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From the Apple Media Tool 2.0 Read Me file
With Apple Media Tool software (Order No. 412000Z), you can create dynamic multimedia projects for business, education, entertainment, and the home. You can share them with almost anyone, because finished projects can run on both Macintosh and Windows software-based systems.
The Apple Media Tool makes development of sophisticated multimedia titles easy. Its visual authoring environment lets you assemble graphics, text, sound files, and QuickTime and QuickTime VR movies into exciting, interactive multi-media programs. It's so easy to use, you don't need to write programming code or deal with a complex user interface.
Navigating with the intuitive Browser, you import the media elements you need for each screen, then assign actions that allow users to interact with them. You can create any number of links between different screens, giving users nearly unlimited options for exploring the subject matter. You can add music or other sounds that will play without interruption as users move from screen to screen.
Apple Media Tool helps you create higher-quality projects because you can focus on content and flow instead of writing scripts. You can reuse the structure of a project with different content. You can assign each part of a project to the person best qualified to create it, then integrate everyone's work into a polished multimedia project.
Previous versions of Apple Media Tool has won numerous accolades, including the 1993 MacUser Editor's Choice Award for Best New Multimedia Software. Version 2.0 brings an enhanced user interface and many other features to this popular software.
For complex projects requiring advanced interactive features, Apple offers the Apple Media Tool Programming Environment (must be purchased separately). Using its object-oriented programming language and application framework, programmers can optimize and extend projects created with the Apple Media Tool.
New features in version 2.0Use intuitive Browser for easy project navigation
Build QuickTime VR movies into projects without scripting
Enable hypertext linking
Create flipbook animation from PICT file
Apply continuous sound throughout a project
Prioritize first, second, and third run-time bit-depth choices
Use custom color palettes for each screen
Record and automate projects with AppleScript
Customize features and projects with Apple Media Tool Programming Environment
No licensing fees
Media formats supportedQuickTime and QuickTime VR movies
SND, AIFF, and WAV sound files
RTF text files (including hypertext files)
Ease of useLets you "drag and drop" media objects on to screens
Displays a map of all project screens and the links between them
Allows you to assign interactive actions (such as responses to mouse clicks) through simple menu choices
Lets you integrate QuickTime VR movies without scripting
Support for multiple technologiesEnables you to deliver the same multimedia content for both Mac OS-based and Windows software-based systems
Supports popular sound, graphics, text, and video formats (including QuickTime VR)
Works with AppleScript to automate parts of a project and create links to other applications
Lets you use hypertext to link keywords to other media objects
EfficiencyAllows creative team members to work simultaneously on various aspects of the same project, reducing overall production time
Stores media separately from the application, facilitating easy content substitution and reducing application size
Features an intuitive user interface and Browser that let you create projects quickly
Runs completed projects faster than many other multimedia tools
Extensibility with Apple Media Tool Programming Environment
Allows programmers to customize Apple Media Tool features and optimize Apple Media Tool projects
Supports extensions to the Internet and interactive television
Supports extensions for database access and links to other programs.
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