Macromedia demonstrates Web applications

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Multimedia software company Macromedia is gearing up to ship its Shockwave for Director Web development tool. Shockwave will enable Web developers to incorporate easily accessed video, sound and animation into Web sites. Previously, most video and audio had to be downloaded before being played.

Macromedia's Director authoring program is widely used to create multimedia CD-ROMs.

Developers including CKS Group, 2-Lane Media and Organic Online are creating applications incorporating Shockwave technology. 2-Lane, for example, created a game for the "Toy Story" Web site.

Shockwave will be available two weeks after the Netscape Navigator 2.0 browser is commercially released. The browser is currently beta testing.

Separately, CompuServe said it has licensed the Macromedia Director Player for use on its upcoming online service, code-named Wow. Subscribers will be able to experience audio and video files immediately, instead of downloading them to their hard drive and playing them back. CompuServe plans to unveil Wow at Fall Comdex next month.

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