SYDNEY, Australia - 18 December 2002 - Macromedia, Inc. (Nasdaq: MACR) announced the immediate availability of Macromedia Director MX, the most powerful multimedia authoring environment for building high-end, rich, interactive content and applications deployed on CD/DVD-ROM, kiosks, and the web (via Macromedia Shockwave Player). Macromedia Director MX includes seamless, comprehensive integration with Macromedia Flash MX, adoption of the streamlined Macromedia MX user interface, Mac OS X support, major new workflow efficiencies, and the ability to create accessible content so that rich Director presentations can be enjoyed by people with disabilities. Macromedia Director MX is available, for purchase or upgrade, today from the Macromedia Online Store at

"Macromedia Director MX is a major new version of a flagship product that has enabled unique solutions to business communication challenges for more than a decade," said Norm Meyrowitz, president of products, Macromedia. "Director provides a flexible, robust, and mature toolset that developers continue to depend on when they want to deliver the most compelling, interactive experiences both online and offline."

Macromedia Director MX enables users to author content once and deliver it anywhere, whether it is online or offline. Director MX supports most major video, audio, bitmap, 3D, and vector formats to give developers the broadest range of materials from which to deliver professional strength multimedia content and applications. The performance, media handling, and extensibility of Director MX are designed to handle data deployed to fixed media, as it quickly loads and unloads data into system memory for optimal playback of large CD/DVD-ROM or kiosk-based files.

"With Macromedia Director MX, we have been able to help clients such as LEGO and National Geographic take advantage of this cost-effective development and delivery system for their online content and marketing needs," said Peter Mack, president and founder, Templar Studios LLC. "Also, kids everywhere are able to enjoy our web games because games created with Director MX are easy to download and install, without compromising on graphics, audio, and gameplay."

Director MX enables users to launch and edit Macromedia Flash files from within Director to make quick content changes, and also gives developers direct control over Macromedia Flash MX content through Lingo. Director MX is integrated with Macromedia Flash server technologies, including Macromedia Flash Remoting, to enable a secure, high performance connection between Macromedia ColdFusion MX and Shockwave Player. Director MX integration with Macromedia Flash Communication Server MX supports multi-user games, streaming Macromedia Flash video, and real-time collaboration. Director MX will ship with a copy of Macromedia Flash Communication Server MX, Personal Edition. For more detailed information on new features in Director MX, go to


Macromedia Director MX is available for immediate download from the Macromedia Online store ( and is priced at AUD$2699 (ERP inc GST) for new users, and AUD$899 for users upgrading from versions 8.0 or 8.5, with educational pricing at AUD$1149. Government and corporate volume licensing will also be available. Director MX is available for Mac OS X 10.1 or higher, and for Windows 98 SE, Windows 2000, or Windows XP. Localised versions for French, German, and Japanese will be available at a later date.


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