Macromedia, Inc. has unveiled the next generation of its MX product family used by professional developers and designers to build web sites and applications. New versions of Macromedia Dreamweaver, Flash, and Fireworks tools are offered, while new products such as Macromedia Flash MX Professional 2004 are designed to bring the power of the Internet to a new class of advanced developers. The MX 2004 family also includes new building blocks called the MX Elements for Flash and the MX Elements for HTML, along with a new look and feel for Internet applications called Halo.
The MX 2004 family includes new releases of Dreamweaver, Flash, and Fireworks, and introduces a new product, Flash MX Professional 2004, which is designed to enable a new segment of developers to create rich Internet applications. Studio MX 2004 includes Dreamweaver MX 2004, Flash MX 2004 (or Flash MX Professional 2004), Fireworks MX 2004, and Freehand MX. The new products are expected to ship in September.
Dreamweaver is a tool for building Web sites and applications; Dreamweaver MX 2004 offers new and updated support for standards and server technologies such as Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), secure FTP, and ASP.NET.
Flash MX Professional 2004 is a new product that builds on Flash with an entirely new development environment for advanced application developers. Flash MX Professional 2004 provides visual developers with a forms-based programming metaphor, enabling them to build and deploy rich Internet applications.
Fireworks is a tool for designing and optimizing Web graphics. Fireworks MX 2004 delivers an array of new design tools and effects for Web graphics, and promotes collaboration through expanded integration with other MX products.
Macromedia Studio MX, first released in 2002, provides a suite of design and development solutions for creating Web sites and applications. Studio MX 2004 combines the new MX 2004 tools with FreeHand MX to provide an integrated and convenient development suite.
Each MX 2004 product shares consistent interface, design, and development elements, and functionality that enable developers to work more efficiently across multiple products. Studio MX 2004 will include either Flash MX 2004 or Flash MX Professional 2004.
Macromedia is also expanding the MX universe with the availability of the MX Elements and Halo. The MX Elements are a series of interface building blocks and a new generation of embedded, interactive design patterns and behaviors. The MX Elements for HTML and the MX Elements for Flash are designed to make it faster for customers to build effective interfaces by bringing together technologies including components, templates, style sheets, and behaviors. The MX Elements, by default, have a distinctive new look and feel called Halo. The MX Elements and Halo give developers an opportunity to provide Internet users with an optimized and consistent rich user experience. Other products in the MX family include ColdFusion MX 6.1, Director MX, Flash Player 7, FreeHand MX, and JRun.