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1Introduction Multimedia is nothing new The nature of human communication has always involved multimedia We hear speak write draw make gestures play music and act out our thoughts and feelings to one another We have enjoyed multimedia presentations since our childhood through film television and more recently videotape videodisc and digital videodisc These have all involved analog media What makes recent developments in multimedia new and exciting is that we can now deal with these various media in a digital format The digital format allows manipulation sharing and merging of data in ways that analog cannot For example writers can incorporate digital images into a word processing document They can record and edit sounds to link with images or text permitting the data types to serve multiple purposes with a minimum of reworking Users can program the computer to seek files randomly to store these different files digitally just as any computer file They can edit this information eliminating unnecessary parts transforming them or adding alternative data or special effects all without expensive postproduction 11What is Multimedia Multimedia evokes different images depending on the listener or readers understanding Multimedia is defined as an interactive computer-mediated presentation that includes at least two of the following elements text sound still graphic images motion graphics and animation Theoretical Foundations of Multimedia Robert S Tannenbaum c 1998 Even the unabridged edition of The World Book Dictionary c 1990 leaves room for interpretation by defining the term as using a combination of various media 111Mixed Mode Some people understand multimedia to mean the use of two or more types of media in the same product We know that CD-ROMS Compact Disc-Read Only Memory can store virtually any type of digitised information If we can digitise the data we can also store it on a CD-ROM just as any other type of digital file Many applications in the MS-DOS environment that employ multiple media in this way
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