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Macromedia has announced that a free update is available today for its Flash Web applications program Flash MX 2004. The update, version 7.2, applies to both Flash MX 2004 and Flash MX Professional 2004. Customer input helped in developing the update which reduces launch and compile times. As a result, the application is lighter and runs more efficiently. "The Flash community has been very engaged in helping us deliver this update," said Mike Chambers, product manager for developer relations, Macromedia. "The result is a significant collection of changes that substantially improve the developer and designer experience." Over 400 additional code examples are included with this update, with new chapters on creation and customization of components. "I'm thrilled to see Macromedia's commitment to improving the Flash authoring experience," said Colin Moock, co-creator of... (more)

The Blogosphere Discusses the Issue of Packaging Yahoo! Toolbar with Its Flash Player Downloads

More OOP in Flash XML, Another Way to Run Your Flash Application A New Role for Flash According to John Dowdell (pictured) - author of the popular online blog "JD's Forum" - staff within Macromedia "tried to anticipate various reactions" to its recent decision to package Yahoo! Toolbar with its Flash player, bundling it in with your download by default if you're using IE.  A decision that has met with pockets of vociferous criticism among various online communities and blogs. "If there's a potential scenario which could affect the common good, then getting it identified and addre... (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)

Adobe Flex 2.0 Now Expected June 2006; Company Reports Record Q1 Financial Results

"Adobe’s business continues to perform well, driven by strong demand for our creative solutions and Acrobat," said Adobe's CEO Bruce R. Chizen (pictured), as Adobe yesterday reported record financial results for its first quarter ended March 3, 2006 - the first quarter to reflect the recent acquisition of Macromedia. "In addition to our strong financial results, we are making rapid progress integrating the Macromedia business and remain excited about our prospects for future growth," Chizen added. In the first quarter of fiscal 2006, Adobe achieved record revenue of $655.5... (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)