Macromedia Studio MX 2004

Macromedia Studio MX 2004

Summary: Macromedia has updated its Web developer's suite: we review the key elements -- Flash, Fireworks and Dreamweaver.

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Last year, Macromedia impressed us with a high-calibre suite of Web-design, content-management, graphics-creation and site-building tools called Studio MX. This year, the dream package gets a face-lift.

The all-in-one Web design suite bundles Dreamweaver MX 2004, Fireworks MX 2004, Macromedia Flash MX 2004 (or a brand-new offering, Flash MX 2004 Professional), FreeHand MX and ColdFusion MX 6.1 Developer Edition. Of those, only FreeHand MX is not new. Individually, each program costs several hundred dollars, but Studio MX supplies them all for $899 (~£571; the product will ship in September).

We've reviewed the big three -- Flash, Fireworks and Dreamweaver. Whether you're ready to start your Web development career or improve your existing projects, there's definitely something here for everyone.

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  • I was thinking of buying Dreamweaver mx 2004 for my web design but you say it is a over kill for casual users can you suggest another as I only do my own web and want a easy to use program that is not sufisticates and easy to use

    Derek
    anonymous
  • It depends on what kind of business you are setting up. If you are setting up a web design business, I would say "go for it, no problem" but if it is just to create an internet presence, I would look at something like Frontpage.
    anonymous