Macromedia has announced Flash 5, its Web-authoring and interactivity tool.

The software includes an improved user-interface, FreeHand import, Bezier Tools and XML Transfer support.

Flash 5 also features Macromedia Developer Edition support, to automate workflows, and Shared Symbols libraries, for organizing and reusing shared assets across a single project.

Macromedia has also added Web-Native Printing, to improve the quality of prints from the Web, and Movie Explorer for sorting and viewing hierarchical document structures.

Flash 5 will ship in September. The full version will cost £259, an upgrade from version 4 will cost £99. Flash FreeHand bundle will cost £399 (all prices exclude VAT).