Home (Spotlight) | TOC
| Products & Ordering | Technical
Info | Contact Zeus
Copyright © 1996-1997.
Zeus Productions. All Rights Reserved.
Ma, YoYo - cellist whose name Kramer
spasmodically repeats after being kicked in the head by Crazy
Joe DiVola. See Yo-Yo.
Mac - see Macintosh.
Mac, 68K - See 68K
Mac OS - the operating
system that runs on Macintosh computers, most notable for its pioneering
commercial use of the GUI. Also known as System
7. See Finder, System,
System Folder, Control
Panel, Extension, File
Type, Creator Code.
machineType - Lingo keyword,
returns a numeric code indicating the type of computer on which Director
is running (not particularly reliable). See the list
of machineTypes. See
Macintosh - 1. line of computers manufactured
by Apple, featuring a GUI
and running the Mac OS. See Apple
II, Lisa. 2. Charles, 1766-1843, Scottish
chemist, inventor and manufacturer.
Macintosh format - a floppy
disk, CD, hard disk
or file, which can be read or written on a Macintosh computer is said to
be in Macintosh format, although many Macs are
equipped to read DOS formatted items as
well. See hybrid.
Mackintosh - rain coat (British). See Penny
Lane and Apple
- a software company which publishes mutlimedia authoring and content development
tools, such as Freehand, Director,
Fontographer, and BackStage.
See Bud Colligan, Rob
Burgess, Winromedia, Aldus,
Macromedia Director - See Director,
Macromedia Studio - software bundles
from Macromedia, which include several content
creation products focused on a single theme, such as the Graphics Studio
or Interactive Studio.
Macromind - 1. original developer of Macromind
Director. Merged with several other companies to form Macromedia
(the name Macromind is still often used mistakenly instead of Macromedia).
Macromind Director - Director version
3.0 (the name is still often used mistakenly instead of Macromedia
Director). See Macromind, Macromedia.
Made with Macromedia - Macromedia's
logo requirement program for royalty-free runtime distribution. Zeus's
logo and licensing requirements are based closely on the Made with Macromedia
MAFAI - My Apologies For
Any Inconvenience, obscure e-mail
magenta - a deep reddish primary
color, used in CMYK specifications.
magic cookie - see cookie.
mailer daemon - an automated program
which routes e-mail to the recipient, including
returning undeliverable e-mail to the sender. See daemon.
mailing list - a method of distributing
e-mail to multiple recipients. You can subscribe
to one of the thousands of available mailing lists to receive information
about a topic of interest. Some mailing lists are only distribution
lists, whereas others allow list members to participate in the discussion.
Some lists allow anyone to post to the list, even
if they are not members. See list server,
message board. Refer to the TechNote,
"Internet Mailing Lists,"
and join Zeus Productions' mailing list.
mail server - a computer or program dedicated
to sending and receiving e-mail.
Institute of Technology - a small engineering school in Cambridge,
Mass, typically called MIT. See Tute,
massage - the process of converting content
or data from its raw or current form into the desired form.
MB - 1,048,576 (approximately one million) bytes,
a common unit of measure for RAM or hard disk space.
See MegaByte, KB,
McAfee - an anti-virus
utility for the PC. An older version of McAfee erroneously diagnosed
a virus in one of the sound files included with Director for Windows version
5.0. No such virus was present.
McIntosh - an apple.
mctb - a Macintosh menu resource.
The mctb resources can be edited to prevent the menu
bar from flashing when switching applications with zLaunch.
See the zLaunch for Macintosh FAQ.
mDescribe - a method
use to display the other methods supported by an XObject.
, including brief documentation. Replaced by the
method used by Xtras. See mNew.
Mean Time Betwen Failures
- number of hours a component is expected to operate before failing, such
as 50,000 hours. See MTBF.
mega - 1. a prefix meaning 1,000,000 (one million),
as in megahertz. See kilo.
2. a prefix meaning 1,048,576 (approximately one million), as in megabyte.
2. adj. very big, as in "It is a mega project?"
megabyte - 1,048,576 (approximately one million)
bytes, abbreviated MB. See KB,
megahertz - one million (1,000,000) Hertz,
abbreviated MHz. See kHz, mega.
memory - 1. n. something that fades with age,
such as a 30-inch waist. 2. computer storage, usually RAM.
See KB, MB.
memory leak - a bug in a computer program
in which memory is slowly consumed, possibly leading to an eventual crash.
Director handles memory management for Lingo programs, but improper use
of Xtras or XObjects,
or bugs in those components may cause memory leaks. Refer to the Technote,
"Memory Leaks in Director".
Memphis - 1. a city in Tennessee. 2. Microsoft's
code name for Windows 97
menu - 1. a list of choices or operations available
to the user. See GUI. 2. a Lingo keyword used to
menu, which is
installed using the
menu bar - 1. a place where menus go to meet
other menus and have a few drinks. 2. the menu that appears at the top of
the Macintosh desktop. See Start Menu, mctb.
menu resource - a Macintosh resource,
such as mctb, which is used to display items on the
Macintosh menu bar.
message board - a public area where on
can post questions or replies in order to exchange
information with other participants. AOL's message
boards feature an active forum on Macromedia
products. (accessible via Keyword: Macromedia).
See mailing list, newsgroup,
discussion group, post.
method - 1. a function associated with an Xtra,
XObejct or or a child
object which can be called from Lingo. A
method generally performs some useful operation. For example, the FileIO
Xtra includes a method to create a file. Also behavior.
See new, ancestor,
mNew, mDescribe., instantiate.
2. a systematic approach.
- software manufacturer based in Austin, Texas, maker of Code
Warrior. Often misspelled as "Metroworks". See Geekware,
Blood, Sweat, Code, IDE.
mFactory - makers of mTropolis,
a multimedia authoring tool.
MFC - Microsoft Foundations Classes,
a common development system for Windows Systems supported by all the Microsoft
Compilers and Development products and most non-Microsoft development environments
MHz - MegaHertz
1. a measure of a CPU's clock
speed, indicating to some extent the power of the computer. 2. a measure
of the frequency of a sound or radio signal. See Hertz,
MIAW - Movie-In-A-Window
(pronounced "meow", or "M-I-A-W", or referred to by
its full name).
microprocessor - a computer chip acting
as the "brain" of a system, coordinating other components and
processing data, such as a Pentium or PowerPC
chip. See CPU, Intel,
Microsoft - 1. a small company in Redmond
Washington, perpetrators of MS-DOS, Windows
and various other viruses. See MSNBC.
2. a compound word formed by combining two adjectives describing the private
parts of the CEO of definition 1.
Microsoft Access - 1. Access.
2. what Microsoft gets in exchange for political contributions.
Microsoft Excel - see Excel.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
- a web browser available for both Macintosh
and Windows, commonly referred to as Explorer,
IE or MIE. Sent out to kill Netscape
Microsoft Network - a private computer
on-line service, known as MSN. See AOL,
Microsoft Office - a suite of office
productivity software, including Excel, Word
Microsoft Word - see Word.
MIE - Microsoft
Internet Explorer. See IE.
mil - (pronounced "dot mill", not "M-I-L")
the final portion of the domain name of a military
agency. See com, edu,
gov, net, org,
MIME - 1. Marcel Marceau; 2. Multipurpose
Internet Mail Extensions - a file encoding scheme that
usually gives people fits. You'll need a MIME-decoder to wrestle with for
several hours before asking the sender to resend it in another format or
Fed Ex you a copy; 3. Mostly Irrelevant
MIT - Massachusetts
Institute of Technology. See Tute,
mm - millimeter, a unit of measurement
(one thousandth of a meter) often used to indicate a monitor's dot
mMessageList - a method
use to display the other methods supprted by an Xtra,
including brief documentation. Replaces by the
method used by XObjects. See new.
mNew - a method use to instantiate
an XObject. Replaced by the
method when using Xtras. See mDescribe,
MOA - Macromedia Open Architecture.
Macromedia products which support MOA are able to use Xtras.
Director 5.0 was the first version to support the MOA XDK.
Authorware, Freehand, and other Macromedia products support MOA.
modal - 1. v. a dialog box that forces you to
respond to the dialog box and does not allow you to activate other windows,
is said to be "modal". See non-modal.
modem - MOdulator/DEModulator,
a device allowing computer to communicate over phone lines.
MOM - mTropolis
moose - v. to prevent from doing useful work
or assist in procrastination, ordinarily by providing an engaging if meaningless
distraction. You don't help someone to moose, you moose them, leaving them
no choice but to be moosed. In fact, you cannot moose by yourself. There
needs to be a mooser and a moosee. Otherwise it is just procrastinating.
Moosing implies a certain reluctance on the moosee's part, although the
mooser is usually quite willing.
Motorola - manufacturer of the 68000
and PowerPC families of microprocessors
used in Macintosh computers.
mouse - a pointing device which usually a trackball
to move the cursor. See GUI.
movie - 1. Apocalypse Now 2. a Director DIR
, DCR, or DXR file 3.
a QuickTime file 4. a movie-in-a-window
move-in-a-window - a Director movie
that is opened as a subwindow of the stage,
abbreviated MIAW. See window.
movie script - a Lingo script which contains
handlers that are accessible globally. Movie scripts receive the
stopMovie messages. See cast
script, sprite script, frame
script, score script.
Mosaic - a browser developed by Mark
Andreeson. See NCSA.
MPC - a minimum standard for multimedia PCs, pushed
by the Multimedia PC Marketing Council, known as MPC Level
1. MPC Level 1 computers, such as 386's, are outdated for current multimedia
MPC2 - a minimum standard for multimedia PCs,
pushed by the Multimedia PC Marketing Council, known as MPC
Level 2. MPC Level 2 computers, such as 486's are the bare minimum for current
MPC3 - a minimum standard for multimedia PCs,
pushed by the Multimedia PC Marketing Council, known as MPC
Level 3. MPC Level 3 computers, are current multimedia-ready computers.
MSN - Microsoft
MSNBC - collaborative news effort between NBC
and Microsoft, which includes a cable TV station
and a web site.
MPC - Multimedia Personal Computer.
A standard for certifying the ability of a PC to use multimedia software.
See MPC Level 1, MPC Level
MPC Level I - an entry level multimedia
PC, no longer adequate for most multimedia applications on the market today.
MPC Level 2 - an mid-level multimedia PC,
adequate for most multimedia applications on the market today.
MPC Level 3 - an new multimedia PC standard,
adequate for higher-end multimedia applications.
MST - (pronounced "Mountain Standard
Time", not "mist") Time zone of the Rocky Mountain
region of the United States. Two (2) hours earlier than EST,
one (1) hour earlier than CST, and one (1) hour
later than PST. Seven (7) hours earlier than GMT.
MS-DOS - the version of DOS
from Microsoft, as opposed to versions from other
manufacturers, such as IBM.
MSVC - Microsoft Visual
MS-Windows - the Windows
OS, published by Microsoft.
MS-Word - see Word.
MTBF - Mean
Time Betwen Failures, a measure of the reliability
of a device, such as a hard drive, which may have a MTBF of 50,000 hours.
mTropolis - a multimedia authoring
tool from mFactory. Refer to the TechNote
"Choosing a Multimedia Authoring
MUD - Multi-User Domain -
a role-playing environment.
MUI - Macromedia User Interface.
The common interface components shared across multiple Macromedia products.
including dialog boxes and menu structures.
multi-process - v. to think about or operate
on multiple things at the same time, said of both computers and people.
multi-task - v. to perform multiple functions
simultaneously, said of both computers and people. A multi-tasking operating
system such as Windows or the Mac OS allows applications to share the processor's
attention, allowing you to, say, print one document while spell-checking
multi-user - adj. a system which supports
multiple simultaneous users, such as UNIX. Windows and the Mac OS are not
...continue with letter N...
Home (Spotlight) | Table
of Contents | Links | Contact
Place an Order | Products
for Sale | Licensing | Downloads
TechNotes | FAQs
| E-Mail Zeus | GuestBook
Copyright © 1996-1997. Zeus
Productions. All Rights Reserved.
(This page last revised August 30, 1997)