Tools in Macromedia's products will now be consistent from program to program.
New Paragraph and Text Option palettes add dynamic text functionality.
Transform and Align palettes allow for skewing, rotating and aligning objects in a composition.
NEWS JULY 24, 2000
Flash 5 Gets New Interface
Major upgrade due out in September
[Editor's note: We had planned on posting a comprehensive first look at Flash 5 this evening, but that has been delayed. Please stay tuned this week for more Flash details, along with examples and tutorials.]
Macromedia says it's giving Flash a major overhaul, including a whole new interface, for the new version due out in September, with a Flash 5 player scheduled for an August release. The company says the new interface in Flash is the first implementation of a standard interface that will appear in all Macromedia authoring products. Tools will also be consistent across all of Macromedia's authoring line (including a new Bezier pen tool), as will menu organization and keyboard shortcuts. (Flash 5 will also have customizable shortcuts.)
"Within the next six months, the majority of our customers will enjoy a seamless authoring experience across the products they use most often," said Tom Hale, senior vice president of product management, in a prepared statement. "Customers have told us they want a consistent yet customizable UI, and we're committed to delivering on that vision."
Macromedia Flash content will benefit from the tight integration with Macromedia Generatorú Developer Edition for automating Macromedia Flash production workflows. Macromedia FreeHand users will benefit from the ability to import native FreeHand files directly into Macromedia Flash, maintaining the design integrity of the file.
New features in Flash 5 will include:
Macromedia Flash 5 is expected to ship in September. The product is available in a standalone version for $399 or as part of the Flash 5 FreeHand 9 Studio for $599. Registered users of Macromedia Flash can upgrade to Flash 5 for $149 or the Macromedia Flash 5 FreeHand 9 Studio for $249. Professional developers who are registered users of Macromedia Flash can purchase the Flash 5 Generator 2 Pro Developer Upgrade for $648. It includes Macromedia Generator 2 Developer Edition at half of its $999 price until Dec. 29. For more information, visit http://www.macromedia.com.
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