Wired HC Article (Rod McCall)
troy at rpsystems.net
Fri Aug 16 14:22:01 EDT 2002
On Friday, August 16, 2002, at 12:12 PM, Wolfgang M. Bereuter wrote:
> For them rev may be a big improvment in UI design, but show me the
> reviews from the designer, layouter, or multimedia authos please...
> They are all mostly using iShell (Director)for authoring and rev for
> the scripting projects...
Interesting. I hadn't thought about it from quite that perspective, but
that is my company in a nutshell (or... iShell.) When it is heavily
based on media and "interactive" we use iShell, when it is scripting
heavy, we use Rev. For us, this is usually a pretty clear-cut decision
on which tool to use. I'm not sure that I consider it a failing of Rev,
unless one wishes to accomplish ALL possible projects in one development
environment. Sure, that would be nice, but I've never seen such an
environment. Rev is superbly fast for code work, and the language is
quite fun and readable (we call Rev scripts "stories") but it is nowhere
near the speed of development when it comes to "multimedia style" work,
as iShell is. We have tested this. It takes MUCH longer to develop the
same content in Rev that can be done in iShell IF it is a "media rich"
program. Now, on the plus side, Rev's shear power says that it has far
more "headroom" regarding depth of capability, and most things that can
be done in iShell can be done in Rev - with a little extra effort.
So Wolfgang, I do agree that Rev has a ways to go if you wish to use it
for multimedia development as opposed to the two other guys (Director
and iShell.) Maybe I don't have the same expectations of the tool in
that arena just yet. Besides... I really like iShell - for what it does,
its powerful, stable, and extremely fast to develop in. I also really
like Rev. It's even more powerful and reasonably fast - stability? That
comes in time. ;)
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