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Adobe LiveMotion 2.0 Coming to OS X

New release slated for first quarter By Dave Nagel
News of LiveMotion 2.0's imminent arrival isn't exactly a big secret. But Adobe made it official today, saying that the software will definitely ship in the first quarter of this year for Mac OS X and OS 9 and various Windows systems. LiveMotion is Adobe's competitor to Macromedia Flash. The authoring environment is similar in some ways to After Effects (especially the timeline), but it adds multimedia features and output to the .SWF and QuickTime formats.

The latest release offers a new feature sorely lacking from the 1.x release--support for scripting. It offers full support for ActionScript and also allows for automated JavaScripting. Adobe says the goal is to make scripting accessible to those with little coding experience.

In a press release issued today, Adobe said: "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."

Complete details of scripting support were not available at press time. We'll be sure to bring you updates as they become available.

Adobe says the new version has also received an overhauled look, including an enhanced timeline. As with other Adobe products, LiveMotion 2 is designed to integrate with other software packages, including GoLive 6.0, which ws also announced today.

Adobe LiveMotion 2.0 is expected to ship in the first quarter of 2002 for $399, with a limited introductory price of $199 . LiveMotion 2.0 is also available as a bundle with GoLive 6 for $449. 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. For more information, visit

Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at [email protected].

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