Originally Posted by JeffDM
Did you read what I wrote? I did say that the article mentions DVD and flash, which is why I said "they were barely mentioned in passing". You even quoted that part. Why go to so much detail about the least applicable modern format but barely mention the more applicable ones and completely omit the most similar ones? That's the elephant in the room that you're trying to get me to ignore.
I think it's odd that a bunch of other obsolete formats are mentioned, but not interactive PDF or Adobe Air, both of which are more comparable to iTunes LP than any of the other formats mentioned.
For us illiratti: what you seem to be proposing is an alternative to the iTunes LP package, Correct?
A downloadable interactive PDF file?
I don't have experience with Interactive PDF (other than being able to annotate PDF files). How does Interactive PDF compare, strengths and weaknesses, with a desktop web site (which an iTunes LP, essentially, is)?
Can an interactive PDF be programmed and scripted? If so, what language is used? Is it proprietary or open?
A while back, for other purposes, I did create web applications (web sites, actually) that ran on the desktop or from CD/DVD (if the content was read-only). These included a web server, SQL database, web application programming system (PHP, ColdFusion, etc.), the application program, and the content, in a single package.
This certainly could have been used with QuickTime to do what an iTunes LP package does, or imitate a DVD on the desktop. It would have been overkill, though.
But, if Interactive PDF, is open, powerful, easily programmed, easy to use... it should be considered by artists and developers to enhance the user experience.
Tell me more?