Macromedia Director MX 2004 now available
AUCKLAND New Zealand - 19 February 2004 - Macromedia (Nasdaq: MACR) announced the immediate availability of Macromedia
Director MX 2004, the latest version of the industry standard multimedia authoring tool. Macromedia Director MX 2004
files for both Mac and Windows platforms in one simple step. Director MX 2004 is available for immediate download today
from the Macromedia Online Store at http://shop.macromedia.com/nz.
"Macromedia Director MX 2004 furthers the product's rich legacy by adding features that directly address developer
requests to work more efficiently and utilise the latest technologies available," said Miriam Geller, director of
product management, Macromedia. "Director MX 2004 greatly eases development and enables users to create richer content
Macromedia Director MX 2004 delivers multimedia content anywhere, whether it be to CD, DVD, intranets, kiosks or the
Internet. Director MX 2004 supports most major video, audio, bitmap, 3D and vector formats to give developers the
broadest content palette from which to deliver sophisticated and compelling user experiences. Extensive video
capabilities within Director MX 2004 allow developers to incorporate video files in DVD-Video, Windows Media, RealMedia,
QuickTime and Flash Video formats. DVD-Video functionality will enable developers to embed, control and playback
DVD-Video content within multimedia projects. Director also has a powerful Xtras plug-in architecture that enables
developers to extend both the application and playback to add nearly limitless functionality.
"Every year, I need to create at least eight different presentations that are sent around the world to showcase ESPN
programming. Director MX 2004 delivers a whole new level of functionality enhancements that will make my job easier and
more fun," said Brett E. Stewart, interactive designer, ESPN, Inc. "Being able to incorporate DVD-Video into my Director
presentations will both improve the video quality and more effectively enable me to reach new markets."
Macromedia Director MX 2004 is tightly integrated with other products and servers in the Macromedia MX family. In
addition to adding support for Flash MX 2004, Director also has the ability to launch and edit both Flash and Fireworks
to enable a seamless workflow. Director now supports the Flash MX 2004 component architecture and includes a subset of
the Flash MX 2004 components to use in Director. Flash content can be integrated into Director projects and Flash
performance within Director projects has been dramatically improved over previous versions. Like other MX 2004 products,
the workspace is entirely customisable and Director now lets users customise both the stage and the movie-in-a-window
docks for better workspace management.
The product has also added new features to make developers more efficient and productive. Interactivity within projects
workflow efficiencies for content production within Director. Content can be published to both Mac and Windows and
online, across different platforms in one simple step. For more information on Director MX 2004, visit
Macromedia will be hosting online seminars to showcase the new features of Director MX 2004. For more information on
seminars, visit http://www.macromedia.com/go/directoronlineseminar/.
PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
Macromedia Director MX 2004 is available for purchase immediately through Macromedia resellers or from the Macromedia
Online Store New Zealand (http://shop.macromedia.com/nz). It is priced at NZ$1,711 for new users and NZ$569 for upgrades
from Director 8.5 and Director MX. Education, government and volume licensing options are available. The software works
on Mac OS X v10.2.6 or higher and on Windows 2000 or Windows XP. French, German and Japanese versions are expected to
ship in March.
Experience matters. Macromedia is motivated by the belief that great experiences build great businesses. Our software
empowers millions of business users, developers and designers to create and deliver effective, compelling and memorable
experiences - on the Internet, on fixed media, on wireless and on digital devices. www.macromedia.com/ap