Macromedia Unveils Latest Version of Dreamweaver Platform
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Macromedia Inc. Monday unveiled the next-generation of its Dreamweaver Platform -- Dreamweaver 4, Dreamweaver UltraDev 4 and Fireworks 4 -- at the Dreamweaver Conference 2000, emphasizing collaborative features to streamline team-based design efforts.
"The new releases of Dreamweaver, Dreamweaver UltraDev and Fireworks represent more than three great new products," said Kevin Lynch, president of Macromedia products. "Together, they create a truly integrated, efficient authoring environment that will enable a more cost-effective way to create the best user experience."
A major component of the collaborative emphasis is the roundtrip graphic editing feature, which integrates Fireworks with both Dreamweaver and UltraDev. Working together, Fireworks and Dreamweaver or UltraDev transparently manage the exchange of graphics, layouts and code between applications.
With the new version, Dreamweaver's roundtrip editing -- which gives developers precise control over the level of editing that is automatically applied to various areas of HTML coding without endangering existing code and content -- has been extended to support Server Side markup languages such as ASP, JSP, CFML and PHP, as well as the HTML and XML that was already supported. In addition, the Dreamweaver interface can be customized to ignore any tag structure defined by the user.
Dreamweaver UltraDev 4 adds Web application creation tools to the Dreamweaver HTML authoring environment. It supports creation of Web applications on any server supporting ASP 2, JSP 1 or Cold Fusion 4 and provides database connectivity options for ODBC, JDBC or OLE DB enabled databases.
Fireworks adds graphics design and production capabilities, allowing users to develop Web page comps using images from digital cameras, scanners or graphics tools. Fireworks 4 adds a new pop-up menu creation allowing users to develop sophisticated navigation with multilevel pop-up menus in a step-by-step visual environment. It also features enhanced graphics interactivity with live animations, drag and drop rollovers, object masks (both vector and bitmap) and a new batch processing environment.
"Integrating the gold standard in reference materials into the Dreamweaver Platform was a natural fit," Lynch said. "With the fast pace of Web development, our customers need to be able to learn as they go. By integrating O'Reilly content directly within our products, we aim to help both emerging and experienced developers increase their productivity and enhance their personal skills."
Dreamweaver 4 is available stand-alone at $299, or bundled with Fireworks 4 in the Dreamweaver 4 Fireworks 4 Studio for $449. Fireworks is available stand-alone for $299. Both Dreamweaver and Fireworks customers can upgrade to the Dreamweaver 4 Fireworks 4 Studio for $199. UltraDev 4 is available stand-alone at $599 or bundled with Fireworks in the UltraD