Monday, July 29, 2002


SAN JOSE, Calif. and SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—July 29, 2002—Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq: ADBE), and Macromedia, Inc. (Nasdaq: MACR), today announced that they have reached a settlement agreement on all litigation between the two parties. The terms of the settlement are confidential. Customers with products from either Adobe or Macromedia will not be affected.


User conference promises high quality training and deep technical information for Internet developers and designers

San Francisco—July 29, 2002—Macromedia, Inc. (Nasdaq: MACR) today announced the Macromedia Developer Conference 2002 (DevCon 2002), the premier event for Macromedia designers and developers to extend their skills and expand their knowledge base. The conference will feature more than 100 sessions designed to provide hands-on training and skills development for developers and designers using Macromedia products. Developers can now register for the conference, being held October 27-30 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and take advantage of an early registration fee of $895 per person—$155 off the regular price. To register, go to

"With the launch of the Macromedia MX products this spring, there are a wide range of new skills and techniques that developers and designers will want to learn," said Kevin Lynch, chief software architect, Macromedia. "DevCon 2002 is a unique opportunity to get intensive training on the technology, access to the information from leaders in the developer community, and first-hand information on the long-term Macromedia product strategy and technology vision."

DevCon 2002 features more than 100 in-depth workshop and hands-on sessions that cover everything from basic web development to the most advanced techniques for building rich Internet applications with all of the Macromedia products. Attendees will have access to Macromedia engineers, leaders from the development community, and industry experts as well as a range of opportunities to connect with other designers and developers from around the world. As part of the event, Macromedia will also be hosting a special eLearning conference, giving attendees a unique opportunity to explore the latest products and strategies for implementing effective, cost-efficient online learning solutions. For complete details on the conference, go to

In addition to the conference, usability guru Jakob Nielsen will deliver a one-day session prior to the start of DevCon that will explore how end users really use tools and applications based in Macromedia Flash MX on the Internet. The tutorial will summarize user data and turn it into actionable design guidelines that will dramatically enhance the quality of the user experiences you develop, and improve the productivity of your users. This usability event is not included as part of the DevCon registration cost. To register, go to


Built with Macromedia MX product family, Pet Market application shows developers the benefits of rich Internet applications

San Francisco—July 29, 2002—Macromedia, Inc. (Nasdaq: MACR) today introduced Pet Market, a sample application built using the entire Macromedia MX product family. Pet Market, a fictitious online pet retailer, illustrates both the benefits of rich Internet applications and the ability to deliver these experiences across different server architectures, including the Java ™ platform and Microsoft .NET Framework.

Pet Market is accompanied online by source code, and more than a dozen articles to show designers and developers how to create their own rich Internet applications that drive down cost and bandwidth concerns while providing a usable, high-impact user experience. The Pet Market site and resources can be viewed and downloaded from

"The Pet Market sample application highlights the enhanced user experience possible using the Macromedia MX servers and tools along with a rich client such as Macromedia Flash Player," said Kevin Lynch, chief software architect, Macromedia. "The articles, documentation, and source code will help developers learn how to build rich Internet applications, as well as see how they can be deployed across Java and .NET server platforms."

Pet Market was created using the Macromedia MX product family, including Macromedia Flash MX, Macromedia Dreamweaver MX, Macromedia ColdFusion MX, and Macromedia Fireworks MX. To showcase the cross-platform nature of rich Internet applications, Macromedia also released Macromedia Flash front-ends that extend and enhance the Java Pet Store and .NET Pet Shop blueprint sample applications. These front-ends will help Java and .NET developers understand how to use Macromedia Flash to deliver more intuitive and effective user experiences.

"The Java platform enables developers to build end-to-end solutions that embrace a wide variety of interface models," said Ralph Galantine, product line manager, Java and XML software, Sun Microsystems. "The Macromedia Flash implementation of the Java Pet Store demonstrates how a rich Internet application interface provides a dynamic user experience to powerful enterprise Java solutions. We are happy to see Macromedia addressing the usability of online applications in such an open manner."

"From the Pet Market demo application, it's pretty easy to see how a Macromedia Flash front-end can build a richer user experience across various infrastructures," said Tim O'Reilly, CEO, O'Reilly & Associates. "Macromedia Flash enables regions of the screen to be updated without a page refresh based on back-end database interaction. Macromedia Flash can no longer be dismissed as a tool for web animation. It's become a ubiquitous rich client that will radically change the way people use the web. We at O'Reilly are excited to see what developers will do with the possibilities of Macromedia Flash and rich Internet applications."

Pet Market was designed to clearly illustrate the more intuitive, responsive, and effective user experiences of rich Internet applications. For example, the checkout process of Pet Market breaks out of the standard multi-step, page-browsing model of the web and brings all user interactions into a single screen that never requires a page refresh. The application also enables customers to use the browser's back button to navigate through the Macromedia Flash user interface. Articles, commented code, and best practices are all available online to enable users to build their own rich Internet applications.

Pet Market also illustrates the use of object-oriented programming on the client side, which enabled Macromedia to change the user interface of Pet Market to respond to feedback gathered through usability testing. The user interface evolved throughout the development process without any impact on the central business logic and data tier of the application. The Model-View-Controller (MVC) design pattern of Pet Market also helped to make the application modular and easy to port across different platforms.