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Macromedia has released Flex Builder; a new, integrated development environment (IDE) that the company says will streamline Flex application development. With the Flex Builder rollout, Macromedia hopes to provide momentum to its applications development initiative. The latest addition is to provide easier development using Flex. To further encourage Flex development, Macromedia is giving the IDE away for free with the download of a trial or full version of Flex. Since releasing Flex in March, a number of organizations have integrated its functionality with their systems. Companies like Lockheed Martin, PC Connection, and even the US Senate have begun using Flex, because of the added functionality it provides to their IT systems. Many skeptics who used Flex on a trial basis came to favor it over the native capabilities of traditional Web technology, says Macromedia.... (more)

ColdFusion Update: New Adobe.com Launched Using CFMX 7

"Others have already commented on Adobe.com's new look," writes Ben Forta (pictured left) in his latest blog. "It's clean," he continues, "The menus are intuitive. Downloads are all listed in one place. Shortcut URLs (try http://www.adobe.com/coldfusion for example). Products listed on the homepage is great. And there's more..." Forta, CF Evangelist Extaordinary, saves his pay-off punch for last: "But the best part of the new site? It's powered by ColdFusion, of course!" ... (more)

Wharton's "Spike" Intranet Moves to its Groundbreaking X Release

The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business, considered by many to have one of the best MBA programs anywhere, has been raising the interest of IT professionals for ten years. The student intranet created there - called "Spike" - has become one of the best known, and highly regarded. The latest version is dubbed Spike "X" and what has people excited are added features and interfaces that utilize very sophisticated technologies to provide students with access to customizable information. Spike X uses cutting-edge technology, like Macromedia's ColdFusion MX and Fl... (more)

ColdFusion MX 6.1 Updater is Available

Macromedia has released an updater for ColdFusion MX 6.1. When talks first surfaced about updates to ColdFusion, it was expected that ColdFusion MX 6.1 Updater would be a minor release, resolving bugs and security flaws. This is not the case with the updater Macromedia decided to release. Included are not only software and security fixes; but components that the company says will improve the application's functionality on a number of levels. Tim Buntel, Product Manager for ColdFusion, recommends all ColdF... (more)

Macromedia Previews Next ColdFusion and Flash Releases

As Macromedia's annual developer conference, MAX 2004, got underway in New Orleans yesterday, the company took the opportunity to stress how important great Web experiences are to users in forming opinions about Web sites. Macromedia also previewed several innovations that are under consideration for ColdFusion and its Flash Player. Rob Burgess, chairman and CEO of Macromedia, addressed those present, stressing Macromedia's devotion and desire to work alongside developers and customers in creating products. "Macromedia is excited to roll up its sleeves alongside our developers an... (more)