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I saw that senocular.com was asking What will happen to MMUGs now? Will they become Adobe User Groups (AUGs?) I can't speak for other MMUGs but I can announce what we're going to be doing in 2006 with the London Macromedia User Group: We're going to be renaming it to the London MultiMedia User Group. Being lazy at heart and not wanting to give up too many XBox cycles on rebranding, we thought this would be the easiest route Also, it fits perfectly with our wanting to embrace a wider range of topics. Darn, 15 minutes to get to my gate... I better post this and get going lest I miss my flight to Cyprus. Going to be spending New Year's with my family in the North. Happy New Year everyone! Here's to an exciting 2006! ... (more)

Macromedia Studio 8 From The Inside: Exclusive Q&As With The Studio 8 Team

Why is FreeHand not part of Studio 8? What do productivity tools Contribute 3 and FlashPaper 2 add? What about Flex? Why has the product name changed from Studio MX 2004? What are the new video features in Studio 8? How about the role of Flash Player 8? These, and sundry other questions on every imaginable aspect of the new Studio 8 release, are addressed here by four executives at Macromedia speaking exclusively to MX Developer's Journal. Jim Guerard, Vice President of Product Management and Product Marketing MXDJ: How do you feel about the new Studio 8? Jim Guerard: The groundbr... (more)

The MX Blogosphere

Blog Topic: Studio 8 Are You Eligible for a Free Studio Upgrade? By Stephanie Sullivan from www.communitymx.com/blog/ I'm sure most everyone wants the new Studio 8. It rocks! But maybe you just recently broke down and purchased Studio MX 2004 (or any of the products contained therein) and you're just not ready to fork over more cash just yet. Well -- maybe you don't have to. If you purchased on or after July 8th, make sure to read Macromedia's page with the upgrade rules (www.macromedia.com/cfusion/knowledgebase/index.cfm?id=tn_15313). You might be pleasantly surprised! Also, don'... (more)

Ben Forta Previews Cold Fusion MX in 2004 and Beyond

Ben Forta, Macromedia's Senior Technical Evangelist  (pictured left at MAX 2003 together with ColdFusion Developer's Journal editor-in-chief Robert Diamond), took the stage at the Salt Palace Convention Center this morning. His theme: "ColdFusion MX and beyond." Known for spilling the beans about future CF releases at past Macromedia events, Ben didn’t disappoint and once again provided lots of good ColdFusion news. First - ColdFusion sales are up this year which is good news for the life of the product, and the state of the industry for developers. Additionally in the ‘positi... (more)

Dreamweaver and Studio Updates Released

Macromedia has released an update for Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 that offers performance and stability improvements. With this update, Dreamweaver MX 2004 increases end-user productivity by enhancing key workflows and improving the performance of the application. The update is free. With the release of the Dreamweaver update, all Macromedia Studio MX 2004 products have been optimized for better quality and performance. New Studio MX 2004 purchases will include all of the updated products. Existing users can download the free individual product updates online. Dreamweaver MX 2... (more)