Interactive Media Corporation today announced the release of ActionLine, a new web page authoring tool for creating dynamic, animated, interactive Java applets without programming or scripting. Using a graphical, drag and drop WYSIWYG interface, ActionLine generates Java applets that can easily be incorporated into standard HTML web pages for distribution over Intranets and the Internet. Java enabled browsers can display these applets which can include interactive graphics, rollover buttons, animations, music, dynamic transitions, interactive buttons and special effects. This product was developed on and is available only for Macintosh® based systems
ActionLine allows web authors, designers and electronic publishers to enhance the value, effectiveness and excitement of their web pages. By incorporating time-based events, interactive text, multiple overlaid images, sound, hot buttons, image sequences and other multimedia elements into presentations, sales materials, product demo's and advertisements, authors can deliver more effective and compelling documents.
ActionLine Incorporates and extends many of the patented design and interface technologies used in Special Delivery 2.1, IMC's Four-Star, award winning multimedia authoring tool. Because of its object oriented design, the product provides the widest range of interactive control, transitions, dynamic text, color control, animation capabilities, and automatic presentation capability of any other product, without the need for programming or scripting. The program can be learned in under two hours by most computer users.
"With the rapid growth of enterprise-wide Intranets, many users have expressed the desire to add dynamic interaction, animation, sound and professional quality multimedia capabilities to their web pages" said Roger Badertscher, President of IMC. "As pioneers in the creation of multimedia tools for non-programmers, we have found the growth of both the Internet and Intranets and the acceptance of Java, an ideal environment in which to develop another leading edge product. ActionLine speaks to the needs of many people who want to communicate more effectively in an Intranet environment and over the Internet. Our expertise is in powerful, easy to use, object oriented tools and ActionLine is a result of the experience and knowledge we have developed over the past five years in serving the needs of communicators of all types," he continued.
Technical Overview ActionLine consists of three components. The ActionLine Editor, The ActionLine Viewer and a Java Viewer. The first two elements remain on the Macintosh® authoring platform and require under 500Kb of disk space and require under 1.5 Mb of RAM. They are available in both 68K and PowerPC versions. The Java Viewer resides on the web server. The product was designed to maximize performance and throughput. The Java Viewer consists of a Java class library containing 54 classes and requiring under 110K of storage. Specific classes are downloaded from the web site only as they are required for a particular web page. The minimum class set is 7 classes, and a typical page might require 15 to 20 classes. This design helps to maximize performance by not burdening the client with downloading unnecessary classes. Each transition and each action type are a separate class, and are only downloaded if they are required for a particular page. In addition to the software components, the product ships with an electronic reference manual, an electronic tutorial and some sample applets created using ActionLine.
Available during the introductory period for a limited time at $99.00 including a 30 day money-back guarantee and unlimited free upgrades until January 1, 1997. The suggested price of the product will be $299.00 after expiration of the introductory offer.
Download the following ActionLine Demos:
Demo #1--Interactive, dynamic text with transitions
Demo #2--Interactive presentation with sequential bullet points
Demo #3--Dynamic presentation of images with transitions and realtime resizing of image windows
Demo #4--Animation and control of image sequences
Demo #5--Self-running multi-point presentation
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