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Multimedia Fusion

Type of Program: Multimedia Editor
Supported Platforms: Windows 95/98/2000/ME/XP
Company Name: ClickTeam
Version: 1.5 Pro
Price: $299 ($99 for Standard Version)
Installed Size:

Download/Homepage

A few years ago I had the privilege of reviewing this program. I believe that as you read this review you will see some differences between the two reviews. Namely, perhaps a better ranking on this newest release. Now I know that some of you may have had some less than better experiences with Multimedia Fusion (MMF for short) in the past but if you would take a look at this review along with the newest version of MMF I believe that you will be pleasantly surprised. If you need further in-depth information on MMF please see the other review by doing a Search) as this most current review will focus more on the vast improvements.

First and foremost are the remarkable improvements in the User Interface. Gone are the crowded, hard to get to windows. Gone are losing focus of where you’ve been or what you want to go to. Gone are the cumbersome keystrokes/clicks. In its place is a much faster engine along with a great interface where "all" windows are very easy to reach and see at the click of a mouse button. For users with a resolution of 1024x768 or greater you should be able to see all windows, at all times!

For those unfamiliar with MMF, this program allows you to easily create complete, stand-alone applications or screen savers. MMF lets you combine text, graphics, video, animation, and audio into your finished products. With a short learning curve users will be able to accomplish their objectives relatively quickly. MMF doesn't use a scripting or programming language to create complex applications. Instead, everything is mouse/menu driven. The Event Editor allows you to specify actions to execute when specific conditions occur in the application. If you are familiar with other multimedia authoring tools that use a script language then you should find working with the Event Editor just as easy to accomplish most of the same tasks without the work of writing code or scripting!

Here are some of the newest features found in the latest release:
1. A redesigned interface that is easy to navigate
2. Explorer windows that you can use to access application, frame, and object properties
3. Object-oriented functionality, so you can drag and drop elements between applications, and change the order of frames by dragging them in the Storyboard editor
4. Property bars that change automatically to accommodate the task you want to perform
5. The Vitalize! plugin, so you can easily distribute your Multimedia Fusion applications over the Internet
6. A Project Editor, where you can work with more than one application at a time, and drag and drop objects or frames between applications

The people at MMF really appear to listen to their users. Just by taking a look at these user suggested improvements and the great support that comes along with it shows how much they want to keep improving MMF! With its now easier to use interface take another look at MMF and see if it doesn’t match up to your needs.

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Reviewed by Robert Hall

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