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    1. Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004
    $699.99 $149.95 list($799.99)
    2. Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003
    $149.99 $69.98 list($199.00)
    3. Microsoft FrontPage 2003
    $969.99 $299.95 list($999.00)
    4. Studio MX 2004 with Flash
    $69.99 list($109.99)
    5. Microsoft FrontPage 2003 Upgrade
    $479.99 $149.95 list($549.99)
    6. Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003
    $149.99 $148.34
    7. Macromedia Contribute 3.0
    $484.99 $349.90 list($499.00)
    8. Flash MX 2004
    $689.99 $375.00 list($699.00)
    9. Flash MX Professional 2004
    $1,289.99 $1,276.50 list()
    10. Allaire COLDFUSION MX 7 STANDARD
    $179.99 $100.00 list($199.99)
    11. NetObjects Fusion 8
    $869.99 $411.00 list($899.00)
    12. Macromedia Studio MX 2004
    $299.00 $282.95
    13. Flash MX Professional 2004 Upgrade
    $169.00
    14. Adobe GoLive CS2 Upgrade (Mac)
    $294.99 $212.00 list($299.00)
    15. Fireworks MX 2004
    $479.99 $399.00 list($499.99)
    16. Macromedia Captivate
    $189.99 $179.99 list($199.00)
    17. Dreamweaver MX 2004 Upgrade from
    $169.00
    18. Adobe GoLive CS2 Upgrade
    $74.99 $68.54 list($99.99)
    19. Namo Web Editor 6 Suite
    $579.99 $335.94 list($599.00)
    20. Studio MX 2004 with Flash Pro

    1. Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004
    list price: $399.00
    our price: $387.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000CAV4Q
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Macromedia
    Sales Rank: 453
    Average Customer Review: 2.55 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • The professional choice for building web sites and applications
    • A powerful combination of visual layout tools, application development features, and code editing support
    • Developers and designers can create appealing, standards-based sites and applications quickly
    • Developers can use it with the server technology of their choice to build powerful Internet applications
    • Includes leading support for CSS-based design to hand-coding features

    Reviews (29)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Does things right
    I've been a Dreamweaver devotee since version 3. It was the first visual editor I felt comfortable with after doing hand-coding for many years. I thought it was time to give myself a break and just layout pages visually - a process I've become very accustomed to over the past, oh, five years.

    I purchased MXStudio 2004 because I wanted to learn Flash and to get a new version of Fireworks - those alone were probably worth my $200. The Mac OS X version of Dreamweaver, however, is absolutely horrific. It's slower than Classic, slower than MX... it's just impossibly slow. In testing, I've found a web page to take 8 seconds from double-clicking it to being able to edit it. Resizing a window takes 2.5 seconds on average. This is all on a fairly quick iMac G4 running at 800MHz, with Mac OS X 10.3.2, the newest version of the operating system, installed.

    The new features are nice - pasting in styled text from MS Word is extremely handy when many of your clients use that program (like mine). This is the first Mac OS X-native version of Dreamweaver I've used, so not starting up Classic is a huge benefit.

    If Macromedia can figure out where the sluggishness is happening (and actually fix it!) , I'd be a much happier web designer. I just want a quick WYSIWYG web page editor that supports CSS well (Dreamweaver always has); the lack of speed with which this program carries out its tasks is seriously detrimental to my productivity, though. Doing a series of copying and pasting in notes from Word to Dreamweaver is just dog-slow... and it's not because Word is lagging on me.

    Wait for an update, then see if things are better.

    Edit: an update, 7.0.1, is now available. Macromedia touts it as the biggest incremental update to a program ever. I have to say it really does speed up the process. The program doesn't feel as lithe as shareware Cocoa programs designed for one app, but I doubt it would ever feel quite that good.

    Overall, this update easily ups my score 1 star, and more likely, 1 and a half stars. Since we can't rate my half stars, I'm going to go out on a limb and increase my rating from its previous 2 stars to 4, because Macromedia seems to have tried so hard - and really delivered the goods with this update.

    4-0 out of 5 stars I use it for professional and personal use.
    I owned Dreamweaver MX, and then bought MX 2004. Overall I'm glad I did, but I could see how some people might not need to upgrade. I mostly like the changes in CSS. It's added some wysiwyg functionally for certain CSS stuff. It does seem slower to load though. I run it on a 1.0GHz Pentium M Tablet PC with 512 MB of RAM and it takes a bit to come up but after it does performance is fine. Then it also takes a while to close. I really enjoy using macromedia though and would DEFINITELY recommend it over Frontpage which I used before I switched a couple years ago.

    Also, I noticed some people complained that MX 2004 takes a REALLY long time to load. I might add taht 7.0 was the original version released and then they released an upgrade to version 7.1 for free (that you can get at macromedia.com) and it is supposed to improve "overall performance and stability" according to macromedia, but the version I bought came with v 7.1 so I never experienced 7.0. This could make a difference though.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Upgrade? What upgrade? Just problems
    Upgrade? What upgrade? The older versions were much better than this one. This new version runs very slowly, adds redundant and unneeded tags and crashes more often than Windows 98!
    Please just don't buy this product, don't waste your money.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Upgrade, but . . .
    I'm one of those people who tends to upgrade their more expensive software every other versaion rather than every one. That being said I've used both DreamWeaver 2 and 4, but never MX (5).

    I didn't notice a lot of improvement in version 4 over 2, so I wasn't that anxious to do the upgrade. But I have to say that I love MX 2004! I won't go into an extensive list of things that I can do in this one that I couldn't before, but suffice it to say, there are a lot of them.

    The biggest improvements to me are the more integrated workplace and the ditching of the floating palets. I hated the floating palets! I used the drop-down menues instead because they bugged me so much! I also love the improved FTP/Site Management interface. Secure FTP, people!

    The tool is slick and powerfull. Well worth the cost to upgraders. The bad thing: It doesn't like my Amazon Associates code! It tags them as invalid HTML and ignores them when it uploads the site. As a result, I still have to edit those pages in FrontPage and uplaod the site using a traditional FTP client. Not good (this is why it only gets 4 stars).

    Also, in the next version Macormedia should add an "as you go" spell checker or at least put a button for spell check on one of the button bars. This is another thing I use FrontPage for. I edit my more text intensive pages in FP and then import them into Dreamweaver.

    Don't waste your money on the full suite, though. With the exception of DreamWeaver, none of them are worth the money. I'm glad I qualified for the Academic version (and discount).

    The tools are overrated and over priced. If you're a web designer there are free or inexpensive tools that do what you need from Freehand and Fireworx. (I am no fan of Microsoft, but after trying several tooks, I do most of my web photo editing in Picture It!) The one feature I use from Fireworx is the button creator. The rest of it's extranious. Flash may look nice, but it slows your site down too much for my taste. I almost always skip the Flash animation when I visit a website.

    Bottom line -- Buy DreamWeaver, but skip the suite.

    This is a review if the PC version.

    1-0 out of 5 stars buggy
    I used earlier generations of Dreamweaver for years for Website design and maintenance. I was a fan, including of MX. But when we upgraded to MX 2004, a lot of things that worked fine before no longer did. Graphics move around on the page for reasons you can't figure out, links sometimes work and sometimes don't, keyboard commands sometimes work and sometimes don't, even the cursor jumps around for weird reasons that you can never figure out, etc., etc., etc... I've never thought I'd say this, but i'm ready to try FrontPage. Or whatever else is out there. But best, if you have an earlier generation of Dreamweaver, I'd recommend sticking with it and not "upgrading" to this. ... Read more


    2. Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 Professional Special Edition
    list price: $799.99
    our price: $699.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002UECTI
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft Software
    Sales Rank: 789
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    3. Microsoft FrontPage 2003
    list price: $199.00
    our price: $149.99
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    Asin: B0000AZJV8
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 76
    Average Customer Review: 3.83 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Professional design, authoring, data, and publishing tools to create sophisticated Web sites
    • New layout and graphics tools make it easier to design exactly the site you want
    • Design tools to generate better code, or expand your code skills
    • With professional coding tools, write code faster, more efficiently, and with greater accuracy
    • Enhanced publishing features and options help get your Web pages online more quickly

    Reviews (12)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Too darned easy to use!
    The new edition of FrontPage has the same ease of use as previous editions, with improvements in advanced features and more standard HTML code than previous versions, which would often create some strange items when you used the WYSIWYG editor. It's so easy to use, I have a tough time weaning myself off of FrontPage and getting into Macromedia, which has some advantages for the webdesigner. Thing is, I am an amateur web designer, so I don't have time to get totally educated in the more advanced features. FrontPage is just too darned easy to use.

    But why is that a problem with FrontPage? It handles CSS well, and the editor is darned easy to use, far easier than Macromedia Studio MX. But if your ISP server doesn't employ Frontpage Extensions (and many of them don't) then uploading pages created in Frontpage can be difficult if not impossible. However, for the average user, I have to say that FrontPage is the web designer of choice. It's far easier to get running than Macromedia, which really is not intuitive. FrontPage is intuitive, and most people will have excellent success right out of the box. Just watch out for the extension support when you choose a web space provider.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the aspiring website designer on a budget
    Frontpage has gotten noses turned up at it by many website developers for years. Frontpage 2003 is sure to make many rethink this Microsoft Product.

    I've been using FrontPage since version 3 and this is by far the best version. Even if you have Frontpage 2000 or 2002 (which I uprgraded to prior)you will see the dramatic differences in this version. It is a professional website development tool (finally).

    Slap two monitors to your computer and vola...you can see code and your design mode at the same time (or if you have one monitor you can just 'split' between design and code modes.

    And if anyone still believes that FrontPage dumps in 'useless code' like it did in versions a long time ago...think again. Not only has then been stopped since version 2000, but now you can 'clean' your code.

    It's a great version for those of us who don't want to spend hundreds (or thousands) of dollars on other design programs that FrontPage can do equally as well.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Microsoft Frontpage 2003
    hi ,
    I Pradeep realy like your new edition for Microsoft Frontpage 2003

    4-0 out of 5 stars Frontpage 2003 vs. 2000
    I am not a computer idiot. I know my way around Microsoft Publisher, Word, and Excel (that is to say I can get what I want out of them). However, when it came to FrontPage 2000 I found I was a bit out of my league. Not well conversant in HTML or XML (web page languages), I found myself dismayed. MS Publisher has web page creation that I found simple and easy to use, it just lacked all the nifty bells and whistles I really needed to make my site rock. So...the problems I had with FrontPage 2000 seem to have disappeared with the 2003 version. It's much easier to use (not as easy as Publisher), but I have found it to be a great improvement over the 2000 version.

    So far, I have only run into one major problem (major for me). I used to be able to insert a drop-down boxes, I find that I am no longer able to do that. It's probably my problem since I haven't purchased a 1,000 page book describing where they have moved it to (the upgrade only comes with a 27 page book that isn't all that helpful to me.

    As for being able to place, display, and organize my page...its loads better than the 2000 version.

    Now, if only I could figure out how to get it to find my old clip art...;)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Service from Amazon.
    I recently purchased 'Frontpage 2003'(the first software item from Amazon) & it came in well packed Amazon box, in original MS sealed box & well before estimataed delivery time (free delivery). I bought other software items from different other websites before & my experience with them had been poor viz.tamperd box seal,handled installation CDs with finger prints, delayed delivery etc etc.
    I have been a regular internet shopper for last 5 years & it's been wonderful experience with Amazon.com for every single order that I placed with Amazon. Quality service & low prices at Amazon are certainly 'UNMATCHED'. I would stick to Amazon for future purchases & recommend same to other serious buyers. ... Read more


    4. Studio MX 2004 with Flash
    list price: $999.00
    our price: $969.99
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    Asin: B0000CAVVI
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Macromedia
    Sales Rank: 933
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Create data-driven applications and high quality video experiences
    • Includes all features in Flash MX 2004, and more
    • Robust development environment to build effective, data-driven applications
    • Professional video capabilities delivers high quality video integrating with Apple FinalCut Pro, Avid Express, Adobe Premier and more
    • Device deployment streamlines production of content for mobile phones, PDAs, and other devices

    Reviews (4)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Going downhill
    I have been using Macromedia Products since version 2 of Dreamweaver. I have a thorough knowledge of Dreamweaver and Fireworks. I have a bit less of Flash yet I do use it from time to time to create flash elements in sites that are primarily driven by html or xhtml code. I don't use Freehand because I think it is perhaps the most poorly implemented of all illustration programs bar none. I have always hoped that Macromedia would take Freehand seriously... and till this day I am still hoping.

    Regarding the software...

    Dreamweaver is by far the most popular web development software on the planet. In fact it has more users than all other web development platforms combined. This is a definite strength since you are able to find a tremendous amount of help around the Internet and in book stores.

    Dreamweaver is still very good at what it does, however it has gone downhill with this most recent release (yes, I have installed the newest updater which does improve the software to a degree). The problems with the software are many. Macromedia has sacrificed a nice usable and professional interface for this 'flowery' looking gradient mess. Oh... it's pretty alright. The problem is I'm trying to get work done! The previous versions of the Studio have a much more professional interface. The program seems taxing to the system no matter how powerful your processor or how much ram you have. It also seems to have screen redraw issues. This is especially true when designing forms. Why that is... I have no idea. The way the program handles CSS is quirky at best. You need to basically go thru and make all these changes to the default behavior it is shipped with in order to get it to work and write CSS in an external style sheet else it will be written to the head of the current document (How stupid is that?). Macromedia should have used the Define Site Dialog box and asked developers if they wanted to create a CSS based site or used the older HTML methods. If a person chose CSS the program should have required them to enter the name of an external style sheet that all CSS would be written to by default. Then when using the property inspector, any changes to the design code would automatically be written to the external style sheet and not to the head or body of the document. It definately needs drastic improvement if it will ever be at the level of other Professional CSS coding software (think TopStyle Pro).

    Another issue with Dreamweaver that I have is with its lack of ability to support a dual monitor configuration without major bugs, headaches, and screen redraw issues. I know many developers that have gone over to the dual monitor approach to development because of a tremendously improved work flow. YOu could have the design Window in one monitor and the code window in the other (Go to Window -- Code Inspector -- or hit F10). Once the code inspector is open, you can drag it over to the second monitor and thus develop both visually and with code. However, the newest DW version has some serious issues when you do this. First of all, you can't maximize the code window... so you have to manually drag one corner and size it yourself. The other is when you are between documents and have no current document open. The program seems like it just wants to crash, drawing and redrawing the entire interace. 'What in the world is going on here?' is the question that comes to mind minus profanities!

    Flash has improved and is more powerful than previous version being more 'coder friendly' and allowing flash apps to be built using a forms based approach although I think they made a big mistake in making two versions of the software. It just confuses people and now is harder to share work within a team unless everybody is using the exact same version! Bad decision Macromedia.

    Fireworks is probably the program in the group that deserves the highest honors. It is tops in the field of web graphics and functionality. I put it over Photoshop/ImageReady because it is specifically designed for the web whereas Photoshop is trying to be all things to all people. And to people who need that functionality, Photoshop is King! However, Fireworks is significantly easier to learn and use than PS. It will do anything you could possibly want in creating web graphics and eliminates all the functions that a print designer needs. Fireworks is for the web... not print. If that is acceptable for your work load.... use it!

    Freehand is dead at this point in my eyes. Illustrator and Coreldraw are both vastly superior in usability and power. Freehand is a clunky and bug ridden program that does poorly what Illustrator does masterfully! Evidently Freehand has also taken a back seat in the eyes of Macromedia too. Freehand has always been delivered much later than the rest of the Studio. Even to this day in June of 2004, Freehand is still one version behind the rest of the software even though the MX 2004 Studio has been released for nearly a year (August 2003)! Some have argued that Macromedia purposely delays Freehand so that they can make more money off the developers who have already bought the current Studio and then need to purchase an upgrade to the latest Freehand. So perhaps this is a marketing ploy used in order to make more money. My opinion is that they will make more money if they improve their software, eliminate bugs, drop the 'flowerly' interace, and release the Studio as one release for both Mac and Windows (This means no 'pro' and 'non-pro' versions, all version share the same name...MX 2004 or whatever). Another note, Mac users should not be considered second class web developers. This particular offering for Mac users is particularly bad because of the bugs and speed of the software.

    The best I can rate this offering is two stars... hopefully things will change in the near future. All that being said, I still consider myself a fan of Macromedia software... and just think they had a major hickup here with this latest offering.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Studio MX 2004 @ Bytesector.com
    Macromedia has shown their strength in web development applications over the past few years by introducing a line of amazing applications. The key applications are part of the Studio MX 2004 package which we will be exploring today. Macromedia has really outdone themselves this time by bringing out a package that delivers an all-in-one solution. Let's look at the great applications involved in developing the best web content there is from Macromedia!...full review @ Bytesector.com

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great products, weak upgrade for Mac owners
    I really like Macromedia software, in general. I do, however, find it slow on my (months old) Mac, under Panther. Both Adobe and Apple's recent product upgrades seemed to speed their software up greatly (hey, wow, upgrades can DO that???) but these new versions of Dreamweaver and Flash are an insult to Mac users.

    The software is the slowest I use, even with plentiful memory in my computer. Even after Flash's belated patch that was released, the software is still unsatisfactory to me. There's no real reason for this software to be so incredibly slow and buggy! Often I have these programs quit for no reason, I can't think of one other piece of software I use on my Mac that does such things.

    I haven't tried the MX 2004 Windows versions, but I haven't heard such complaints from Windows users. I wish that Macromedia would work a little harder on their Mac versions.

    Sorry I'm not getting into too many specifics about the software. In general, you can't beat the features of Dreamweaver in its class (nor, obviously, Flash, who is alone in the field anymore) but it's not worth the time-consuming workarounds to get it all working well.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Studio MX 2004 - Macromedia Continues to Impress!
    If you are serious about working on the web whether novice or professional, you cannot get any better than the Macromedia products. I've owned the suite since the second version was out and, with the exception of Adobe PhotoShop, the Macromedia products are the ONLY thing I ever use.

    Dreamweaver MX 2004 with Flash Pro continues the tradition of creating seamless code so you have to do very little tweeking - only if you know how and need to do so! It saves me so much time in coding and I can trust that it will not add extensions that are not viewable by all, such as the Frontpage product. It has roundtrip HTML, meaning you can easily add your own code, modify existing code, etc. without any problems at all.

    The interface builds upon MX by making CSS much more powerful. You can view your CSS styles incase you forgot what it looked like very much as you would a font in Microsoft Word 2000. The pallets are more intuitive and takes a slight adjustment to get used to from MX. Dreamweaver MX 2004 also has more robust features with added internal extensions to make your code bank stronger. The simple drag and drop method makes it so easy to use. I've used the MX 2004 version for about a month now and am thoroughly impressed. It's a significant upgrade and worth the money.

    Flash MX 2004 Pro and Fireworks MX Pro simply build more functionality and makes life much easier. Flash MX Pro has more powerful tools for backend developers, video streaming and WAP devices.

    The interface for all of the products are very easy to learn. I am a professional now, but have used the products prior to becoming professional and it has helped me to make my transition from professional counselor to full-time web developer a dream come true! If I can use it, ANYONE can!! ... Read more


    5. Microsoft FrontPage 2003 Upgrade
    list price: $109.99
    our price: $69.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000AZJV9
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 144
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Professional design, authoring, data, and publishing tools to create sophisticated Web sites
    • New layout and graphics tools make it easier to design exactly the site you want
    • Design tools to generate better code, or expand your code skills
    • With professional coding tools, write code faster, more efficiently, and with greater accuracy
    • Enhanced publishing features and options help get your Web pages online more quickly

    Reviews (8)

    5-0 out of 5 stars I prefer this to Dreamweaver
    I've found this newest version of Front Page to be the best Microsoft has ever delivered. It's intuitive, easy to use, has clean HTML and an affordable price. I bought Dreamweaver MX after reading all the reviews about how wonderful it was. It has an easy way of creating rollovers but that's about it as far as I'm concerned. I think FP wins hands down and would certainly recommend it..

    1-0 out of 5 stars Amazon.com Stinks
    You click on a product to get info

    then you get an email saying you have bought it!

    I will never shop this stinking company again no 800 number no support.
    Just Bull---t

    5-0 out of 5 stars What FrontPage should have been all along
    Microsoft finally got this version of FrontPage right. I have uses FP since 97/98 and started using Dreamweaver because of the limitations and "clunkyness" of the old versions. This version however seems to get it right, and I have no problems recommending this to either amature or experienced webmasters.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Oh yes this can make large commercial sites
    I have used FP since it first came out. I love it. I have 77 sites and a couple of businesses. My average site is fairly large with sometimes 2000 pages and then there are products for sale. Yes Front page can be used for a business however the one problem that is correctly stated by these reviews is that it does not offer the ability to do special graphics such as mouseover effects that can only be made with Dreamweaver or other products if you need fancy graphics you will need another product to produce it. But then again such fanasy websites with script and java often have their own drawbacks such as problems with search engines listing them. This program will do for 99% of your sites and will allow flash presentations.

    5-0 out of 5 stars HTML made easy but.....
    Front Page is Microsoft's solution to web page creation. It simplifies web pages by giving you three windows. One is the normal view, which gives you word processing type tools. If you are familiar with copy and paste, and changing font colors and sizes, inserting pictures via copy and paste or the insert file, picture, etc method, then that is a giant leap from learning HTML code. No code experience is necessary. That is all in Normal view. If you click the tab on the bottom that says HTML, you instantly see the entire page in HTML. So what you have is the intuitive interface of Microsoft Word etc, and the automatic capability of HTML. If you click on the third tab on the bottom, you see Preview. Preview activates your creation to see what it will look like when published. If you have any active items, like streaming banners, or little cartoon like characters making movements, they will come alive.
    A word of caution is worth mentioning. Front Page commands are a bit different in many ways as well. For example when I first learned the program I was frustrated that I could not put type on the following line. It would skip a line, automatically going to double spacing. After doing a lot of digging in the book, I found out that you have to hold down "shift" then press the return-enter button to go down a single line. I don't want to oversimplify the program. Their is a slight learning curve. In a lot of ways it is like a word processor, and in a lot of other ways, it is learning a new language. It follows the usual MSFT learning curve of frustration followed by elation.
    So pick up a book and spend some time with the program. After all conquer this one, and you open up the .com world. With many sites offering free web site hosting for the privilege of being able to show banner ads on your site, you can create multiple sites without any monthly charge. The only expense is the annual .com name registration, which is less than ten dollars at GoDaddy.com for example.
    So what Front Page does is give you the capability of easily creating web pages (after the slight learning curve) Do you have a business, publish it. What about a social organization, or your network of friends. Interactive sites with discussion boards, that is easy with FP. The sky is the limit.
    To take advantage of features like web page hit counters etc, the server you are publishing to must have Front Page extensions installed. Many web host providers have an extension option. After joining you go online and click on the "Install Front Page Extensions" If your web host doesn't have that option you can still use Front Page to your advantage. By creating your web page in normal mode, then clicking on the HTML view, you can take the HTML code, copy and paste it. This gives you creative power in submitting eBay's ads for example. When you use ebay's insertion tool, you simply paste your creation into the description area. When you preview your ad their it is in its full creative glory with colorful fonts, inserted pictures etc. No simple bland black and white text. That is just another example of the new world that opens up to you with Front Page.
    I highly recommend the product. Nothing is perfect, but it makes it possible for the rest of us to create stylish professional web pages with minimal effort. Buy it you won't be sorry. ... Read more


    6. Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 Professional Special Edition Upgrade
    list price: $549.99
    our price: $479.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002UEDS8
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft Software
    Sales Rank: 516
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    7. Macromedia Contribute 3.0
    list price: $149.99
    our price: $149.99
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    Asin: B0002OQY0O
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Macromedia
    Sales Rank: 712
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    8. Flash MX 2004
    list price: $499.00
    our price: $484.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000CAVI6
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Macromedia
    Sales Rank: 876
    Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Tool for creating effective, rich content across desktops and devices
    • Accelerate projects while maintaining a high degree of creative control
    • Jumpstart projects with templates & components, and take advantage of the online resource library
    • Speed workflow by directly importing media, including digital video, PDF and EPS files
    • Add interactivity with powerful scripting

    Reviews (5)

    3-0 out of 5 stars What no normal mode for actionscript
    I'm familiar with the previous versions of flash. I find the no normal mode for actionscript to be a major headache. I use flash primarily for animation. I'm not too keen on the programming aspects. I'll leave that to the computer geeks.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Flash MX 2004
    I'm just a kid but when I discovered this at school, I used all my free time just playing with the animation, motion and shape tweening, actions, motion clips, sound, everything. This product is good but some of the tools are to basic. It's so hard to get an Alpha on a object. Even when I motion tween it, it still won't let me!

    Overall it's pretty good. I'm still learning though.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as they'd tell you
    Look, Flash MX 2004 is great! Most other people are sad because of a little action script that they don't know. Sure, there may be sometimes where you want to do something and you don't know how to do it. Well, I don't know a thing about actionscript, so I'm buying a book on MX 2004 actionscript. Maybe you should, too. This is a great animating program. It really isn't that hard to do things once you get the hang of it. You can make some simple special effects with motion tweening, shape tweening, and masking. You can easily make looped animations with the symbols. You can even make a video and import it into flash, then add in special effects later. The only problem some people might find with this is that it isn't much different than MX, and it doesn't just give you the action script like MX did, and some things have been relocated and are now harder to find. As far as I know, this can do anything that the other versions could, it's just a little more complicated. If you need to make an animated banner ad for someguy you work for, get flash MX if you can. If you are familiar with Flash and want a more powerful version, get this. If you're not familiar, get this anyway! I didn't know the first thing about flash when I go this, but now I feel fine with it. If you haven't memorized your simple actionscript yet, though, maybe you should just stick with what you've got.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Severe setback for non-programmers
    This version of Flash has eliminated the user-friendly "normal" mode for actionscript. Although Macromedia insists that using the "behaviors" panel works just as well, I don't find this to be the case. Users of previous versions will likely be utterly lost (and utterly ticked off) unless they are well-versed in programming syntax. A tremendous waste of time and money.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Rich with Features, but...
    - FEATURES - I like it! From the beginning, gave me a screen on what I would like to make and had a simple template for everything. Movie sizes were smaller and liked how I can preview movies in another tab.

    - COMPATIBILITY (HEADACHE)- If you want to use their latest components or library, be prepared for users to install Flash Player 7.0+. This part is giving me a headache since my users are very novice with these things.

    - UNSTABLE - This has to be the biggest flaw of this software. Now I'm use to saving after every change because of how unstable it is. I get the annoying "Windows cannot recover Flash MX 2004" and it crashes out.

    - OVERALL - NICE, if it worked the way it's suppose to be. I would NOT recommend it to other buyers. Develope in Flash MX until Flash Player 7.0 has gone around the world. Remember to save frequently. I wish I can get my money back =(. ... Read more


    9. Flash MX Professional 2004
    list price: $699.00
    our price: $689.99
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    Asin: B0000CAVRR
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Macromedia
    Sales Rank: 4097
    Average Customer Review: 1.62 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Top-of-the-line Flash development environment for advanced content and applications
    • Tools for creating forms-based data-driven applications, interactive presentations, high quality video experiences and more
    • Build effective data-driven applications with familiar forms-based development, powerful data-binding, and Microsoft Visual SourceSafe integration
    • Add interactivity and customized interfaces to high quality video
    • Broad device deployment is easy with device-specific emulators, templates and sample content

    Reviews (8)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Crash and Burn
    Flash MX 2004 Pro.

    No doubt about it. So far this morning it has frozen my tablet (what's it doing with serial ports?????), refused to initialise the panel set i just saved, crashed 100% of the time with a single layer on the timeline and very few objects when i try to test the fla (using flash 4 player compat).

    Not acceptable! Downloading the latest updater has made it worse if anything.

    I'm just about to reinstall flash 5.

    Macromedia have tried to make a Visual Studio 2005 type leap here and have failed miserably with the quality control. I'm sure there are heaps of users getting along just fine with it, but i don't care - there are no other apps on my systme that run this way.

    1-0 out of 5 stars I downloaded the trial and....
    I downloaded the trial and....It worked fine for 3 or 4 days, then the program crashed and now won't work at all. Any suggestions for something else to work with dreamweaver?

    1-0 out of 5 stars Two thumbs down
    I agree with the other reviewers who voiced their complaints about Flash MX 2004 crashing. The timeline effects will work flawlessly a couple of times and then when you try it again it'll pop up a script error message. Also, it will crash unexpectedly right in the middle of you doing something and you'll lose all your work. Didn't anybody test this program before they released it? Also, what's up with two different versions of Flash? Flash MX 2004 Professional and Flash MX 2004 for Nitwits which includes half the features as the professional version. Macromedia laid an egg on this one.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Flash MX 2004 is very unstable
    My experience using this program has been horrible. As soon as you attempt to do anything complex you run into errors left and right. Random and unpredictable freezing, crashing, etc. For example, the new time effects seem to work fine when you first implement them. But then, for no apparent reason, if you try and implement them a second time, the program becomes erratic and crashes. I don't know how Macromedia could possibly release this in good conscience.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
    the two eariler reviewers are quite correct, flash mx 2004 is a very poor release from macromedia. performance is unacceptable, even the script editing, which is little more than a text editor, is sluggish; crashing is constant; adherence to OS human interaction guidelines is mostly ignored. the new "features" added are buggy and not implemented very well at all making them all but useless in many cases. unfortunately this is indicative of the current state of software development from macromedia (many of the complaints against flash can be lodged against dreamweaver and fireworks as well). they enjoyed their most successful year following the release of the original MX studio, which while flawed was at least usable and relatively stable. MX 2004 was very obviously pushed out by marketing/accounting far too soon and they are now reaping the rewards of their greed (macromedia missed their quarterly earnings because of the "slow uptake of studio 2004" and the stock has suffered). one can only hope that the financial sting of releasing a shoddy product will encourage them to pay attention to the little details in future releases. though the quality of the recently released 7.0.1 updater does not leave me overly confident. ... Read more


    10. Allaire COLDFUSION MX 7 STANDARD 2CPU ( CPD070D000 )

    our price: $1,289.99
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    Asin: B0007SL4M8
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Allaire
    Sales Rank: 5175
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    Product Description

    Macromedia Coldfusion MX 7 Standard 2 CPU .ColdFusion MX 7 Standard is the solution for delivering a powerful website or application on a single server. It features all the RAD development capabilities of ColdFusion, powerful new features such as PDF and FlashPaper document generation, rich flash forms, structured business reporting, and more all in an easy-to-manage configuration that is ideal for small to medium-sized businesses.Easily design and generate high-quality, repeating group, structured business reports and populate them dynamically in the context of web applications. Create rich Flash forms in minutes using just a few ColdFusion tags. Re-skin forms and reports easily across applications. Dynamically transform web content into high-quality printable, portable documents in PDF or FlashPaper 2 formats using a single tag.Move beyond HTTP and create groundbreaking, new interfaces to mobile phones using SMS text messaging, IM using XMPP (the emerging IM standard), and other Internet protocols. Become more productive by using the new ColdFusion Extensions for Dreamweaver MX to build applications rapidly. ... Read more


    11. NetObjects Fusion 8
    list price: $199.99
    our price: $179.99
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    Asin: B00027TVI8
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Netobjects
    Sales Rank: 660
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    Features

    • Web building software for user-friendly Web design
    • Easily build, manage, and promote sophisticated Web sites
    • Drag-and-drop simplicity; no HTML knowledge required
    • Designed for novice users as well as experienced Web developers
    • WYSIWYG design layouts; cutting-edge tools; e-commerce enabled

    12. Macromedia Studio MX 2004
    list price: $899.00
    our price: $869.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000CAVSE
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Macromedia
    Sales Rank: 1015
    Average Customer Review: 2.83 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Streamline web development
    • Integrated tool set includes the newest versions of Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks and FreeHand
    • Build websites and applications with Dreamweaver
    • Create interactive content with Flash
    • Generate web graphics with Fireworks, and incorporate vector graphics with FreeHand

    Reviews (6)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Going Downhill
    I have been using Macromedia Products since version 2 of Dreamweaver. I have a thorough knowledge of Dreamweaver and Fireworks. I have a bit less of Flash yet I do use it from time to time to create flash elements in sites that are primarily driven by html or xhtml code. I don't use Freehand because I think it is perhaps the most poorly implemented of all illustration programs bar none. I have always hoped that Macromedia would take Freehand seriously... and till this day I am still hoping.

    Regarding the software...

    Dreamweaver is by far the most popular web development software on the planet. In fact it has more users than all other web development platforms combined. This is a definite strength since you are able to find a tremendous amount of help around the Internet and in book stores.

    Dreamweaver is still very good at what it does, however it has gone downhill with this most recent release (yes, I have installed the newest updater which does improve the software to a degree). The problems with the software are many. Macromedia has sacrificed a nice usable and professional interface for this 'flowery' looking gradient mess. Oh... it's pretty alright. The problem is I'm trying to get work done! The previous versions of the Studio have a much more professional interface. The program seems taxing to the system no matter how powerful your processor or how much ram you have. It also seems to have screen redraw issues. This is especially true when designing forms. Why that is... I have no idea. The way the program handles CSS is quirky at best. You need to basically go thru and make all these changes to the default behavior it is shipped with in order to get it to work and write CSS in an external style sheet else it will be written to the head of the current document (How stupid is that?). Macromedia should have used the Define Site Dialog box and asked developers if they wanted to create a CSS based site or used the older HTML methods. If a person chose CSS the program should have required them to enter the name of an external style sheet that all CSS would be written to by default. Then when using the property inspector, any changes to the design code would automatically be written to the external style sheet and not to the head or body of the document. It definately needs drastic improvement if it will ever be at the level of other Professional CSS coding software (think TopStyle Pro).

    Another issue with Dreamweaver that I have is with its lack of ability to support a dual monitor configuration without major bugs, headaches, and screen redraw issues. I know many developers that have gone over to the dual monitor approach to development because of a tremendously improved work flow. YOu could have the design Window in one monitor and the code window in the other (Go to Window -- Code Inspector -- or hit F10). Once the code inspector is open, you can drag it over to the second monitor and thus develop both visually and with code. However, the newest DW version has some serious issues when you do this. First of all, you can't maximize the code window... so you have to manually drag one corner and size it yourself. The other is when you are between documents and have no current document open. The program seems like it just wants to crash, drawing and redrawing the entire interace. 'What in the world is going on here?' is the question that comes to mind minus profanities!

    Flash has improved and is more powerful than previous version being more 'coder friendly' and allowing flash apps to be built using a forms based approach although I think they made a big mistake in making two versions of the software. It just confuses people and now is harder to share work within a team unless everybody is using the exact same version! Bad decision Macromedia.

    Fireworks is probably the program in the group that deserves the highest honors. It is tops in the field of web graphics and functionality. I put it over Photoshop/ImageReady because it is specifically designed for the web whereas Photoshop is trying to be all things to all people. And to people who need that functionality, Photoshop is King! However, Fireworks is significantly easier to learn and use than PS. It will do anything you could possibly want in creating web graphics and eliminates all the functions that a print designer needs. Fireworks is for the web... not print. If that is acceptable for your work load.... use it!

    Freehand is dead at this point in my eyes. Illustrator and Coreldraw are both vastly superior in usability and power. Freehand is a clunky and bug ridden program that does poorly what Illustrator does masterfully! Evidently Freehand has also taken a back seat in the eyes of Macromedia too. Freehand has always been delivered much later than the rest of the Studio. Even to this day in June of 2004, Freehand is still one version behind the rest of the software even though the MX 2004 Studio has been released for nearly a year (August 2003)! Some have argued that Macromedia purposely delays Freehand so that they can make more money off the developers who have already bought the current Studio and then need to purchase an upgrade to the latest Freehand. So perhaps this is a marketing ploy used in order to make more money. My opinion is that they will make more money if they improve their software, eliminate bugs, drop the 'flowerly' interace, and release the Studio as one release for both Mac and Windows (This means no 'pro' and 'non-pro' versions, all version share the same name...MX 2004 or whatever). Another note, Mac users should not be considered second class web developers. This particular offering for Mac users is particularly bad because of the bugs and speed of the software.

    The best I can rate this offering is two stars... hopefully things will change in the near future. All that being said, I still consider myself a fan of Macromedia software... and just think they had a major hickup here with this latest offering.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Out There!
    If you are an amateur or professional web designer, don't already have Studio MX and are thinking of moving over from competing Web design packages or bundles from other vendors, buy it. Now. You won't regret it. Dreamweaver MX 2004 is the best web site editor available, and Flash MX 2004 is the best Flash graphics creation package available - though this isn't surprising since the Flash format was created by Macromedia.

    Macromedia unleashes its MX2004 product suite of upgrades. And its a home run. The new Flash improvements, especially for Flash MX2004 Pro edition are great additions - considerably advancing Flash as a database server aware application viable for delivery of cross-platform, rich media experiences. Dreamweaver 2004 & Cold Fusion 6.1 are improvements while Fireworks 2004 and Freehand 2004 offer only mimimal improvements relative to the competition. But it is still worth the price tag, especially when considering the trash HTML other applications add to web pages. Nothing out there, in the way of suites, can do what this product does. Nothing. Your web pages and sites will reflect the quality and commitment all designers strive for.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Poor Release, especially on a Mac
    There are a lot of neat-o features in this release, though unfortunately, they're overshadowed by the terrible sluggish performance on Mac OS X Panther (a very fast OS) and frankly, I'm shifting my web design over to Adobe software because of this poor release. Mac users - don't buy Macromedia software until they fix the terrible performance and many show-stopping bugs!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Choose which OS you register with carefully!
    I purchased Studio MX 2004 Educational version for use with building websites in a class I'm taking in college. It said it was for Mac and Windows, but it only allows you to register the product on ONE operating system. My problem is that I have both a PC (desktop) and a Mac (laptop), and I installed the software on my PC first, it told me to register it, so I did. BIG mistake, I tried to load and use the software on my Mac and I couldn't because I had already registered it on the PC. I called their Customer Service and their representative told me that my registation for the PC was for LIFE! She told me that I could move my SINGLE license to another Windows machine, but that I would never be able to switch it to the Mac. I'll NEVER buy anything from Macromedia again because of their STUPID registration policies.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Out of the Box tools to take Control of the Internet!
    For the Content creator who wants to reach users using tools that present rich media and content across the Internet, Studio MX 2004 is an exceptional Solution. Tools such as Flash MX 2004 present rich dynamic content in interactive ways, which makes information more lively and interesting to the audience.Features include adding effects to the timeline, making it possible to add interactions such as Blur, Drop Shadow, explode and many more. Dreamweaver MX 2004 focuses on making HTML code more stable and reliable while producing powerful webpages. To create a consistent HTML Style, CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) comes to the rescue and to me is considered one of the central elements that make Dreamweaver MX 2004 powerful. The ability to designate the look of a web page and define the contents of a web page. So CSS adds to the power of this web editing tool allowing you to create very stable websites. Fireworks MX 2004 adds incremental improvements that only improve upon its ability to provide significant performance to web graphics, the interface is more intuitive and takes a more integrated approach with the other MX 2004 applications. Freehand MX is an essential part of the suite which provides the creation of content that seamlessly integrates with other MX 2004 applications, for Print and publishing easily to the Web. Overall, this suite offers a set of powerful applications that presents a deep learning curve. But experienced users who want to take the Web and show its full potential, Studio MX 2004 provides the answer to the Web Developers questions. For beginners to Web Design, who might want to take a shorter route to website creation and management, Macromedia offers an excellent alternative solution called Contribute 2.0. Its ease of use and intuitiveness, makes it an absolute choice for the beginner. ... Read more


    13. Flash MX Professional 2004 Upgrade from Flash 5 or MX
    list price: $299.00
    our price: $299.00
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    Asin: B0000CAVS4
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Macromedia
    Sales Rank: 3377
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    Features

    • Top-of-the-line Flash development environment for advanced content and applications
    • Tools for creating forms-based data-driven applications, interactive presentations, high quality video experiences and more
    • Build effective data-driven applications with familiar forms-based development, powerful data-binding, and Microsoft Visual SourceSafe integration
    • Add interactivity and customized interfaces to high quality video
    • Broad device deployment is easy with device-specific emulators, templates and sample content

    14. Adobe GoLive CS2 Upgrade (Mac)
    list price: $169.00
    our price: $169.00
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    Asin: B00081G36G
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Adobe
    Sales Rank: 421
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    Product Description

    Adobe GoLive CS2 Upgrade for Mac .Adobe GoLive CS2 software lets you unlock the power of CSS with intuitive visual tools such as prebuilt CSS objects that you can drag and drop to build sophisticated sites. Jump-start your designs by automatically converting Adobe InDesign layouts into XHTML or CSS Web pages. Or, design leading-edge Web and mobile content and applications in an advanced coding environment that supports SVG Tiny, SMIL, MMS, MPEG-4, XHTML, CSS, and other open global standards. Maintain your sites with comprehensive site management tools.Build sophisticated CSS-based Web content in an intuitive visual environment and enjoy comprehensive site maintenance. Efficiently create or leverage assets for your Web and mobile sites through tight integration with Adobe Creative Suite 2 software. Design mobile sites and applications based on open standards, using visual authoring tools and native device emulation. ... Read more


    15. Fireworks MX 2004
    list price: $299.00
    our price: $294.99
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    Asin: B0000CAVSC
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Macromedia
    Sales Rank: 2222
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • The complete solution for creating, optimizing and integrating great-looking web graphics
    • Provides web developers professional control to quickly create original web graphics and interactivity
    • Create simple graphical buttons, sophisticated rollover effects and pop-up menus
    • Allows easy import, integration and editing of vector and bitmap images in all the major graphics formats
    • Export to other Macromedia products such as Flash and Dreamweaver and third party web development tools

    Reviews (3)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Moderately experienced, listen up...
    ...this review is more for you than the professional or even the newbie. I'm not a graphics pro, though I have a decent amount of experience on everything from Paint Shop Pro to programs no longer in use. I started using Fireworks as part of the Studio suite of programs included with Dreamweaver and the other Macromedia products. When I started using Dreamweaver, I wasn't aware of what Fireworks could do and held off using it. But when I needed professional looking graphic logos, and Corel Draw wasn't doing what I needed, I went to Fireworks and haven't looked back.

    Fireworks does image manipulation similar to Photoshop. Whether it is as capable in that area is debatable. I haven't used Photoshop, but have ordered a copy to see the differences. I'm also not as skilled in image work as I am in things like creating graphics for web sites or business cards, so I'm not the best source of comparison. However, I have taken some original images I shot with my digicam and worked with them to get the results I liked. There are many features in Fireworks for this kind of work, and for the most part, unless you are doing something spectacular, you should be able to use FW for this task. Unfortunately, if you want a thorough discussion on vector and raster graphics and software, this isn't it.

    As far as original graphics, I like the way FW works. You can set up a "canvas" the size you want, have the graphic sized by pixels, and change both easily. Also, perhaps like other programs, there is a great deal of use of X/Y coordinates, so items can be placed very precisely. Unlike PSP (or at least the version I last used), once an item is placed, you can still select that item (text, box, image, etc.) and put it somewhere else. The native PNG format that FW produces uploads to web pages directly without conversion to JPG or GIF, and I found that very worthwhile. For some reason, my logos in Corel Draw were coming out with fuzzy text, even at high resolutions. I drew the same or similar logos in FW and had no distortion problems. It may have been a graphic format conversion issue. Either way, its not a problem working with FW, DW, and the web.

    FW is reasonably easy to learn to use. It will take you a while to get good at it, however. And you probably won't become a graphics pro just by buying this software. However, it is nice to have this program in my toolkit for general, advanced amateur use. Maybe you add Photoshop if you really need it, but for the most part, this just might get the job done.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Still Need Some Work
    I have been using Fireworks MX for three months now and I must admit that it provides web designers with tools to makes awesome looking pages. However, it still needs some work.

    Fireworks MX 2004 makes improvements and boasts some new features. From my experience thus far, there are basic shapes included to the rectangle, circle, etc. You can now do 'L' shapes, donuts, etc. The basic shapes appears to have doubled. There are also a few more filters. The interface looks more or less the same, and selecting textures is now presented with a colored picture, but still the same textures. I'm sure there are more upgrades, but I haven't had enough time with it.

    I first wrote this review with a complaint about the picture quality for renders. However, I realized that setting the picture quality to 100% instead of the default 80% changed everything. While the file size increases, it is a better trade off for quality.

    It would be great if there were much more features for Fireworks MX 2004. If you currently own Fireworks MX, there really is no reason for the upgrade. If you don't have any previous version of Fireworks, I suggest looking at the competition. Yes there is competition.

    Ask any web designer which photo editing program they use and chances are the answer will be Photoshop and Image Ready. These two programs work hand in hand to deliver some of the best, if not the best tools on the market. Plus there are a lot more features than that of Fireworks MX 2004. I've only begun playing around with Photoshop 7.0 and Image Ready 7.0 (a step back from the CS edition) for two weeks and I'm getting the feeling that once I get use to it I won't turn back.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great program... but...
    As a standalone, Fireworks will do what you need. It will create excellent web graphics. Menus, sites, animated gifs, rollovers, etc...

    However, I would strongly suggest to you that you at least add Dreamweaver MX 2004 to the mix, preferably Studio MX 2004. The programs work so seemlessly together that it's almost like working in a single program. ... Read more


    16. Macromedia Captivate
    list price: $499.99
    our price: $479.99
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    Asin: B00067KYAI
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Macromedia
    Sales Rank: 2548
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    Features

    • Macromedia Captivate (formerly RoboDemo) automatically records all onscreen actions and instantly creates an interactive Flash simulation.
    • Point and click to add text captions, narration, and e-learning interactions without any programming knowledge.
    • Smart Full-Motion Recording and Visual Timeline in Edit View.
    • Macromedia Flash MX 2004 Export capabilities.

    17. Dreamweaver MX 2004 Upgrade from Dreamweaver 4, MX, UltraDev 4, ColdFusion Studio 5.0, JRun Studio 3.x
    list price: $199.00
    our price: $189.99
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    Asin: B0000CAVAD
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Macromedia
    Sales Rank: 1182
    Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • The professional choice for building web sites and applications
    • A powerful combination of visual layout tools, application development features, and code editing support
    • Developers and designers at every skill level can create appealing, standards-based sites and applications quickly
    • Developers can use it with the server technology of their choice to build powerful Internet applications
    • Includes leading support for CSS-based design to hand-coding features

    Reviews (3)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Upgrade? What upgrade?
    Upgrade? What upgrade? The older versions were much better than this one. This new version runs very slowly, adds redundant and unneeded tags and crashes more often than Windows 98!
    Please just don't buy this product, don't waste your money.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Still using DW4? It's time to up to a really Big Rig.
    Clearly Dreamweaver is the best application available for developing a professional website. If you're in the business this is your platform and that's all there is to it. Oh okay. The REAL professionals code by hand. (Yawn.)

    As for me, I've been coding with Dreamweaver MX. What a great program. It comes to work everyday, fires right up and launches the client's pages smoothly along the 'ole information superhighway. No breakdowns (well, almost no breakdowns), no arresting offenses and no intramural collisions. Dreamweaver has all the efficiency and power of an 18-wheeler blowing past a gaggle of overloaded rental trucks dragging along unstable trailers and add-ons that threaten to careen out-of-control at any moment.

    DW MX 2004 takes slightly longer to fire up, but its customizable insert bar, CSS support and code editing options keep this new version upgrade zooming right along. I wish the right-click slide out menu for files didn't require another slide out for editing such as page renaming, duplicating or deleting files. The simple workaround is leaning the keystrokes.

    If you're using Dreamweaver 4, the 2004 upgrade is a must. For MX users, the new version 7.0 is a powerful improvement.

    3-0 out of 5 stars UNDERWHELMING UPDATE. WAIT FOR NEXT VERSION..
    I've been designing with DW for a while now. The 2004 upgrade remains essentially the same, except for a few changes:

    [1] The default is now CSS. If you want a tables based layout, you can still work with it but a change needs to be made in the preferences.

    [2] The previous Dreamweaver MX supported CSS-P to a degree but editing it wasn't always easy. MM were obviously aware of Dreamweaver's rendering problems and for the new version, have borrowed upon Opera's rendering engine to do some of the hard work and it's now several magnitudes better.

    [3] Secure FTP built in

    [4] Microsoft Word and Excel copy and paste. Earlier version would lose the formatting when text was pasted inside DW. In this sense, DW now equals Frontpage

    [5] On-the-fly cross-browser compatibility checking

    [6] Some simple image editing like cropping and tonal adjustments without leaving the program

    All this is fine and dandy, some of these features are also a god-send, but the CSS handling is a bit quirky yet. Surely, there must be a simpler and more intuitive way to do all this? There's far too much jumping around the interface required. Instead of providing one really inspired WYSIWYG way to do things, it seems to offer a multiplicity of mediocre alternatives, almost as if the programmers couldn't make their minds up and say, 'Hell, we'll put it all in'. That is a recipe for camels, not thoroughbred racehorses.

    If you know your way around Dreamweaver already, you might welcome the new CSS editing facilities but 50% of the full price for an upgrade seems grossly excessive. I'm a bit disappointed that after all this time, Macromedia have produced something that is okay, but not great.

    Besides, in the rush for an upgrade (now that GoLive is getting its own feet too) MM seems to have settled for some degree of bloat. My DW updated to 2004 MX is even more of a RAM hog than before.

    Net net: I'd wait for the next version upgrade, by when hopefully MM would have tied in all these loose ends. ... Read more


    18. Adobe GoLive CS2 Upgrade
    list price: $169.00
    our price: $169.00
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00081G38Y
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Adobe
    Sales Rank: 2494
    Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Adobe GoLive CS2 Upgrade .Adobe GoLive CS2 software lets you unlock the power of CSS with intuitive visual tools such as prebuilt CSS objects that you can drag and drop to build sophisticated sites. Jump-start your designs by automatically converting Adobe InDesign layouts into XHTML or CSS Web pages. Or, design leading-edge Web and mobile content and applications in an advanced coding environment that supports SVG Tiny, SMIL, MMS, MPEG-4, XHTML, CSS, and other open global standards. Maintain your sites with comprehensive site management tools.Build sophisticated CSS-based Web content in an intuitive visual environment and enjoy comprehensive site maintenance. Efficiently create or leverage assets for your Web and mobile sites through tight integration with Adobe Creative Suite 2 software. Design mobile sites and applications based on open standards, using visual authoring tools and native device emulation. ... Read more

    Reviews (1)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not Worth Upgrading For
    Very disappointing release! I have been a GoLive user for going on two years now and after a long waiting period, CS2 is finally upon us. Unfortunately, CS2 did not herald the bug fixes and core improvements so many GoLive users have been waited for.

    The most glaring problem is that GoLive CS2 still does not have a history feature. Even ridiculously simple functions like previewing your in-development pages make it impossible to revert to a previous state and undue any mistakes. Perform a find/replace and again, once you commit to the replace you cannot back out of this change and revert to an earlier state.

    What is the point of previewing your webpage if you can't go back and correct a mistake? It is this kind of blatant oversight that damns GoLive to being a subpar program that just doesn't feel as intuitive or polished as other Adobe products.

    There have been a number of improvements (such as an advanced CSS library) but small tweaks cannot make you overlook the fact that at its core, GoLive CS2 is a buggy and fundamentally broken product that fails to deliver on every level.

    Another poor showing. When will Adobe get this right? Not worth the money as a stand alone product and certainly not worth upgrading from CS. ... Read more


    19. Namo Web Editor 6 Suite
    list price: $99.99
    our price: $74.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001LV6V0
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Namo
    Sales Rank: 857
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

    Features

    • Easily create and manage personal and professional Web sites
    • Drag-and-drop site layout; integrated graphics features
    • Design and script templates; instant report generation
    • Full WYSIWYG editing environment; dynamic navigation bars and trees
    • Powerful JavaScript actions and events; wizard for database-driven pages

    Reviews (5)

    1-0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS JUNK
    I wonder how this junk came to be listed at Amazon. The program installs spy-ware as well as other ad supported programs. Most importantly, Namo does not do its job. It is alot easier to build a website using Dreamweaver or Frontpage. Just dont buy this. If you are thinking about it, then go download the trial version of it and see if you still want it. This is a junk. The worst product I've ever bought at amazon.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent web authoring tool
    WebEditor is a fine tool bundled with good utilities and very good content such as themes that are better than MSFrontpage. If you are more than a beginner when it comes to web authoring or are a quick learner, this is an excellent product at a great price. If you are a novice or want a simple tool to throw up webpages then MSfrontpage *hosted on a server with MSFrontpage server extensions* is an easier tool to use. If you don't have a server with MSFP extensions, then this is a better tool then MSFP which is not too flexible without the extensions.

    The tool is very well execute. Although you may miss some of Microsoft's ease-of-use features, it is well organized and, at many things, better than MS frontpage. It also comes with a real manual instead of the lame manual-let that MSFP comes with (plan on paying another $40+ for a decent MSFP manual if you buy that tool.)

    I've come across a few crashes but overall, the tool is quite stable for a *.0 rev.

    I purchased this tool in order to create a school website that would be hosted on a server without MSFP extensions. I liked it so much that I switched my home page to it and have no plans to ever use MSFP again.

    If you want more power with a tad less ease of use than MSFP and at a much better price, this is the tool get.

    Marc

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must have
    I have Front Page and Macromedia and both have some major issues.
    If you used any of these, Front Page has uploading problems and will not allow you to use MP3 files. Plus you can spot a front page site a mile away (boring).
    Macromedia is too hard to use and not user friendly at all.

    Namo is the best of both worlds.
    -It's easy to use and has allot of great looking templates and utilities. I switched my website file to Namo easily and loving it!
    I highly recommend it. ******!

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is a great tool with so many free utilities
    I just bought this product to make a simple website out of it. As soon as I launched it, I found out all the powerful features this webeditor included, and I had to continue build my website to be more professional looking. With the WebBoard, I am now able to keep in touch in my family back where I am from. This is just a great product.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A very high quality product
    I have created a number of sites using this product. They look very professional, even thought I am not a professional web developer. Well, that is the whole point! It is easy to install, easy to create web sites using site wizard, easy to choose themes, easy to CHANGE themes, has a wysiwyg editor, easy site upload and sync. I was able to easily define the site structure. It easily picks up files in the folder hierarchy, created by other applications ~ like jAlbum that I used to create photo albums. It has never crashed on me so far. I have used WebEditor 5.5 and upgraded to 6.0. Version 6.0 has scripting tool and excellent web-board. I have hosted some silly family forums there too. It also comes bundled with a number of powerful utilities. Checkout their website for detailed feature list. ... Read more


    20. Studio MX 2004 with Flash Pro Upgrade from eligible Macromedia Product
    list price: $599.00
    our price: $579.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000CAVVK
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Macromedia
    Sales Rank: 2878
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • This is an upgrade from select Macromedia products; see the Manufacturer's Description below for details
    • Integrated tool set includes the newest versions of Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks and FreeHand
    • Build websites and applications with Dreamweaver
    • Streamline web development and create data-driven applications and high quality video experiences
    • Device deployment streamlines production of content for mobile phones, PDAs, and other devices

    Reviews (2)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Going downhill
    I have been using Macromedia Products since version 2 of Dreamweaver. I have a thorough knowledge of Dreamweaver and Fireworks. I have a bit less of Flash yet I do use it from time to time to create flash elements in sites that are primarily driven by html or xhtml code. I don't use Freehand because I think it is perhaps the most poorly implemented of all illustration programs bar none. I have always hoped that Macromedia would take Freehand seriously... and till this day I am still hoping.

    Regarding the software...

    Dreamweaver is by far the most popular web development software on the planet. In fact it has more users than all other web development platforms combined. This is a definite strength since you are able to find a tremendous amount of help around the Internet and in book stores.

    Dreamweaver is still very good at what it does, however it has gone downhill with this most recent release (yes, I have installed the newest updater which does improve the software to a degree). The problems with the software are many. Macromedia has sacrificed a nice usable and professional interface for this 'flowery' looking gradient mess. Oh... it's pretty alright. The problem is I'm trying to get work done! The previous versions of the Studio have a much more professional interface. The program seems taxing to the system no matter how powerful your processor or how much ram you have. It also seems to have screen redraw issues. This is especially true when designing forms. Why that is... I have no idea. The way the program handles CSS is quirky at best. You need to basically go thru and make all these changes to the default behavior it is shipped with in order to get it to work and write CSS in an external style sheet else it will be written to the head of the current document (How stupid is that?). Macromedia should have used the Define Site Dialog box and asked developers if they wanted to create a CSS based site or used the older HTML methods. If a person chose CSS the program should have required them to enter the name of an external style sheet that all CSS would be written to by default. Then when using the property inspector, any changes to the design code would automatically be written to the external style sheet and not to the head or body of the document. It definately needs drastic improvement if it will ever be at the level of other Professional CSS coding software (think TopStyle Pro).

    Another issue with Dreamweaver that I have is with its lack of ability to support a dual monitor configuration without major bugs, headaches, and screen redraw issues. I know many developers that have gone over to the dual monitor approach to development because of a tremendously improved work flow. YOu could have the design Window in one monitor and the code window in the other (Go to Window -- Code Inspector -- or hit F10). Once the code inspector is open, you can drag it over to the second monitor and thus develop both visually and with code. However, the newest DW version has some serious issues when you do this. First of all, you can't maximize the code window... so you have to manually drag one corner and size it yourself. The other is when you are between documents and have no current document open. The program seems like it just wants to crash, drawing and redrawing the entire interace. 'What in the world is going on here?' is the question that comes to mind minus profanities!

    Flash has improved and is more powerful than previous version being more 'coder friendly' and allowing flash apps to be built using a forms based approach although I think they made a big mistake in making two versions of the software. It just confuses people and now is harder to share work within a team unless everybody is using the exact same version! Bad decision Macromedia.

    Fireworks is probably the program in the group that deserves the highest honors. It is tops in the field of web graphics and functionality. I put it over Photoshop/ImageReady because it is specifically designed for the web whereas Photoshop is trying to be all things to all people. And to people who need that functionality, Photoshop is King! However, Fireworks is significantly easier to learn and use than PS. It will do anything you could possibly want in creating web graphics and eliminates all the functions that a print designer needs. Fireworks is for the web... not print. If that is acceptable for your work load.... use it!

    Freehand is dead at this point in my eyes. Illustrator and Coreldraw are both vastly superior in usability and power. Freehand is a clunky and bug ridden program that does poorly what Illustrator does masterfully! Evidently Freehand has also taken a back seat in the eyes of Macromedia too. Freehand has always been delivered much later than the rest of the Studio. Even to this day in June of 2004, Freehand is still one version behind the rest of the software even though the MX 2004 Studio has been released for nearly a year (August 2003)! Some have argued that Macromedia purposely delays Freehand so that they can make more money off the developers who have already bought the current Studio and then need to purchase an upgrade to the latest Freehand. So perhaps this is a marketing ploy used in order to make more money. My opinion is that they will make more money if they improve their software, eliminate bugs, drop the 'flowerly' interace, and release the Studio as one release for both Mac and Windows (This means no 'pro' and 'non-pro' versions, all version share the same name...MX 2004 or whatever). Another note, Mac users should not be considered second class web developers. This particular offering for Mac users is particularly bad because of the bugs and speed of the software.

    The best I can rate this offering is two stars... hopefully things will change in the near future. All that being said, I still consider myself a fan of Macromedia software... and just think they had a major hickup here with this latest offering.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Studio MX 2004 - Macromedia Continues to Set the Standard
    If you are serious about working on the web whether novice or professional, you cannot get any better than the Macromedia products. I've owned the suite since the second version was out and, with the exception of Adobe PhotoShop, the Macromedia products are the ONLY thing I ever use.

    Dreamweaver MX 2004 with Flash Pro continues the tradition of creating seamless code so you have to do very little tweeking - only if you know how and need to do so! It saves me so much time in coding and I can trust that it will not add extensions that are not viewable by all, such as the Frontpage product. It has roundtrip HTML, meaning you can easily add your own code, modify existing code, etc. without any problems at all.

    The interface builds upon MX by making CSS much more powerful. You can view your CSS styles incase you forgot what it looked like very much as you would a font in Microsoft Word 2000. The pallets are more intuitive and takes a slight adjustment to get used to from MX. Dreamweaver MX 2004 also has more robust features with added internal extensions to make your code bank stronger. The simple drag and drop method makes it so easy to use. I've used the MX 2004 version for about a month now and am thoroughly impressed. It's a significant upgrade and worth the money.

    Flash MX 2004 Pro and Fireworks MX Pro simply build more functionality and makes life much easier. Flash MX Pro has more powerful tools for backend developers, video streaming and WAP devices.

    The interface for all of the products are very easy to learn. I am a professional now, but have used the products prior to becoming professional and it has helped me to make my transition from professional counselor to full-time web developer a dream come true! If I can use it, ANYONE can!! ... Read more


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