Sorry if this seems off-topic or primitive. I have not really used MAX yet...
I now have a task of creating an interactive application for a desktop, to be delivered on a CD or similar. So, I am thinking what to use to develop it. I am interested to know if you think MAX/MSP/Jitter would be good/adequate for this. Or should I stick to Flash or some such.
The project in question has to combine large, multi-layered 2D images with transparencies that the user will be able to drag/pan and click on. It will include video too. Not sure if images on top of video are a possibility. It might include 3D but I shall try to avoid it. Interactivity will include clicking, dragging, zooming – basic stuff. The logic will include support for several narrative lines, feedback on progress, etc. It would be nice to be able to have the content in a database-like form so that it could be reused in multiple places.
I would rather learn MAX than Flash because I am also interested in more complex, installation-like environments and this could be my excuse to delve into it in earnest. But I need to know that it could support my more conventional needs too.
I would appreciate a general advice on how to approach this is a best way and any pointers to good precedents/examples either as finished projects or tutorials or patches.
Thank you very much for your help,