newest offering, Studio MX 2004, contains all new versions of Dreamweaver
MX, Flash MX, Fireworks MX, and Cold Fusion MX, as well as FreeHand
MX, released earlier this year in Studio MX Plus. All of these
applications have a new sleek appearance, and new creative features.
Released in two versions, you can choose Studio MX 2004 (including
Flash) or Studio MX 2004 with Flash Professional, a more robust
version of Flash, for data-driven applications, interactive presentations,
and high-quality video. A new version of the Flash Player, Flash
Player 7, is included with either package, and for free download
at Macromedia so everyone can enjoy the new Flash features.
Long the leader in web-related applications, Macromedia raises
the bar yet again with even more advances in cross-application
compatibility. Working with Dreamweaver, Flash, and Fireworks
together to create a complete multimedia site was never easier.
Enhance your productivity with customizable workspaces and the
improved and expanded property inspector.
New enhancements to the property inspector put even more of
the options for the tools you need right at your fingertips.
CSS is now integrated into Dreamweaver, making sleek CSS sites
a real joy to create. Attributes like bold or italic type are
now rendered in CSS, rather than with font tags.
One of the big changes in the 2004 suite is the activation scheme
and was also one of the most discussed. I found it to be a relatively
painless process, taking only a few seconds and then I was on
my way. To be fair I do have DSL so I didn't have to wait for
a modem to dial up and call in to Macromedia, but I can't imagine
that once you are connected the process is any different than
what I experienced. The EULA (End User License Agreement) is
more flexible than before allowing for installation and activation
on a desktop and laptop both owned by the primary user providing
the programs are not used simultaneously. Read the specifics
of the EULA here.
The install and activation for my laptop went just as smoothly
as for the desktop machine. This doesn't mean I'm in favor of
activation. I am thinking of replacing this machine and that
will mean a call to Macromedia. I guess we will cross that bridge
when we get to it.
Collapsible panels for more working room
Customizable panels are in all of the new programs. You can
easily group, ungroup, dock or float panels. Each panel or panel
group can be collapsed or expanded depending on your needs to
save space. Even the panel bar on the right side of the application
window can be completely collapsed to give you more working area.
All applications in the suite have the new Start Page (except
Freehand MX, which is not a new version but the one that was
included in Studio MX Plus). From the Start Page, you can access
last used documents, start new projects, choose a template, access
Macromedia Exchange, and many other things. The Start Page appears
whenever you don't have a document open. It can be turned off
600 MHz Intel Pentium III processor or equivalent
Windows 98SE, Windows 2000, or Windows XP
256 MB Ram (512 recommended)
800 MB available disk space
500 MHz Power PC G3 Processor
Mac OS 10.2.6
256 MB Ram (512 recommended)
500 MB available disk space
Prices are listed on the Macromedia page. There are various
prices depending on whether you are buying the full, academic,
or an upgrade version, or from an eligible product. Find
pricing and ordering information here. As always you can
also purchase individual products.
Download trials of Macromedia Studio MX 2004 here.
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