Macromedia has begun shipping its recently previewed line of MX products: Studio MX, Dreamweaver MX, ColdFusion MX and Fireworks MX.
Macromedia's MX products contain many new features, as well as supporting Mac OS X for the first time. In expanding the features of Dreamweaver, Macromedia has taken pieces of its other applications and integrated them into Dreamweaver MX. While the layout of Dreamweaver remains the same and will be familiar to long-time users, Macromedia has added the Web application development features of both Dreamweaver UltraDev and ColdFusion Studio, and the code editing support of HomeSite – available only as part of the company's Windows application before this release.
Fireworks MX will work with all major graphics formats and HTML editors. Users can share files across graphics applications, including Macromedia Flash and FreeHand, as well as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. You can create vector graphics for Flash, export SWF files and open graphics directly from within Flash. Plus, you can open, edit and export Photoshop graphics while retaining layers, masks and text properties.
Studio MX includes Dreamweaver MX; Flash MX, which shipped on March 4; Fireworks MX; FreeHand 10; and a developer edition of ColdFusion MX Server.
Macromedia Dreamweaver MX costs £299 plus VAT. Upgrades from previous versions of Dreamweaver, Dreamweaver UltraDev and ColdFusion Studio are £149. Macromedia Fireworks MX costs £219. Upgrades from previous versions of Fireworks are £109.