Macromedia Studio 8



MacMerc points to Macromedia Studio 8 which includes Dreamweaver 8, Flash Professional 8, Fireworks 8, Contribute 3 and FlashPaper 2.

It will be interesting to see what impact Adobe has had on the product line after its purchase of Macromedia. I’m a bit suprised to still see Fireworks alive and kicking, but I guess it makes sense given the level of integration and look and feel between the different Macromedia products. This may be the last independent Macromedia Studio release, but I could be dead wrong.

There’s a lot of overlap between Macromedia and Adobe products (Indesign vs. Dreamweaver, Photoshop vs. Fireworks, etc), and I think it’s just a matter of time before some products get their red stapler taken away from them.

From the feature tour it looks like Dreamweaver has taken some cues from InDesign with some very photoshop-esque guides. It is also great to see Dreamweaver finally start to focus on CSS-based design over table layout. It also looks like Dreamweaver is able to parse and display RSS feeds, as you can see about 3/4 through the feature tour. Interesting stuff.


62 responses to “Macromedia Studio 8”

  1. Erik Avatar

    I’m holding off on upgrading until they integrate, especially since I may switch platforms between now and then.

    Anyone who’s really used Fireworks will tell you that it’s a different beast than Photoshop. I’m not holding my breath that Adobe will keep it, but I hope Photoshop will at least get a few cues from its (IMO superior) work flow.

  2. Pat Avatar

    “InDesign vs. Dreamweaver”??

    GoLive vs. Dreamweaver
    InDesign is a page layout program.

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    Yeah, that’s what I meant. My bad.

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