Fireworks MX increases design productivity, adds support for new features such as data-driven graphics

SYDNEY, Australia - April 30, 2002 - Macromedia, Inc. (Nasdaq: MACR) announced Macromedia Fireworks MX, the easiest way to create, optimise, and export interactive graphics in a single, web-centric environment. Fireworks MX is a key component in Macromedia Studio MX, which combines the latest versions of market-leading Macromedia tools to provide developers with a streamlined, integrated product family focused on increasing developer productivity and return on investment. A preview release of Fireworks MX is immediately available for download at http://www.macromedia.com/go/fwmxdl/.

Fireworks MX delivers a streamlined environment for creating everything from simple graphical buttons to sophisticated rollover effects. The new version simplifies navigation creation with easier pop-up menu creation and even more control. Users can deliver both horizontal and vertical JavaScript pop-up menus that work with tabbed button bar appearances and other creative layouts, and pop-up menu attributes are all customisable including spacing, borders, and colour shading. Wizards enable users to quickly create sophisticated web navigation by automatically generating the graphics and JavaScript.

"The Macromedia MX tool kit is a set of complementary technologies that enable rich, intuitive applications for Fujitsu customers", said Rodney Hobbs, principal consultant, Fujitsu. "We are very excited about Fireworks MX as this application will truly enhance the solutions that we offer our customers."

Fireworks MX can automatically generate data-driven graphics by dynamically linking to XML content as well as automate repetitive graphics creation by connecting a graphic file with variables to an XML file. Fireworks MX also features support for XHTML and accessibility, through the ability to ensure the accompanying XHTML is Section 508 compliant. Fireworks MX features Roundtrip XHTML with Macromedia Dreamweaver MX.

The product also simplifies the intelligent exporting of graphics and HTML to leading applications with a single click, automatically outputting the specific file formats required for Macromedia Flash MX, Dreamweaver MX, Macromedia FreeHand, Macromedia Director, and third-party products. For a complete list of new features in Macromedia Fireworks MX, visit http://www.macromedia.com/go/fwmxnew/.

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

Macromedia Fireworks MX, priced at AUD$749, is expected to ship in May. Upgrades from previous versions of Fireworks are AUD$379. Fireworks MX is also included as part of Macromedia Studio MX, also expected to ship in May. Fireworks MX will be available in English in May; with Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish available at a later date.

Macromedia Studio MX includes Macromedia Dreamweaver MX, Macromedia Flash MX, Macromedia Fireworks MX, Macromedia FreeHand 10, and a developer edition of Macromedia ColdFusion MX. The studio, with introductory pricing of AUD$1999, is expected to ship in May. For more information, visit http://www.macromedia.com/go/studiomx/.

ABOUT MACROMEDIA

Macromedia (www.macromedia.com/ap) empowers millions of designers and developers to create effective user experiences across the widest array of platforms and devices. Through an open, integrated family of client, tool, and server technologies, Macromedia is driving a new generation of rich Internet applications that will radically improve the Internet experience.

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