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Studio MX Plus Student Boxed Edition Win

by Macromedia
Windows 98 / NT / 2000 / Me / XP
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Integrated suite of software tools for creating rich, Internet applications
  • Work in a familiar, customizable environment
  • Includes Flash MX, Dreamweaver MX, Fireworks MX, FreeHand and a developer edition of ColdFusion MX Server
  • Create each element of the Web production process
  • Use pre-coded HTML objects, Flash components, and templates
  • Note: Applicable for UK students only and can only be ordered from UK addresses

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 98 / NT / 2000 / Me / XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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Product details

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  • ASIN: B00009M2T1
  • Release Date: 23 May 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,309 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 optimising 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 optimising 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, 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. Use pre-coded HTML objects, Flash components, and complete templates to create or customize the Web solution that best suits your needs. Download additional templates, components and extensions, or write your own to increase functionality. You can even install third-party add-ons and a full documented set of APIs letting you customize and enhance all the products in Macromedia Studio MX.

Eligibility: This bundle is available to all students enrolled in a school, college or university, on a full-time or part-time basis, attending courses that award qualifications recognised by the Department of Education & Employment in the UK and the Department of Education in Ireland. The bundle is also available to all teachers teaching in schools, colleges or universities.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value 5 Jun 2003
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Studio MX contains two of the best web applications that are used today. Dreamweaver MX and Flash MX are worth the money alone. This makes the contents of this package even more great value because it also contains Fireworks MX, Freehand MX and a developer version of ColdFusion MX server.
This could cause the problem of 'program information overload' if you are new to new web development. The package comes with a getting started manual on each program for those who find they have this problem. Although still expect a sharp learning curve.
To my surprise the package came with the CD, unlike many educational versions where you have to send away, with no forms to fill in your can start designing webpages straight away. There are strict licensing rules, the main one being you can't upgrade any single program on its own. However, the programs such last you a good few years without the need to upgrade.
With the new low price (grrrrr) at Amazon this offers great value for students and those working in the educational sector.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My GOD you have not bought this yet! 22 Aug 2003
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When ever I write a web page i always use this! it is the ultimate package.
dreamwaver, this is a complex program with a very easy to use interface. the interface makes this program easy to use. when I created my web site i used ASP. So in dreamweaver i created a template using the wysiwyg view, then when i creat a new page i pull up the template add me ASP code in the code view. the code view high lights the code in cirtain colours even the ASP code!! making it easier to read whats there.
FireWorks, for altering your graphics. i have o admit i am not a graphical person, but i was able to use this program t edit some good pics for my site
I only really use these 2 tool but it also includes
Flash, allows you to create some cool looking web site, with animation and sound. it also has its own scripting langauge to allow the site to react to the person browsing it
FreeHand, this is an another graphics editotr, but i have not touched this at all
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