Macromedia Announces Web Publishing System, Contribute 3, and FlashPaper 2

Jul 20, 2004


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Macromedia has announced the Macromedia Web Publishing System, as well as major upgrades to the Contribute and FlashPaper products.

The Macromedia Web Publishing System is designed to provide everything an organization needs to affordably build and manage Web and intranet sites. The Macromedia Web Publishing System enables tens, hundreds, or thousands of content contributors to publish Web sites for internal and external communications. The WPS consists of the Macromedia Studio MX 2004, Macromedia Contribute 3, Macromedia FlashPaper 2, and new Contribute Publishing Services. The WPS is designed to address the three main constituencies of the Web publishing process: business users, Web professionals, and IT managers. Business users can publish Web content using Contribute 3. Web professionals can design and build Web sites and applications with the professional toolset in Studio MX 2004, which includes the Macromedia Dreamweaver Web development software. The new Contribute Publishing Services server component included with the WPS allows Web and IT managers to centrally manage users, roles, and Web site editing permissions. This application can be installed in minutes on Windows, Linux, and Unix servers or it can be deployed to standard J2EE application environments. It enables administrators to centrally manage access to Web sites, integrate with enterprise systems via LDAP and Active Directory user directories, and track publishing activities across large numbers of Web sites and publishers.

A preview release of the Macromedia Web Publishing System is available online. The solution is expected to ship for Windows and Mac OS X in English worldwide in August. Pricing is based on the number of business users who will use the system, with business packs that include one full developer seat with Studio MX 2004 for every ten business user seats. Pricing is $2,499 for the starter 10-pack, $12,495 for the 50-pack, $24,990 for the 100-pack, and a single seat is available for $229. Current Contribute users can upgrade to a Web Publishing System seat for $109. Volume discounts and government and education licensing are also available. Localized versions for French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish are expected to ship later this year. All packages of the Web Publishing System also include maintenance and support for one year.

Macromedia has announced a major upgrade to Macromedia Contribute. Contribute is designed to enable non-technical users to easily update pages on Web sites or intranets. Macromedia Contribute 3 adds granular administrator control, flexible approval workflow, editing enhancements, and Dreamweaver MX 2004 integration to its workflow. Contribute 3 is a key element of the new, enterprise-ready Macromedia Web Publishing System. New features for content contributors include increased performance, support for editing a wider range of Web sites, integrated image editing, Microsoft Office integration, and automatic electronic document publishing in PDF and Flash file formats via FlashPaper 2. For Web designers and developers, Contribute 3 adds WebDAV support and incorporates the engine for Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) rendering from the Dreamweaver MX 2004 to allow standards based control of Web page layout and styling. A new external editing feature enables technical review and editing of Web page source code in an external HTML editor (such as Dreamweaver) before publishing.

Upgrades to Contribute 3 will include a single user access license to Contribute Publishing Services, a new server component that is included with the Macromedia Web Publishing System. Contribute Publishing Services is lightweight and easily installed in minutes on Windows, Linux, and Unix servers or deployed to standard J2EE application environments. It provides web and IT managers responsible for larger organizational deployments of Contribute with centralized user management and Web site access control, including support for user authentication through integration with LDAP and Active Directory. Server-based logging and e-mail notification applications provide a deeper view into Web site publishing activities across the organization. A preview release of Macromedia Contribute 3 is available online. Contribute 3 is expected to ship for Windows and Mac OS X in English worldwide in August. Pricing is $79 for upgrades, $149 for new users, and $699 for a Contribute six-pack. Volume discounts and government and education licensing are also available. Localized versions for French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish are expected to ship later this year.

Macromedia has also announced FlashPaper 2, which converts printable files into universally sharable electronic documents. Macromedia FlashPaper 2 is designed to enable 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. This new version generates Flash documents that include integrated support for text search and selection, hyperlinks, and bookmarks. FlashPaper integrates with all Microsoft Office products on Windows. FlashPaper can also create PDFs that can be emailed directly from within Microsoft Office. FlashPaper 2 will ship for Windows in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish worldwide in August. Pricing is $79 for one seat and $699 for a 10-pack. FlashPaper 2 also ships with every version of Contribute 3. Volume discounts and government and education licensing is also available.
(www.macromedia.com/contribute; www.macromedia.com/go/flashpaper)

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