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MultiMedia has been the ‘coming thing’ for so long, many of us began to wonder whether or not it would ever come at all. But, finally, the tools have become available that allow true MultiMedia development in Windows’ most popular development environment... Visual Basic. And not just one or two, but a sudden rush. Image of Multimedia System

So much so that we’ve decided to feature all that’s new, wonderful and different in MultiMedia development tools in this, our first special ‘unsealed’ section.

We review a number of new multimedia and hypermedia tools, take a look at how one or two MultiMedia developers feel about the choices available (and, no, they didn’t all choose VB!) and review a couple of the basic techniques for creating Multimedia-enabled applications.

For too long, VB developers especially have almost tacitly assumed that VB wasn’t a real MultiMedia tool, but even the most cursory glance at Encarta will show a heap of VBXes... if it’s good enough for Microsoft’s premier MultiMedia offering, it’s surely good enough for the rest of us.

And there’s an increasing realisation amongst Government and Business that MultiMedia isn’t just some passing fad or a toy. As users’ PCs catch up with the once-outrageous MultiMedia specifications, we’ll see even more growth. Aussie Developers take note!


Note: Many product reviews within this multimedia section have pricing included. To get the most up-to-date pricing, refer to the special Graphic Tools section included in the GUI Computing Catalogue (in a handy help-file format). This also includes screen snaps, related articles and version numbers.

You may download this from: ftp://ftp.gui.com.au/pub/gui/guicatalog/setup.exe. It is 756KB in size.


Written by: Mark Trescowthick
June 94

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