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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)

"Streaming Video Should Be Seamless," Says Macromedia

View Chris Hock & Jim Guerard Discussing Flash Video (Live on SYS-CON.TV)Macromedia's Executive Vice President and Chief Software Architect Kevin Lynch was able in his FlashForward 2005 keynote to point to the shining example set by New York Times, which this week chose to create an entire experience around the story of death of Pope John Paul II. "It's very fun to watch people experimenting with Flash and continue to push that envelope," Lynch said. Lynch reminded the San Francisco audience that no other technology has the kind of adoption levels that Flash player reaches with e... (more)

Flash Player Is Revved to Version 8.5; Flex 2 Product Line Unveiled

Flash Player 8.5, announced by Macromedia today, adds industrial strength programming power on top of the expressiveness already introduced in Flash Player 8, creating what the company calls "a state-of-the-art, cross-platform runtime." It includes a new virtual machine that offers faster runtime performance, full runtime error reporting, improved debugging, and ActionScript 3. The alpha versions of Flash Player 8.5 is expected to be available for download on October 17 in conjunction with the MAX 2005 developer conference. "The Macromedia Flex 2 product line and Macromedia Flash ... (more)

Sun and Macromedia Bring Flash Content and Applications to Java Desktop System

At the SunNetwork 2003 Conference and Pavilion in Berlin this week, Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Macromedia have announced an agreement to integrate and ship Macromedia Flash Player 7 with the Java Desktop System. As part of the agreement, Macromedia Flash Player will be pre-installed into the open source browser Mozilla, a key component of the Java Desktop System, allowing users to conveniently view Flash content "out of the box," without having to download and install the player separately. Flash Player offers Java Desktop System users the same experience of viewing rich, interac... (more)

Flash Video Takes the Web By Storm

Flash video, which enables companies to deliver custom branded video experiences directly in their Web site, is beginning to sweep the Web. With Flash video interactive content can be delivered across a high-performance, reliable content delivery network to Macromedia Flash Player. This means that approximately 500 million Web users - the installed base of Flash Player - can in turn immediately experience the video content without downloading special plug-ins or media players. Macromedia has set up here a "Flash Video Gallery" containing additional customer examples. Examples abo... (more)