This book is designed to help you learn what you need to know to start developing multimedia applications in Director MX 2004. Because this book is geared at new to intermediate-level users, it focuses on covering all of the main areas of the program, and doesn't go into great detail on such advanced topics as 3D or object-oriented programming, although you will learn the basics of both of these.
In the course of this book, you will complete four different projects, broken down into 17 different lessons. Each project, and lesson, will build on what you previously learned so that when you're finished you will have a firm understanding of the development process.
Although it's not necessary for you to have experience with Director MX 2004 itself, this book does assume you have some basic familiarity with your operating system and that you're comfortable with choosing menu items, opening and saving files and other common tasks. Of course you'll also need to have a copy of Director MX 2004 installed on your system. If, for whatever reason, you don't have Director on your machine, a trial version is located on the included CD-ROM. This is a fully operational copy you can use for 30 days, plenty of time to go through this book.