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

Aug 17, 2004

Macromedia has announced the immediate availability of the Macromedia Web Publishing System, Macromedia Contribute 3, and Macromedia FlashPaper 2. The Web Publishing System (WPS) is designed to enable tens, hundreds, or thousands of content contributors to publish Web sites for internal and external communications using Macromedia Studio MX 2004, Contribute 3, FlashPaper 2, and Contribute Publishing Services.

The WPS is designed expand an organization's ability to make information available and keep it up-to-date. The WPS provides a Web content management solution that empowers content providers while ensuring administrator safeguards to maintain site integrity. WPS addresses the needs of three main constituencies of the Web publishing process: business users, web professionals, and IT managers.

Macromedia Contribute is intended to enable non-technical users to update pages on Web sites or intranets as easily as they would edit a Microsoft Word document. Contribute 3 adds granular administration controls, flexible approval workflow, editing enhancements, full CSS support, and Dreamweaver MX 2004 integration to its browse-edit-publish workflow.

FlashPaper 2 allows users to convert any printable file into a universally sharable electronic document. Macromedia FlashPaper 2 enables desktop applications to create Flash documents that can be instantly viewed within any Web browser regardless of the size of the document or Internet connection speed. For off-line archiving and email distribution of electronic documents, FlashPaper 2 also supports the creation of industry standard Adobe PDF files.

The Macromedia Web Publishing System, Contribute 3, and FlashPaper 2 are all available for immediate download in English from the Macromedia Online Store. Web Publishing System 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; single seats are available for $229. Current Contribute users can upgrade to a Web Publishing System seat for $109. Contribute 3 pricing is $79 for upgrades, $149 for new users, and $699 for a Contribute six-pack. Standalone FlashPaper 2 pricing for Windows only is $79 for one seat and $699 for a 10-pack. FlashPaper 2 also ships with every version of Contribute 3 on both Mac and Windows. Volume discounts and government, non-profit, and education licensing is also available.

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