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MacroMind Accelerator, formerly VideoWorks Accelerator, was a utility provided by MacroMind (the predecessor of Macromedia) to process Director and VideoWorks files for faster playback on slower computers.[1]

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VideoWorks Accelerator was first released in 1988 as a separate utility for VideoWorks II users.[2] It pre-composited graphical elements into a single streaming file that could be loaded and played back from memory at up to 30 frames per second.[1]

It was renamed MacroMind Accelerator in 1989 with support for encoding and accelerating Director files.[1] It was later bundled with MacroMind Three-D in 1991 and MacroMind Director 3.1 in 1992.[3][4] Accelerator was discontinued as the release of QuickTime from Apple Computer and Video for Windows from Microsoft made it redundant.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Macromind Director Turns The Mac Into Video Studio by Doug and Denise Green, InfoWorld, p.74-75. 1989-07-10.
  2. News Briefs | Macromind Releases Videoworks II Utilities, InfoWorld, p.29. 1988-06-27.
  3. MacroMind Three-D does animation and rendering by Doug and Denise Green, InfoWorld. 1991-07-15.
  4. Director 3.1 adds QuickTime, Lingo functions, Accelerator by Doug and Denise Green, InfoWorld. 1992-11-02.

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