Macromedia introduces new government-friendly packages

Macromedia introduces new government-friendly packages

Macromedia Inc. this week unveiled three new suites specifically for government users.

The three suites, which will be available Nov. 3, bundle the company's products with additional support materials.

Why the specialized suites? The San Francisco company has found that at federal agencies the people who maintain Web sites often work separately from those who oversee the back-end databases and other applications, said Paul Madar, a Macromedia general manager for server products.

Although agency webmasters may be fluent in Macromedia technologies such as Flash, the back-end application developers tend to be 'more steeped in traditional coding languages,' he said.

Macromedia is betting that agency e-government initiatives will force the two camps to work more closely together. So the company designed its new suites with this trend in mind and on the likelihood that agencies will place evermore content online, Madar said.

The company also has created a government solutions group to work closely with agencies and give government users more input into future software developments.

The new government suites are:

  • Solution for Simplifying Web Updates: Administrators can set up a system for non-IT workers to update Web pages, said Juliana Slye, government industry manager for Macromedia. The package includes the newest versions of Web site update software Contribute and Studio MX, a Web page development platform. The suite also includes templates and documentation. The price is $1,799.


  • Solution for Rapid Application Development: Agencies can use this suite to quickly develop Web applications, including apps that must interoperate with legacy systems, Madar said. It includes the ColdFusion development platform and Studio with Flash MX Professional. The price is $18,500.


  • Solution for Policy Compliant Websites: This package consists of Studio MX, Flash Professional and the DevNet Essentials subscription update service. It also includes templates and training materials about how to make Web sites comply with policies'although it does not include training for specific government policies such as Section 508, Slye said. The price is $1,599.


To read a GCN Lab review of Studio MX 2004, click on review.

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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