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Macromedia, Release Software Sign E-Distribution Pact

Macromedia and Release Software announced today the companies have entered into an Electronic Software Distribution (ESD) agreement.

Release Software, which distributes and markets software sold on the Internet, will provide ESD packaging, security technology, and Electronic License Clearinghouse services for Macromedia software distributed via the Net.

Macromedia's Dreamweaver Web site creation tool will be one of the first products made available under the new distribution agreement. Users will be able to download a 30-day evaluation copy of the product and pay for it over the Internet with Release's License Clearinghouse.

Other ESD-enabled software available for download include Flash 2, the FreeHand Animation Power Pack, and other products designed to add functionality to Macromedia's Director and Authorware.

Release currently collaborates with 200 software publishers--including Symantec, CUC Software, Lotus, Intuit, Computer Associates, Hewlett-Packard, Philips, and Netscape--and distributes over 3,000 software titles through its distribution network.