The Macromedia User Group Program is gone...

...long live the Adobe User Group Program!!!

The word came down from Adobe today. The hundreds of former Macromedia User Groups around the world got a new logo and a new name for the program...

Adobe User Group Program

As a result, I/we have to find a new name for the Cleveland Macromedia Users Group, change the design and get a new domain name... all in a day's work!!!

Word from Adobe (Macromedia) Developer Relations

Dear Macromedia Community Members:

By now you most likely know that Adobe has finalized its acquisition of Macromedia, combining the leading-edge technologies of two pioneering software companies. We'd like to take this opportunity to let you know what the acquisition means to you as a valued member of our community and what you can expect from Adobe in the days ahead.

With the acquisition of Macromedia, Adobe is dramatically advancing its ability to deliver a platform that provides you with powerful solutions for engaging people with digital information. We are now better positioned than ever to assist you in meeting and exceeding your business requirements and goals.

Moving forward, we will bring together some of the industry's strongest brands and most ubiquitous technologies, including Acrobat, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, PDF, ColdFusion and Flash. Customers who have relied on Adobe and Macromedia solutions will benefit from a consistent platform and common user interface, as well as the outstanding care they've come to expect from both companies.

At a high level, by bringing our technologies together, we will provide the community with the software solutions you need to meet the increasing demands of today's competitive environment. Now more than ever, we are positioned to help you securely extend the reach of your information, business processes and services to engage and interact with customers and constituents online, via mobile devices - by whatever medium you choose.

As you may know many of Macromedia's leaders are now in leadership roles at Adobe. Kevin Lynch is now Adobe's Senior Vice President and Chief Software Architect, Platform Business Unit. Kevin's responsibilities include the Flash Player, Acrobat Reader, and Developer Relations. David Mendels is now Adobe's Senior Vice President of Enterprise and Developer Solutions, and is responsible for products like Flex, ColdFusion and LiveCycle. Tom Hale is now Adobe's Senior Vice President of the Knowledge Worker Solutions Business Unit, which includes Breeze and Acrobat. And lastly, Stephen Elop, Macromedia's former President and CEO, is the President of Adobe's worldwide field organization.

Our efforts with user groups around the world, developer events and conferences, and throughout the community will continue as they always have, and we're excited about how we can enhance and expand our relationships with our development community.

We look forward to sharing more information with the community in the coming weeks. For more information about the merger, please visit www.adobe.com. If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me directly, or any of your contacts on the developerrelations team.

On behalf of all of Adobe, and the Developer Relations team in particular, I want to thank you for your continued commitment to our community, and I look forward to new opportunities to work together.

With best regards,

Sara Spalding, Director, Developer Relations sspaldin at adobe dot com

Adobe (Macromedia) user group program...

I haven't had a chance to blog since the macromedia.com website changes... you will notice a more Adobe look if you check out the macromedia.com website.

http://www.macromedia.com

Last night, I had a chance to watch a recording of a Macromedia User Group Managers/Team Macromedia session (couldn't sit in on it because of work), and I thought I would share what I am able to...

Don't expect to see any major changes in either the Macromedia User Group or the Team Macromedia programs for the short to medium term. Everything's as normal for now. There will probably be name changes coming, but they are telling us to sit tight and not act too hastily.

IE Web Dev Toolbar beta

A colleague of mine found this today:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=e59c3964-672d-4511-bb3e-2d5e1db91038&displaylang=en

It's pretty cool!

Adobe/Macromedia info on macromedia.com

This has been added to macromedia.com today:

http://www.macromedia.com/macromedia/proom/pr/2005/acquisition_clearances.html

Macromedia, the end is near... well, the name, that is...

It looks like the Adobe acquisition of Macromedia will close on Saturday:

http://www.adobe.com/aboutadobe/pressroom/pressreleases/200512/120105MACRAcquisitionClose.html

There's the ancient Chinese curse: "May you live in interesting times." Let's hope they're not TOO interesting, if you know what I mean!!! :-)

In all seriousness, I am really looking forward to the future. Back when Allaire and Macromedia were merging, I thought, "Wow, the two companies whose software I use the most will soon be a single company. What a company this will be!!! Now, only if Adobe could also merge, I'd be set!" Well, it may have taken almost five years, but it appears that I got my wish. I think the new company will finally take ColdFusion and Flex to where they should be... and I look forward to the new suites and software that comes out of this. All is good... and just in time for Christmas!!!

Macromedia Security Bulletin - Flash Player 7

There's a security issue in Flash Player 7...

This comes from a security bulletin I received in today's inbox:

MPSB05-07 Flash Player 7 Improper Memory Access Vulnerability

Learn more: http://www.macromedia.com/go/mpsb05-07

Summary:

A vulnerability in Macromedia Flash Player 7 has been identified that could allow the execution of arbitrary code.

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Solution:

The current version of Macromedia Flash Player (8.0.22.0) contains a fix for the vulnerability. Users who have already upgraded to Flash Player 8 are not affected by this issue. Macromedia recommends all Flash Player 7 and earlier users upgrade to this new version, which can be downloaded from the Macromedia Player Download Center. For customers with operating systems that do not support Flash Player 8 (Microsoft Windows 95, Microsoft Windows NT, or classic Macintosh operating systems), please refer to the Flash Player 7 update TechNote.

Macromedia Player Download Center: http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer

Flash Player 7 Update TechNote: http://www.macromedia.com/go/d9c2fe33

Big News from MAX 2005

With the Adobe acquisition imminent, many attendees thought MAX 2005 would simply be remembered as the last Macromedia conference. Macromedia, on the other hand, thought they would give us more... a lot more.

MAX 2005 will be remembered as a critical point in time for Macromedia, perhaps in web development in general, where the company took steps to make an already close relationship with its developer community even closer, pushed rich internet applications to the developer masses, and paved a direction for Macromedia that will continue long after Adobe takes over the company. Macromedia made bold moves and made big news, especially for a company about to be sold.

Although it was downplayed in the keynote, Macromedia announced something groundbreaking. The company debuted the Macromedia Labs website:

http://labs.macromedia.com

According to Macromedia Chief Software Architect Kevin Lynch, Macromedia Labs "provides an early look at emerging technologies". Labs will be the place to find information and downloads for products, toolkits and new ideas from Macromedia engineering teams. Labs will be the place for developers who want to be on the cutting edge and have early access to new technologies, to be able to learn and evaluate them for upcoming projects or for career and knowledge development.

Everything on Labs will be experimental - works in progress, and should be treated as such. Some of what will be featured on Labs may become new products, or become part of an existing product, while others may not ever make it into a release cycle.

Labs will allow developers to be a greater part of the collaboration process, as products are still being created, rather than being involved in beta programs or after a full release, when it is too late to change features of a product.

As a part of the introduction of Macromedia Labs, the entire new Flex 2 product line Alpha-quality software was released to anyone that wants it.

During the Day 1 keynote, Macromedia CEO Steven Elop outlined the Flash Platform Roadmap, which includes the Flex 2 product line, All of these products within the Flex 2 product line were made available for download on the Macromedia Labs website.

The Flex 2 product line includes the following:

Flex Framework 2 - Includes the programming model, core application services, and class library for rich Internet applications. This will allow developers who have Flex Builder to be able to develop Flex applications without the need for the Flex server (now called Flex Enterprise Services).

Flex Builder 2 - In this release, the previous Dreamweaver engine has been replaced with an all new Eclipse-based IDE, code named Zorn. There are two versions of Zorn - one is a standalone IDE, the other is a plug-in for Eclipse. Although the price has not been made official, they publicly stated that the price will be "less than $1,000". Having Flex Builder 2 and the Flex Framework will allow developers to publish .swf files compiled by the Flex Framework without the need of the Flex server, as was previously the case in Flex 1.0/1.5.

Flex Enterprise Services 2 - J2EE-based runtime services that enable enterprise-class rich Internet applications.

Flex Charting Components 2 - Extensible charting and graphing components for data visualization in Flex applications.

ActionScript 3.0 - ECMAScript-standard object-oriented programming language. Flash Player 8.5 and Flex 2 will use the new version of ActionScript. It was also announced that Flash 8 Professional and Studio owners would be given updates to Flash to allow developers to leverage AS3.

Flash Player 8.5 - This new version of the player will take advantage of the new ActionScript 3. The player is also designed with significant performance increases in mind.

Flex 2 ColdFusion Adapter - The adapter will allow ColdFusion developers to use Flex technologies, without the need for the Flex server, to build rich Internet applications. This was downplayed in the keynote, but it's going to make it really easy to develop Flex applications using ColdFusion... and without the Flex server.

During the Day 1 Keynote, Macromedia also announced their next generation Flash player, code named "Apollo". Apollo has been dubbed "The Universal Client". Apollo will be a "Flash + HTML" client, with such planned features as:

- Scripting & Displaying Integration - Data Synchronization - Online/Offline capabilities - Desktop integration - Notification - One-click installation - Update Management - Secure Sandbox

To explain the potential of Apollo, Macromedia Senior Vice President Mike Sundermeyer presented a concept application where a user's entertainment library was fully indexed and integrated with ecommerce, email, messaging, media center and other dynamic content into one intuitive application.

ColdFusion, although not specific demonstrated in the keynote, was mentioned several times during the Day 1 Keynote. Both Macromedia CEO Steven Elop and Adobe CEO Bruce Chizen, who concluded the Day 1 Keynote, clearly stated ColdFusion along with Flex and Flash as the future. The new Flex ColdFusion adapter fits with Macromedia's vision that ColdFusion is the best solution for rich internet application back end development.

In conclusion, MAX 2005 wasn't the end of days for Macromedia. It was a prelude to wonderful new things to come as part of the Adobe family.

MAX Keynote Videos

Yeah... I know... I am still behind on my MAX reports... but here's something you can all look at while you wait for my own interpretation of MAX.

Macromedia has released Videos from the Day 1 and 2 Keynotes...

http://www.macromedia.com/macromedia/events/max/max2005/video/