Europress has launched a new plug-in for Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer that allows viewing of rich multimedia files created with either Europress's Games Factory software or Corel's Click and Create. Potential applications include interactive Web graphics and banner ads that contain detailed information and even full-blown games.
Using the Vitalize software, a number of effects can be used to create animation, sound and events triggered by the position of the mouse pointer. This means that not only can you fit more information into a banner, but you can make it more interactive.
The Vitalize Web site contains a number of examples of banner ads, games and Web page effects that can be created, although Europress says the software is flexible and that they expect users will find innovative uses for its capabilities.
More impressive is the size of the finished files, with a banner-sized game, including sound, only taking up 25Kb of space.
The Vitalize plug-in is itself only 500Kb in size, and so only takes a couple of minutes to download over a standard 28.8 modem. It uses the standard Windows setup routines and installs quickly. This should appeal to novice users who are not used to complicated software installation routines.
Games Factory is an entry-level authoring package that retails for #69.99, and Click & Create is the more advanced package that costs #464. Existing users of these packages can download an upgrade to the Vitalize-capable versions free at the Web site.
The Web page can be found at (www.vitalize.co.uk), where the plug-in can be downloaded.
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