New release brings unprecedented productivity to the J2EE platform

SYDNEY, Australia – 8 January 2003 - Macromedia, Inc. (Nasdaq: MACR) announced the immediate availability of Macromedia ColdFusion MX for BEA WebLogic Server. Macromedia ColdFusion MX, the rapid server scripting environment for creating rich Internet applications, brings the proven ease of use and productivity of ColdFusion to the highly scalable, standards-based Java technology architecture offered by BEA Systems. Macromedia ColdFusion MX for BEA WebLogic Server is available for immediate download from the Macromedia Online Store at http://www.macromedia.com/go/cfmxbea/.

Macromedia ColdFusion MX for BEA WebLogic Server is part of the ColdFusion MX for J2EE Application Servers product line. Designed to enable developers to construct rich Internet applications and web services applications using high-level scripting, ColdFusion MX can dramatically increase development productivity and lower costs across IT organisations. Both experienced Java developers and web application developers without Java programming skills can easily leverage ColdFusion MX to build and deploy applications on the BEA WebLogic Enterprise Platform faster than ever before. A trial download of Macromedia ColdFusion MX for BEA WebLogic Server is available at http://www.macromedia.com/go/cfmxbea/.

"Thousands of customers rely on the standards-based BEA WebLogic Enterprise Platform because of its proven performance and reliability," said Andrew Littlefield, senior director of product management, BEA Systems. "With the productivity benefits of ColdFusion scripting, WebLogic customers can reap even greater returns from their investment in BEA WebLogic."

"Macromedia ColdFusion MX can bring the ease of use and productivity of ColdFusion to this industry leading Java platform," said Jeff Whatcott, senior

director, Macromedia. "This release expands the reach of ColdFusion MX technology and offers customers a way to further leverage their investments in the BEA WebLogic Enterprise Platform while benefiting from the rapid development capabilities of ColdFusion MX."

Deployed as a standard Java application, ColdFusion MX for BEA WebLogic Server can provide a robust productivity layer that enables development organisations to better leverage their investments in J2EE infrastructure. Using high-level ColdFusion scripting, built-in services, and seamless integration with the Java platform, ColdFusion MX can provide a fast track to J2EE for developers who already know ASP, CFML, PHP, or other scripting languages. By adding rapid server scripting to their J2EE environment, organisations can empower non-Java developers to tightly collaborate with Java developers to deliver integrated, standards-based rich Internet applications while reducing costs and development time.

"Because ColdFusion MX is very easy to learn, developers of all backgrounds can quickly ramp up to participate in J2EE projects," said Sue Aldrich, senior vice president and senior consultant, Patricia Seybold Group. "Macromedia ColdFusion MX for J2EE helps organisations investing in J2EE to reduce costs and deliver results significantly faster than achieved by using Java alone for application development."

"By combining the scalability and security of BEA WebLogic Application Server with the productivity of ColdFusion, we can rapidly build and deploy applications that are reliable, standards-based, and incredibly flexible," said Todd Peters, president, PaperThin, Inc., a Macromedia Alliance partner. "ColdFusion MX for WebLogic functions as a productivity layer on top of J2EE and now everything we love about J2EE - integration, portability, and security - is married with the rapid development and ease of use of ColdFusion."

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

ColdFusion MX for BEA WebLogic Server, RRP AUD$6795 inc. GST per processor, is available for immediate download from the Macromedia Online Store (www.macromedia.com/store/). Education, government, and volume licensing is available. For more information, visit http://www.macromedia.com/go/cfmx/.