How to use these tutorials
The tutorials in this site cover Director basics as well as advanced use
of 3D and Lingo. This page will cover some of the conventions I have used
in the tutorials and will give you general info on how to work through the
exercises. If you have any problems or feedback, feel free to email me (Dean
The tutorials are instruction based, following a series of numbered steps to achieve an end result. The tutorials have screenshots and completed files. While the format attempts to explain the concepts as clearly as possible, you may find it does not suit your style of learning. If you prefer 'show-me' type demonstrations, you can go to:
Adobe - Director Showme Examples: Shockwave movies (with downloadable source) demonstrating various functions of Director. They are old in terms o Dierctor version, but still useful/
If you prefer video, looks at:
There are also CDs/DVDs that you can buy with Director video tutorials. For these type of products, look at the CD/DVD Training link in my Director resources page.
The tutorials here are primarily focused on Director 10.1.1 (MX 2004) with all screenshots made on Windows XP. The tutorials can be used to learn earlier or later versions of Director, however, screenshots and menu items may vary slightly. Below are links to earlier versions of the tutorials.
Director 8.5 version tutorials
Director 7 specific tutorials
Conventions used in the tutorials
- Important words or phrases are formatted in bold type.
- Names of buttons, keyboard items are written in bold italic.
- Lingo terms are written in different ways including:
bold italic - when an individual term is used within a general sentence.
put localVar - in red if a short statement or script is illustrated
member("sequenceList").text = ""&gMarkerSequence
- in different colours when a long script / behavior is shown. In this case, the formatting indicates the colour coding seen in Director.
- Tutorials are set up as a series of numbered steps like:
1. Open Director.
2. Save your movie as tut1.dir.
- Menu selections are written as:
Menu > Selection, for example - File > Save.
Accessing files for tutorials
Occasionally there are files that are required to use in the tutorial. These files are hyperlinked from the tutorial page. Simply right click (Windows) or Control+click (Macintosh) and choose 'Save Target As...', then save the file to your hard drive.