If you've been left disappointed by the BD-J interactive features on Blu-ray discs, you're not alone
-- all of that Java power is great, but the production tools leave it in the hands of programmers rather than artists. Sonic Solutions has introduced two applications to help keep the creative side of the house a little closer to the final product: BD Fusion is based on Clickstream's Multimedia Fusion game development environment and BD-J Converter converts Flash animations into Java code for use in BD-J projects. Now we'd be the first to say that rich BD-J features are pretty far down on our own wishlist for Blu-ray, but lowering the barrier to producing BD-J features that are actually interesting (even for kids
) can't hurt, right?