Macromedia gears up to broadcast Shockwave over Castanet

Macromedia is about to deliver new Shockwave multimedia software that uses Marimba's Castanet publishing utility. Use of the Castanet publishing utility will save Shockwave Director users the steps previously needed to convert Director content into Castanet channel applications, and w Shockwave support for Castanet, users can receive interactive applications that automatically update themselves with different types of multimedia content, including games, graphics, audio, and video files.

Macromedia is about to deliver new Shockwave multimedia software that uses Marimba's Castanet publishing utility.

Use of the Castanet publishing utility will save Shockwave Director users the steps previously needed to convert Director content into Castanet channel applications.

With Shockwave support for Castanet, users can receive interactive applications that automatically update themselves with different types of multimedia content, including games, graphics, audio, and video files.

"This is really the beginning of where we're going with push technologies, adding auto updating and server support," says Phil Schiller, vice president of product marketing for Macromedia.

Macromedia will be announcing similar arrangements with other push vendors in the coming weeks, Schiller says. The company is working to position Shockwave as part of the evolving "push" infrastructure, in which Java-based information, applications, and software objects are broadcast to clients automatically.

Macromedia's Director developers will now be able to distribute graphics and animation files over Castanet channels, perhaps opening up a bevy of sales, marketing, and advertising possibilities. Developers, for example, could use push channels to update CD-ROM titles with new information, such as audio or video content.

When Shockwave content comes through a Castanet channel, the application will recognise the files and transparently load the Shockwave player to display the content.

"One application we've heard about are soap operas that are vignettes you get over time with full streaming via Shockwave," Schiller says.

Shockwave players display and playback a range of multimedia content, including files created with Macromedia's authoring tools - Director, Flash, SoundEdit 16, and xRes - as well as interactive games and audio/video streaming.

The new Shockwave software can be downloaded Tuesday at http://www.macromedia.com/.

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