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Macromedia Studio Suite Brings Fireworks to Dreamweaver

When Macromedia's visual HTML authoring tool Dreamweaver 3 is released later this week, users will have the option of buying it in an application suite that integrates Dreamweaver's functionality with that of Fireworks, Macromedia's Web graphics development tool.

By combining the two applications into one suite, Macromedia will better meet the needs of the 70 to 80 percent of developers using the applications in tandem, according to Beth Davis, a spokesperson for Macromedia.

Part of Macromedia's (MACR's) strategy when developing Dreamweaver 3, Davis stated, was to enable better collaboration between applications used by Web developers, and better collaboration between developers working on the same file.

Dreamweaver 3's new features include "roundtrip" HTML coding capabilities, complete extensibility with other applications, an object pallet that enables the integration of Fireworks-based content, a fully customizable work environment, and a history pallet that allows certain steps to be redone and collections of steps to be saved as macro-like commands.

The Fireworks component of the suite features improved tools, better design functionality, and integration with other graphics packages, according to Davis. Users can insert work done in Fireworks into Dreamweaver, and can use Fireworks scripting to work on photos within Dreamweaver. The application also enables users to edit PhotoShop and other graphics in layers, and modify both vector and bitmap graphics, as well as a variety of other functions.

The Dreamweaver 3 Fireworks 3 Studio sells for $399. If purchased separately, Dreamweaver is priced at $299, Fireworks at $199. Upgrade are $129 and $99, respectively. Macromedia is offering users of one application the opportunity to upgrade both for $249. Davis believes most developers will be upgrading to the studio suite.

Thirty-day trial versions of Dreamweaver 3 Fireworks 3 Studio will be available for download from Macromedia's site later this week.



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