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Macromedia delivers Macromedia eLearning Centre

Published: Wed 6 Nov 2002 11:46 AM
Macromedia delivers Macromedia eLearning Centre through partnership with Skillsoft
Courseware enables users to quickly get up to speed using products in Macromedia Studio MX
AUCKLAND, New Zealand - Macromedia, Inc. (Nasdaq: MACR) announced the availability of Macromedia eLearning Centre. The subscription-based, interactive online training site for Macromedia Studio MX products was developed through a partnership with SkillSoft (Nasdaq: SKIL), a leading provider of e-learning courseware and Referenceware for IT and business professionals. Macromedia eLearning Centre provides course libraries for Macromedia Flash MX, Macromedia Dreamweaver MX, Macromedia Fireworks MX, Macromedia ColdFusion MX, and Macromedia FreeHand 10 as well as a Solutions Library that covers all of these products. The affordably-priced libraries include anywhere from 45 to 165 hours of training. For more information on Macromedia eLearning Centre, go to http://www.macromedia.com/go/melc/.
"Macromedia is committed to providing resources to ensure our designers and developers get the most out of the Macromedia Studio MX product family, and we are pleased to partner with SkillSoft," said David Mendels, chief strategy officer, Macromedia. "Macromedia eLearning Centre provides the highest quality online training on Macromedia products and ensures that developers learn what they need to be productive quickly, and make their way to becoming Macromedia Certified Professionals."
"Our Macromedia partnership ensures that Macromedia Studio MX developers can get the information and training resources required for ongoing skills development in a timely and cost-effective way," said David Vickrey, vice president of alliances and corporate business development, SkillSoft.
Macromedia eLearning Centre courses are sold as product libraries using an annual subscription model, with specific libraries for Macromedia Flash MX (which also includes Macromedia FreeHand 10 courses), Macromedia Dreamweaver MX (includes Macromedia Fireworks MX courses), Macromedia ColdFusion MX, and a Macromedia Solution Library, which includes all Macromedia product libraries and courses on other related web technologies. The Macromedia Solution Library features more than 165 hours of online training. For a complete breakdown of what is available in each library, go to http://www.macromedia.com/go/melc/.
Students can access courses while connected to the Internet using a standard web browser or download courses for offline use. The courses, designed to teach best practices, are mapped to Macromedia certification objectives and correspond to material presented in Macromedia-authorised, instructor-led classes. New courses will appear in the libraries or will be added to the libraries throughout the year as part of the subscription.
PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
Macromedia eLearning Centre courses are available immediately at http://www.macromedia.com/go/melc/. Macromedia Flash MX Library, with more than 45 hours of online training (including FreeHand), is priced at US$249. Macromedia Dreamweaver MX Library, with more than 75 hours of online training (including Fireworks MX), is priced at US$249. Macromedia ColdFusion MX Library, with more than 65 hours of online training, is priced at US$399. Macromedia Solutions Library, which includes all Macromedia Studio MX courses with more than 165 hours of training, is priced at US$599.
ABOUT SKILLSOFT
SkillSoft Corp. (Nasdaq: SKIL) is a leading provider of e-learning courseware and referenceware for business and IT professionals. Its primary offerings include its IT Skills and Certification Library, which supports more than 40 certification programs and includes more than 2,800 course titles; its Business Skills Library with more than 1,600 courses and simulations; and ITPro and Business Pro Referenceware, which include more than 2,500 unabridged IT and business books and reports available through SkillSoft's subsidiary, Books24x7.
ABOUT MACROMEDIA
Macromedia (http:// http://www.macromedia.com/ap) empowers millions of designers and developers to create effective user experiences across the widest array of platforms and devices. Through an open, integrated family of client, tool, and server technologies, Macromedia is driving a new generation of rich Internet applications that radically improves the Internet experience.

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