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The primary documentation is documentation written by Macromedia. You start out with the manuals in print or PDF or Help format. But the primary documentation includes several additional sources.
The Director Help Files
The Director Help files contain the two primary documents: Using Director and The Lingo Dictionary. Access via Help>Director Help or Help>Lingo Dictionary. Note the "Lingo by Feature". This is useful in getting to know Lingo. Get to know how to use the Help files. They are your quickest reference.
This directory on your machine has good (though ugly) examples of how to do many things.
The home page that leads to all Macromedia's Director documentation.
There are PDF versions available here of the two main docs: Using Director and The Lingo Dictionary. There is also documentation on the Multi-User Server in PDF format. The What's New in Director 8.5 is huge and to do with 3D and Multi-User stuff. I see there is also a doc on using Real Media in Director, as well as other docs.
Useful docs that compare Director with Flash. Very useful for Flash users new to Director. For advanced inter-functionality between Director and Flash, check out Mark Jonkman's article.
Macromedia.com tutorials and articles.
Very useful on little details you don't find in the main primary documentation. These are included in the search function at this page and in the Macromedia Director site more generally, so you can search for stuff nicely.
Useful 'show-me' examples.
Useful code samples from Macromedia.
Email lists are an indispensable part of learning Director well. There are several very good ones. And they are meant for different levels of Director expertise. If you ask a lot of questions that are not appropriate for the level of the list, be they tough or easy questions, you won't get very far. Read the lists before posting to get an idea of what is acceptable netiquette on them.
This lists some newsgroups maintained by Macromedia. These are for beginners. A good place to start is Director.basics and Director.Lingo. This also lists other newsgroups such as Director.Multiuser and Director.3D.
Direct-L is a great list. Lots of pros and the levels range from near beginner to most advanced. The archives of Direct-L are very useful. Use them to search before posting. I read Direct-L on the Web, have it bookmarked. The volume is too high for me to subscribe. The Web interface is excellent. Good search results.
DirGames-L is a bit funkier than Direct-L, but most of the same folks, eventually. A bit more discussion of game programming here.
The blue link also links to Lingo-L, Shockwave-L (which is hardly active), MultiUser-L, and 3DDirector-L.
A good site of tutorials and web-board forums by Adam Montandon.
A list I started. Most Director list address technical questions (more or less) only. The idea of Director_Art is to also address poetics of Director (and other) Web art.
Director Online is a fine source of articles by seasoned Director developers, and the site is professionally edited by Darrell Plant. Good writing, nicely searchable, all round excellent site.
Great articles here, nicely searchable, and MANY VERY USEFUL BEHAVIORS. A professionally done site by Chuck Neal.
This is on the Macromedia site. Contains articles written by Director developers.
This is most notable for being the home of Direct-L perhaps. Good tips and tricks section, and lots of resources. Great site by Alan Levine.
The most ambitious and intelligent site concerning Multi-User Director technology. Quite a fascinating site in what it has to offer both in behaviors and vision.
This is Mecca Medialight's site (Australia), run by Luke Wigley. The number one spot for high-performance downloadable Director interface elements and video and image processing scripts done with imaging Lingo. Flash is great at vector images but Director excels with bitmaps, and no one has made public better such scripts than Luke Wigley makes. Check out the Code section and his Anim FX and ImageFX3 scripts. Also check out his Testzone. Great menus here!
Code and essays on audio and games.
Macromedia's site for behaviors and Xtras.
I recommend Director Demystified by Jason Roberts and Phil Gross. If you are interested in games, Gary Rosenzweig is the guy with the books and the know how. He runs clevermedia.com. One of the more interesting high-level books is by Dave Mennenoh.
Nio by Jim Andrews