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Adobe LiveMotion 2.0 Advances Web Animation and Interactivity

New Version Gives Designers and Developers Powerful Scripting Capabilities and Unmatched Creative Freedom (January 07, 2002)
Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE), the leader in network publishing, today announced Adobe LiveMotion 2.0, the new version of the company's professional Web graphics and Flash animation tool. LiveMotion 2.0 gives Web designers and developers a fast and efficient way to create interactive content and animation for the Web.

LiveMotion 2.0 completes the Adobe design workflow by providing unmatched integration with Adobe's family of professional Web design and dynamic media tools, including Adobe Photoshop, GoLive and After Effects. The product's powerful and intuitive design features -- including an enhanced timeline model -- let Web professionals flex their creativity while greatly reducing production time.

Additionally, LiveMotion 2.0 fits easily into existing Flash (SWF) workflows by including full ActionScript support that allows designers and developers to create dynamic, interactive and animated content in a variety of formats, including SWF and QuickTime.

"Making our sites visually compelling is a top priority, and to do this we need professional-level scripting capabilities that help us work more efficiently without complicating our workflow or getting in the way of our design vision," said Uri Ar, creative director of Media Farm. "The ActionScript support and automated scripting within LiveMotion help us accelerate our workflow, enabling us to create professional animations and interactivity in a fraction of the time it takes with other tools." Media Farm has developed interactive media products for clients such as the American Museum of Natural History, SEI Investments, Cityfeet, Harper Collins, Edison Schools, NYU, and Mixed Greens.

In addition to supporting ActionScript, the entire authoring environment in LiveMotion can be automated and extended through JavaScript. The new Live Tabs feature allows developers and Web professionals with minimal coding experience to extend LiveMotion with custom tools for applying complex scripting, building animations and streamlining repetitive tasks.

The scripting tool set in LiveMotion gives developers unmatched code control by including a comprehensive Script Editor with syntax coloring, code management, and search and replace. It also includes an integrated preview mode and source-level script debugger that supports breakpoints, allowing developers to step through code line-by-line to isolate and resolve errors.

The tight integration of LiveMotion with Adobe's industry-standard content creation tools includes converting native, layered Photoshop and Illustrator artwork to animation-ready objects in a single step, while keeping the artwork editable in its native applications. With GoLive 6.0 (also announced today), Web designers can integrate Flash (SWF) and QuickTime content created in LiveMotion into GoLive HTML pages for dynamic, rich media Web sites. With LiveMotion 2.0, users can also import content from After Effects 5.5, apply interactivity and optimize it for Web output.

Pricing and Availability

In the United States and Canada, Adobe LiveMotion 2.0 for Mac OS (9.1, 9.2 and 10.1) and Windows (XP, 2000, 98, and ME) is expected to ship in the first quarter of 2002. The estimated street price in the United States for LiveMotion 2.0 is $399 (U.S.), with a limited time introductory price of $199 (U.S.). LiveMotion 2.0 is also available as a bundle with GoLive 6.0 at the package price of $449 (U.S.) in the United States.

Adobe is also announcing the Adobe Web Collection 4.0, which includes new versions of Adobe GoLive and Adobe LiveMotion, as well as Adobe Photoshop 6.0 and Adobe Illustrator 10. The Web Collection 4.0 is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2002.

About Adobe Systems Incorporated

Founded in 1982, Adobe Systems Incorporated ( builds award-winning software solutions for network publishing, including Web, ePaper, print, video, wireless and broadband applications. Its graphic design, imaging, dynamic media and authoring tools enable customers to create, manage and deliver visually-rich, reliable content. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., Adobe is the second-largest PC software company in the U.S., with annual revenues exceeding $1.2 billion.

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