisc player. The
MD-8 provided 8 simultaneous sound tracks to 6 Alesis Studio 24 mixers each
equipped with 8 independent LED VU meters.
Guest could mix an orchestral arrangement to their liking
adjusting the sliders on the mixer.
Technical Services, Inc.
Apex Media Group
I've finally come to the end of my design course
now. I'd just like to say thank you for the advice and helpful hints you've
given me over the last year. It's been a big help and greatly appreciated. Also,
thanks to my
work using Director, I have been given a job as multimedia
designer here in the UK.
We 'd like to thank you for your support and congratulate you
We have developed a system that will be
distributed to 56,000 building
related companies. From their desktop they can
manage a total of 30
messages, articles, pictures, etc... which they want to
share with the
visitors on http://www.buildingonline.be
to your FTP Xtra they can send the package to our server who runs a kind of
COLLECTOR every 15 minutes to gather the messages and build an access database
at the same time. The result is a collection of newspapers concerning the
construction of houses, renovation, interior design, etc...
If you might
decide to visit the website choose "BOUWKRANT" and select your NEWSPAPER.
The DirectEmail Xtra was great and the demo movie was very
Had a few problems at first but the technical support was great, informative
I used DirectEmail Xtra to create a program in Director to
send personalized e-mails to the suscribers of DirectorZone.com.
What a great tool! Easy to use and solid. I just love it!
DirectXtra's service and support is excellent. We have used
the DirectSound and DirectOS Xtras intensively in our projects and these Xtras
provided us with exactly the functionality we needed.
Great value for money!
IJsfontein Interactive Media
For a desktop companion that's an interactive collection of
the quotes and prayers of Pope John Paul II, our client wanted to have the
ability to email friends and family particular thoughts that might interest them
- in the style of those iGreeting cards that are so popular on the net..
While at first DirectEmail's lack of support for HTML-embedded text seemed
like a drawback when it came to super-imposing any of the 1000 or so thoughts
over the choice of 4 postcards at random - by utilizing DirectXport and DirectOS
in conjunction, we were able to
achieve results significantly better than
anything on the net..
Once we had the mechanics worked out, implementation was a scratch..
Thanks for making such fabulous products!!
See the program at http://www.thereligiousstore.com
DirectFTP was one of the most straight forward scripting
Xtras I've ever used. Specify the FTP server, username, and password then simply
specify the files you want to transfer. All the standard FTP functions are also
FlashConfig adds new possibilities for the webpublisher and
for the customer. With FlashConfig it is easy to update and maintain online
flashmovies. All you have to do is browse the cards in Flashconfig, add the new
data and press a button. You don't need other programs other than Flashconfig.
Once the Flashfile is created and uploaded, everything is done with
FlashConfig is using DirectFTP Xtra.
Jan Mikael Christiansen
Our autoplayers are still using DirectXtras with no problems
for two years! Thanks Tomer, for making such a great product.
Your DirectConnection Xtra is being used in conjunction with
netlingo and FileIO to create a totally secure touchscreen module installed in
hundreds of Chemists around the UK.
It connects to the internet when
appropriate to extract updated information from medical and general healthcare
We also provide links to shopping sites where customers can buy
products unavailable in their chemists.
Just a quick note of thanks following the recent
implementation of two of your products. I found both DirectOS and DirectEmail to
integrate smoothly and reliably into our current projects. Your demo Director
movies were a great help.
I have been working on a program that consists of a control
bar that controls audio, instructing users how to use certain
applications. The main problem was to change the focus of the
computer back to the software, whenever the control bar had been
Using DirectOS Xtra I was able to simulate a mouse move and
middle click anywhere away from the application, and therefore changed
focus. With only twelve hours before delivery, when I discovered the Xtra, I was
greatly relieved to discover it could do everything
that I needed.
Got DirectOS Xtra and it was just what we need for a very
important Information Kiosk project we were under taking.
Superb Xtra keep up the good work DirectXtras !!!
Brentwood Borough Council
Prototyping of an alarm
system, using a National Instruments FieldPoint
module co-operating with Macromedia Director software and
and images are available in a Word file.
Wilbur de Kruijf
I used the MidiXtra and DirectComm Xtra in a recent
Interactive Art exhibition, Newport. A Bodysuit was designed with lightsensors
which allowed the user to create music through their body movements.
"Dancing with light" project hoped to recognise the deautomation of thought and
You don't dance to the music, the music dances to you!
Please contact me with any queries.
We used the DirectSound and DirectOS Xtras in our software
that teaches scales, tunes and chords for Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, and Mandolin.
DirectSound allowed us to incorporate realistic sounding samples from real
instruments to help users appreciate the authentic sound of their instrument.
DirectOS and DirectSound made authorware the most powerful
overhead" solution we could find for creating our autoplayers.
President AVMA inc.
We used DirectComm to interface with custom RFID
The receiver plugged into the PC's serial port, and from there
worked like a charm. Great product!
I used DirectCommunications to create an interface
to a card reader in a kiosk. The DirectComm interface is simple and easy to use,
and I have never had any problems with it.
We used the DirectSound and DirectOS xtras for our
series of musical
instrument autoplayers. We have 8 different ones available:
F-Mando, Acoustic, Jazz, and Classical Guitar, Bass, Ukulele,
Using Authorware and the DirectXtras, we were able to make
multimedia applications with a great deal of multimedia power and capability
without using very much memory.(each application including xtras and 42
instrument samples is less than 1.9 MB.)
Our tutorials allow the user to hear and see chords,
scales and tunes
played both graphically and with 16 bit 22K samples of each
The Direct Sound Xtra allowed us to create a very realistic
sound while accessing a database of over 2000 chords, 1800 scales
and an unlimited number of tunes. We used the DirectOS xtra because it basically
replaced 5 or 6 other xtras including the fileio xtra, and was much smaller. We
were especially impressed with the DirectSound Xtra for being so small as well.
We used the Xpress Xtra to create an ubiquitious
web interface for sight disabled. It was done during our studies at the
Multimedia-programme at the University of Stockholm.
Main advantages to
other speech browsers are:
Online, available virtually anywhere
Automatically updated (since it´s online)
Cross platform Mac and PC
Fast loading with a file size of 17 kB
Provides a user context that is the same as for non-sight-disabled
(Netscape Navigator / Internet Explorer), which enhance social interaction
Together with WebVehicle autostart CD-ROM, TalkingWeb is a
complete solution providing a speech interface for starting Navigator /
Explorer, connect to the Internet and go the URL http://www.actiware.a.se/talkweb/
From there the entire web is available with a speech interface.
The Talking Web service is free
Please try out the beta version now, at http://www.actiware.a.se/talkweb/
or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for
TalkingWeb is developed by (in alphabetical order)
and Johan Husén who
has left the group (but is always welcome back)
I've used DirectOS on two
different projects recently.
The first involved a complicated
promotional presentation for the chip
manufacturer Cyrix. DirectOS allowed me
to set up my CDROM program so it could determine if set up had already occurred
on the hard drive and take appropriate action to run or install the program as
The program offered a variety of set up options
and was designed to run on Cyrix demo computers located in computer electronics
stores. The special needs associated with this kind of install meant that the
challenge was to create a program that had enough intelligence to manage its
environment - even when that environment was wildly unpredictable. This could
only be accomplished with DirectOS support.
The second project involved a
completely customized set up program written for the MGM Interactive CDROM
release "All Dogs Go To Heaven Activity Center." DirectOS was used here to set
up program directories, copy files and create Registry entries. Very slick,
totally integrated installer when it was done... and this was the only way to
meet client needs on this particular project (we also do InstallShield
DirectOS has proven itself to be a reliable Xtra for our
I used the
DirectCommunication Xtra for 2 extremely high profile
projects: exhibits in
Disneyland's Innoventions. After figuring out the
basics of using the Xtra,
I was able to manage virtually any serial
communication needed. Using the
Xtra, Director was able to flawlessly
interface with Disney's Show Control
hardware and software systems.
ps DirectXtras' Tech Support gets an
A+ for answering my initial dumb
We did an
interactive presentation for SAP on CeBIT '98.
A actor showed the advantages of the SAP R/3 system on satge
interacting with a personalised R/3 system which was shown on a 4x4 cube wall
and 5 21inch monitors.
The interaction was syncronised by an opeator, who
was located in a
small cubicle behind the stage.
The presentation ran on all togehter 8 Pentium II 233
conencted by LAN. Video was played from a Sony professional Laser
One request from the customer was that the presanation
should run fail
safe. We realised that by running the main presentation
on two computers.
As soon as on main computer fails the
control machine would shitch the
source for the cube wall. And that's where
DirectCommunication did a
great job !
The split computer, which
devided the RGB singal into 16 pieces could be controled over the RS232 port.
The reaction time for a failiour was
under 3 secs, so if you would switch of
the first main computer, the
screen would turn black for about 2 secs and
then the second one would
We also used DirectCommunication to
control the Sony Laser Disc Player, which also worked 100% failior
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Interactive telephone TV graphics
With DirectComm Xtra I was able to
build a digital bridge
between a DIALOGIC telephone response system and a
which was used to generate graphics (based on telephone statistics)
in a LIVE TV program.
The actual screen captures from the television program
over here http://www.dds.nl/~new/at5/casegb.htm
Igor van Gemert, free lance software developer
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