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NOW, EVEN AMATEURS CAN TAKE A CRACK AT MULTIMEDIA
The big buzz in computers these days is multimedia systems, which add sound, pictures, video, and animated graphics to the usual text and numbers. But creating captivating multimedia shows has usually required complex scripts and programming languages to control how and when a machine presents various audio and visual elements.
HSC Software in Santa Monica, Calif., says it has a far easier way of creating multimedia business presentations on IBM-compatible PCs running Microsoft Corp.'s Windows program. HSC's $495 InterActive program provides a set of graphical icons, each able to trigger a certain action, that even nonprogrammers can organize visually to coordinate multimedia elements. One icon, for instance, paints a background picture. Another displays video selections in a small panel. Customers join the icons together to outline their presentation. Then they fill in the blanks on each icon's control panel to specify exactly what it should do, such as play a minute of video from a VCR. Sequences of connected icons can be saved for reuse, too, to save time in building new presentations.EDITED BY PAUL M. ENG