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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 groundbreaking nature of Studio 8 makes it the most significant release in the history of Macromedia. Since the release of Studio MX 2004 just under two years ago, we have focused our efforts on delivering a powerful, quality product based on extensive customer feedback. Studio 8 is by far the most ... (more)

"Huge" New Dreamweaver Release From Macromedia Unveiled Today: Dreamweaver 8

"Dreamweaver 8 not only delivers tools and workflow improvements that help make users more efficient, it also supports the web's best practices and is more closely integrated with the Studio 8 family and the latest technologies," said said David Mendels, general manager, Macromedia, as Macromedia unveiled today Macromedia Dreamweaver 8, the latest release of its professional web design and development tool. "Dreamweaver 8 not only delivers tools and workflow improvements that help make users more efficient, it also supports the web's best practices and is more closely integrated ... (more)

That's Web 2.0! Flex 2.0 + Flash Player 8.5 = RIA

"With Flex 2.0 and Flash Player 8.5, we can finally deliver the kinds of rich applications our clients demand without compromise. That's Web 2.0!" With these words, a VP at Cynergy Systems today gave his ringing endorsement of the Adobe Flex 2.0 product line and Adobe Flash Player 8.5. The VP, Dave Wolf, was speaking out as Adobe today announced the public beta of Adobe Flex 2.0. "Adobe is committed to delivering the tools and servers that application developers need to deliver engaging rich Internet applications, from interactive product configurators to mission critical business... (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)

New Macromedia Flash Player Runtime Is "The Driving Force Behind the Flash Platform"

"Macromedia Flash Player is the driving force behind the Flash Platform,” said Kevin Lynch, chief software architect, Macromedia, as Macromedia this morning announced the availability of a public beta for Macromedia Flash Player 8, the next-generation Flash Player client runtime. “It consistently allows our customers to deliver the richest Internet media and applications to the widest audience," Lynch continued. "With Flash Player 8, we see enterprises achieving a completely new, powerful way to communicate, educate, or do business using rich content across intranets or... (more)