The software began as VideoWorks Player for playing back MacroMind VideoWorks files on Macintosh computers. After VideoWorks Professional became Director 1.0 in 1989, the player became known as MacroMind Player.
MacroMind Windows Player was introduced separately from Director 3.0 in 1991 and required Microsoft Windows 3.0 with Multimedia Extensions to run. A utility called Gaffer allowed Director movies to be converted to a format that could be played back through the Windows Player, which was updated to version 1.2 with Director 3.1. It included an option to create self-running "Projectors". Additional players were developed for 3DO Interactive Multiplayer, FM Towns, IRIX, OS/2, and OS-9 (no relation to Apple).
Director Player for Windows (DPW) 3.1.3 was released by Macromedia with improved performance and functionality that finally achieved parity with the Macintosh version. DPW gradually increased in functionality until it replaced Director's own legacy codebase, starting with Macromedia Director 7. The functionality of Director Player was also implemented by Macromedia Shockwave Player, which could be played back from within a web browser.
- Making A Self-Running Animation by Randal L. Kottwitz, The Power User's Manual: Over 1000 Hints & Tips for the Macintosh, p.139. 1986.
- An Unofficial Brief History of Director by Luke Wigley, Lingo Workshop. 2017-01-27.
- Microsoft to jump start extensions by Nico Krohn, InfoWorld. 1991-08-12.
- Macromind announces products, acquires Farallon software by Jeanette Borzo, InfoWorld, p.13. 1991-11-18.
- Director 3.1 adds QuickTime, Lingo functions, Accelerator by Doug and Denise Green, InfoWorld, p.81. 1992-11-02.
- Director for Windows upgraded to Mac level by Kelley Damore, InfoWorld, p.17. 1993-05-31.
- Digital Content Format: Macromedia / Adobe Director (Shockwave) Windows Projector at University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Macromedia Director Player at the Macromedia Wiki
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