Besides the documentation that comes with Director, and the books available for it, there are a number of places you can go online for even more information. Along with newsgroups on Usenet and email-based mailing lists, there are also many great Web sites dedicated to furthering your knowledge.
As an active Team Macromedia volunteer, one of my duties is to read and answer questions in Macromedia's Director newsgroups. In doing that I come across all kinds of useful tidbits in the answers other people give, and often in the questions themselves. I heartily recommend that you spend a little time each day in your newsreader looking through the messages.
Macromedia's news server is: forums.macromedia.com
There are six Director news groups there:
macromedia.director.3d macromedia.director.basics macromedia.director.lingo macromedia.director.multiuser macromedia.japan.director.basics macromedia.japan.director.lingo
The Mailing Lists
A mailing list is a discussion group that uses email to pass messages along. You send an email to a special account, which in turns distributes it to the members of the list. Each time someone starts a subject, or replies to a topic being discussed, all the members of the list get an email. Depending on the list, you can get quite a few emails during the course of a single day.
The most popular of the Director mailing lists is Lingo-L and it is run by Penworks Corporation, which is owned by noted Director developer Tab Julius. Lingo-L has over 3200 subscribers, and you can subscribe by going to:
Another popular Director mailing list is Direct-L. Hosted by the University of Arkansas, Direct-L has 842 subscribers as of this writing. You can join the list at:
Two very popular lists, Dir3D-l, and DirGames-l, are run by the Department of Drama and Theater at the University of Georgia. You can join the Dir3D-L list at:
You can join the DirGames-L list by going to:
Finally, the Shockwave-L list, run by Sam Michel of Chinwag, is a low to moderate activity list, but useful nonetheless. You can subscribe to Shockwave-L by going to:
A lot of Web sites feature articles, tutorials, and how-tos using Director. Listing them all would be tough, so I'll give some of the ones I consider quite good.