New version runs on Java platform and Microsoft .NET Framework, optimised for XML, web services, and rich Internet applications

SYDNEY, Australia - April 30, 2002 - Macromedia, Inc. (Nasdaq: MACR) announced Macromedia ColdFusion MX, the rapid server scripting environment for creating rich Internet applications. Macromedia ColdFusion MX, previously code-named "Neo," brings the proven ease of use and productivity of ColdFusion to the highly scalable, standards-based Java technology architecture. ColdFusion MX offers innovations for creating rich Internet applications and working with XML, web services, and the Microsoft .NET Framework. A preview release of Macromedia ColdFusion MX is immediately available at http://www.macromedia.com/go/cfmxdl/.

"ColdFusion MX defines a new role for ColdFusion in the enterprise. With ColdFusion MX, we're making it incredibly easy for mainstream developers to create rich Internet applications and use XML and web services," said Jeremy Allaire, chief technology officer, Macromedia. "The new standards-based architecture and breakthrough ease of use for web services mean customers can harness the proven productivity of ColdFusion to enhance the return on their investments in Java and .NET Framework infrastructures."

ColdFusion MX is built on a breakthrough new architecture that delivers the scalability, reliability, and power of the Java platform without the complexity. Customers can deploy ColdFusion MX as a standalone server or on top of Java application servers, such as IBM WebSphere Application Server and Sun ONE Application Server. As a result, organisations can use the proven productivity of ColdFusion to accelerate development projects with confidence that their applications can run on the industry’s most powerful infrastructure. ColdFusion MX has already been embraced by Macromedia Alliance partners. For details of new features in ColdFusion MX, visit http://www.macromedia.com/go/cfmxnew/.

"With its push for rich Internet applications and support for leading industry technologies in ColdFusion MX, Macromedia is taking the lead in enabling rapid, robust server-side development," said Gordon Benett, senior research analyst, Internet infrastructure, Aberdeen. "Macromedia ColdFusion MX builds on the openness of the standards-based J2EE architecture, while enhancing developer productivity through tag-based support for XML, components, and web services."

"We have employed the entire Macromedia MX product family in the development and deployment of rich media website applications for our clients. Not only have these tools removed many of the development barriers normally associated with rich media development, but the seamless integration of Macromedia Flash MX, ColdFusion MX, Dreamweaver MX and Fireworks MX allows you to build the applications you want, rather than compromising and accepting second best. Once again, Macromedia redefines the production workflow of Internet development" said Tony Redhead, director, Red Square, Internet design and development company.

Macromedia Dreamweaver MX offers complete support for ColdFusion MX features including enhanced code editing and development capabilities, integrated debugging, and powerful visual layout and prototyping. The comprehensive integration between ColdFusion MX and Dreamweaver MX offers developers unprecedented productivity in building ColdFusion applications.

Using the revolutionary new ColdFusion Components capability of ColdFusion MX, developers can easily encapsulate and reuse code to create well-structured applications that can be automatically accessed as web services or as remote services for Macromedia Flash clients using the integrated Macromedia Flash Remoting service.

The new Macromedia Flash Remoting enables ColdFusion developers to easily deliver remote services to Macromedia Flash clients. Using ColdFusion Components or the new support for server-side ActionScript, developers familiar with ColdFusion or Macromedia Flash can easily create applications that combine the responsiveness and functionality of client/server applications with the reach and low cost deployment of the Internet. Included as a native service within ColdFusion MX, Macromedia Flash Remoting also supports connecting Macromedia Flash Player clients directly to both the Microsoft .NET Framework and J2EE components.

Macromedia ColdFusion MX is an integral member of the new Macromedia MX product family which also includes Macromedia Flash MX and Dreamweaver MX. The Macromedia MX product family provides the best way to create and deploy rich Internet applications across leading platforms and devices.

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

The ColdFusion MX family comprises two product lines. The ColdFusion MX Server line is expected to ship in June and a preview release is immediately available for download. Pricing for ColdFusion MX Server Professional Edition is AUD$1695 per server, with upgrades at AUD$1150; ColdFusion MX Enterprise Edition is AUD$10395 per server, with upgrades at AUD$5195. The ColdFusion MX Server line is specifically architected to integrate with the Microsoft .NET Framework. The ColdFusion MX for J2EE Application Servers product line is priced at AUD$6995 per processor. Optimised versions of ColdFusion MX for Macromedia JRun, IBM WebSphere Application Server, and Sun ONE Application Server are expected to ship in the third calendar quarter of 2002. ColdFusion MX for BEA WebLogic Server is expected to ship later this year. Education, government, and volume licensing is available.

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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