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Studio MX (Flash MX, Dreamweaver MX, Fireworks MX, Freehand 10, ColdFusion MX Developer Edition, Flash Player 6)

by Macromedia
Windows 98 / NT / 2000 / Me / XP
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Platform:   Windows 98 / NT / 2000 / Me / XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B000067AVB
  • Release Date: 17 Jun 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,779 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

Studio MX is the ideal bundle for professional Web designers, bringing together Dreamweaver MX for page design, Flash MX for animation and interactivity, and Fireworks MX for editing and optimizing graphics. You also get FreeHand 10, a full-featured vector image editor, and on Windows ColdFusion MX for dynamic web applications. There is no doubting the quality of the individual products. Dreamweaver MX is a visual web editor that generates highly compatible code, and also includes useful site management features. Flash MX is the de facto standard for web animation, containing rich multimedia content in remarkably compact files. Fireworks is a great tool for putting the finishing touches to existing graphics, adding text effects or other elements, and optimizing the results for web display. These three are the core Studio MX products, and the suite is excellent value for these alone.

Integration between the individual products is generally very good. It begins with the interface, which uses common elements such as dockable, collapsible panels and a dynamic property inspector, so that you can switch comfortably between products. On a technical level, the key feature is round-trip support. You can embed Fireworks graphics and Flash movies in Dreamweaver pages without losing any information, so that you can later reopen an element in its original application with all its features intact.

The MX range differs from earlier Macromedia products by targeting application development as well as design. For this you need to build on a web application server, such as the bundled ColdFusion MX, or one of the other supported platforms including ASP, ASP.Net, PHP, or any Java Enterprise Edition server. You can connect to databases through JDBC, OLEDB, or .Net data providers, depending on the server platform being used. Dreamweaver MX is more developer-friendly than previous versions, with an enhanced code editor incorporating many of the features of HomeSite, Macromedia's code-centric web page designer. Although ColdFusion MX has its own tag language, called ColdFusion Markup Language--it generates Java code that can be deployed on any of the leading Java application servers. This also enables Java developers to extend ColdFusion with custom tags and components. In effect, the combination of Dreamweaver and ColdFusion provides an easy way into dynamic, Java-based web development. As an alternative to ColdFusion, support for Microsoft.Net is a little less comprehensive, but still good, and includes visual designers for the key ASP.Net server-side controls.

Application development is not just a matter of server-side scripting. Flash MX also has potential as a rich client, with an interface driven by embedded Javascript. Through a technology called Flash Remoting, Flash MX has support for Web services, and the Studio bundle makes it relatively easy to set up ColdFusion to supply Web services, and Flash to consume them. While it may seem strange to think of Flash as a rich client moving beyond the Web page, it does make some sense when you consider that it is cross-platform and very widely deployed. In addition, ColdFusion itself can consume Web services hosted on other platforms. Taking everything together, Studio MX is an essential development tool for ColdFusion as well as a great bundle for any Web designer. --Tim Anderson

Manufacturer's Description

Macromedia Studio MX is an integrated suite of software tools for creating rich, Internet applications delivered across major platforms and devices. The collection includes Macromedia Flash MX, Dreamweaver MX, Fireworks MX, FreeHand, a developer edition of ColdFusion MX Server, and Flash Player 6.

Work in a familiar, customizable environment with consistent user interface elements, including colour management, drawing tools, code editing, a common Property Inspector, and panel management, all making it easy to move between the applications. Create each element of the Web production process including graphics, laying out HTML pages, coding application logic, building rich, user interfaces, and assembling complete solutions all in one suite.

Take advantage of drag-and-drop visual tools and components, code libraries, and extensive code editing support for developing applications using HTML, XHTML, XML, ColdFusion, ASP, ASP.NET, JSP, or PHP. Integration with ColdFusion MX gives you a fast way to develop Internet applications that incorporate Macromedia Flash. Support includes code samples and reference material to high-performance connectivity, common language support between Dreamweaver, Flash and ColdFusion, seamless integration with Flash components, and an integrated toolset for tying back-end logic with Flash user interfaces.

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant! 20 Jun 2002
By Dr.
Macromedia have managed to produce a bundle that it very much worth the money and delivers what one expects from the successor of Dreamweaver and Ultradev. The interface is intuitive and easy to navigate through, and design of web applications is effortless.The new "dockable" toolbars definitely make things less cluttered and easier to use. After having used Ultradev, Dreamweaver MX was easy to use and added more functionality to applications with seamless integration with Fireworks and Flash. The code is clean and easily understandable and editable too. Buy it! If you are using Frontpage it is time to ditch it and go the Dreamwever way. A word of caution, do not try and install it if you are running Norton Anti-Virus 2002, the install will crash. Unistall NAV first.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars w.y.s.i.w.y.g DreamweaverMX 6 April 2003
By A Customer
I have never used a web building programme before, yet with the help from a book I was able to design a website in 2 weeks, on and off. I have had no training in how to use a web building programme but Dreamweaver makes it so easy. I can recommend this as an all in one web site design suite to anyone who is contemplating desiging a website.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Studio MX Over-hyped 21 Jan 2004
Macromedia Studio MX has helped in creating websites but the best two applications are Fireworks and Flash. Dreamweaver is useful for novice users but coding using either HTML, JavaScript, Java or DHTML is better. Freehand is useless and is not the Industry standard compared to Adobe Illustrator although the package overall would benefit from including Director as part of it. My advice is buy Fireworks and Flash although also choose Dreamweaver if novice. Buy Adobe instead of Freehand.
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