Macromedia Studio 8 Now Available

The latest version of Macromedia's suite includes Dreamweaver 8, Flash Professional 8, Fireworks 8 and Flash Player 8.The bundle of tools for designing, developing and maintaining "interactive online experiences," as Macromedia puts it, also includes Contribute and FlashPaper. With this release, Macromedia continues its emphasis on helping its customers create content for multiple platforms. According to Stephen Elop, chief executive officer of Macromedia, "Studio 8 exemplifies our continued focus on delivering the best solutions for communicating rich information to global audiences across multiple mediums."

Particularly notable are the beefed up graphic abilities of Flash itself, providing improved graphics performance and new graphic effects capabilities. Michael Lebowitz, co-founder, Big Spaceship, points out that "In the past, effects like blurs, drop shadows and glows would have to be created in another program and imported into Flash. With Flash Professional 8, these effects can be applied directly, and in real-time, to objects and text. The results are reduced development time and smaller file size."

Macromedia Studio 8, Dreamweaver 8, Flash Professional 8, and Fireworks 8 can be purchased directly from the Macromedia site.