You can’t release a Web graphics or design product these days without talking about integration. Designers want to be able to import, edit, and save files without worrying about what application they’re using.
) put that idea into practice when it released Fireworks and Dreamweaver updates in late 1999; version 3 of both programs featured tight integration with each other. Macromedia’s move matched a longtime strategy of Adobe (800/833-6687,
), which continues to produce programs – most notably, its recent Illustrator and GoLive updates – that offer shared features.
So how does Macromedia keep pace with Fireworks 4, Dreamweaver 4, and Dreamweaver UltraDev 4? (And no, you didn’t miss versions 2 and 3 of the database-driven Web-site tool; Macromedia has synced the program’s version number with Dreamweaver’s.) Would you believe even tighter integration between Macromedia applications?
The three upgrades – all of which should be available in December – provide more than just tighter integration. They add new tools (see “What’s New”), as well as maintain the flexibility and customization Macromedia has offered in previous versions.
Fireworks 4 and Dreamweaver 4 sell for $299; you can upgrade to either program for $149. Dreamweaver UltraDev 4 sells for $599, with a $129 upgrade cost. Macromedia will sell a Fireworks-Dreamweaver suite and a Fireworks-UltraDev package for $399 and $699, respectively.