iShell Targets Director Users

January 11th, 2007

Tribalmedia announced an updated version of their multimedia authoring tool called iShell. One of the key features being touted is the fact that this version is now a Universal Binary.

iShell 4.5 brings native support for Mac OS X on Intel chips as well as for PowerPC chips running on Mac OS X 10.3.9 or greater. This brings great speed enhancements for iShell on the Macintosh platform and keeps iShell moving forward into the future.

Tribalmedia is offering crossgrades for current Director users with a relatively low cost.

I really hope Adobe takes this as a bit of a push to get Director moving forward in the near future. Microsoft and Adobe are the last two companies to get major products released for the Intel-based Macs. Of course, their software has been around for many years (lots of older code), and is pretty large (just think of the lines of code for Photoshop).

I still dream about the day I won’t have to use Rosetta mode to view Shockwave content.

Entry Filed under: Daily thoughts,Mac to Intel,Product Updates

7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kris  |  November 29th, 2006 at 7:28 am


  • 2. Johan  |  November 30th, 2006 at 4:59 am

    Simple, yet effective, I’m gonna have fun with this one!!

  • 3. CC  |  December 5th, 2006 at 6:02 pm

    You might be able to get even better compression. Typically, you’ll only be using ASCII characters 32-128, which means that you could store each character in 7 bits, leaving an extra bit for each color value. You could then recover an extra three characters for every seven pixels.

    If you only needed to store upper case letters (or only lower case letters), you could reduce this even further to characters 32-95, using 6 bits per character, which would leave you with 4 characters for every pixel. (You could still use this technique if you have infrequent case changes by prefixing them with an unused character like a carat. As long as they occur less than once every three characters, you’d still see a size savings.)

  • 4. Josh Chunick  |  January 18th, 2007 at 11:31 pm

    I actually downloaded and tried iShell, but didn’t put much effort into it since the layout and metaphor were quite alien to me…. but downloading it also tipped off a marketing/sales guy for the company who probably found out I was a Director user and he ended up calling me at home. Persistent… Adobe should really look at it as a wakeup call. Competition is always a good thing.

  • 5. Malcolm Vincent  |  February 15th, 2007 at 4:13 am

    Amen to that – come on Adobe … get that shockwave player out there now! … and hopefully as a by-product it will work on any linux box too 🙂

  • 6. David tournier  |  March 19th, 2007 at 6:26 am

    I just try , and i think that it is a very powerfull tool. But it is really much powerfull than director?… I foud some great plugins for iShell, specially on . But the 3D plugin seems not available… it could be nice to compare it to shockwave3d. Does this plugin run fast on iShell?

  • 7. mtpb  |  April 26th, 2007 at 6:01 am

    This can be used to download things at the library!

    Once upon a time, in a world where I used to have to send and receive BIG files via dial up, I used to dream of how I could utilize my public library’s T1 connection. The computers there had no floppy, no CD, no nothing… I mostly had to receive big files, turn into Director movies, and then mail overnight. The receive part was so painful. The dream was…. could I attach suction cups outfitted with photocells to a CRT in strategic places and have the content I needed to download become rasterized into blinking boxes? Think about that!


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