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In an effort geared towards familiarizing elementary students with media applications, Macromedia announced a new, affordable license for elementary schools. This is the first time that Macromedia has offered licenses, reduced or otherwise, on the elementary level.   The license will likely cost around $1,500.00 and will be available in mid-August to US and Canada only. The program is open to both public and private schools for students in grades K-6.  The license ships with both Windows and Apple compatible applications.    The software included with the license includes Macromedia Studio MX 2004, Dreamweaver MX 2004, Macromedia Flash MX 2004, Fireworks MX 2004, FreeHand MX, ColdFusion MX 6.1 Developers Edit... (more)

Breeze Solution Accelerators Improve Web Communications Integration

Solution accelerators for Macromedia Breeze are available now, enabling enterprise developers to fully leverage Breeze as an integral part of their existing IT infrastructure. The accelerators consist of sample code and documentation that allow developers to integrate Breeze Web communications functionality directly with a company's existing directory services, intranet applications, and portal pages. Macromedia Breeze is the first rich Web communication system that enables organizations to communicate, collaborate, and train via a single, easy-to-use, integrated solution that in... (more)

FlashPaper 2 Announced

Macromedia has announced the release of Macromedia FlashPaper 2, a simple way to convert printable files into universally sharable electronic documents. FlashPaper 2 enables any application to create documents that can be instantly viewed within any web browser. For off-line archiving and e-mail distribution of electronic documents, FlashPaper also supports the standard Adobe Acrobat PDF format. FlashPaper 2 is included with Contribute 3 on Windows and Mac OS X, and is a component of the new Macromedia Web Publishing System. Single licenses of FlashPaper 2 will also be available... (more)

VitalStream and Sorenson Offer One-Click Flash Workflow

VitalStream, Inc., which provides streaming media solutions and global content delivery, and video compression technology developer Sorenson Media, have announced that Sorenson Squeeze 4.1 encoding software will be integrated into VitalStream's Streaming Service for Flash. VitalStream is the first content delivery network (CDN) provider to integrate the Sorenson Squeeze compression technology into its suite of services. VitalStream's partnership with Sorenson Media leverages VitalStream's reliable, worldwide CDN built for streaming and Sorenson Squeeze's encoding technology, to ... (more)

The Macromedia Studio Blogosphere

If one of the true signs of a vibrant developer community is an active blogosphere surrounding a technology, then the MX suite of technologies certainly passes that test with flying colors. Don't forget that you can blog yourself now, too, under the MXDJ domain - just follow the blog-n-play link from http://mxdj.sys-con.com. Blog Topic: Flash Macromedia Relaunches Flash as a Platform by oscar trelles - from www.oscartrelles.com/blog/ In a move that is being received with a smile by the open-source-friendly segment of the Flash development community, Macromedia announced that they ... (more)