Macromedia has announced product upgrades across its Web-design range.
They include Dreamweaver 4, Fireworks 4 and Dreamweaver UltraDev 4 and will ship in December.
The upgrades include enhanced features and new functions. Improvements include better layer accessibility and control and a streamlined "round-trip" editing solution also appears. The user interface has been standardized across the upgrades and is more closely integrated with industry standards. Cross-product integration has also been refined.
Additions include a Launcher Bar, which permits one-click Panel launching for quick editing and control. The solutions also offer shortcuts for common or repetitive tasks using the applications' built-in Batch Wizard feature.
Fireworks 4 offers more ease of use and improved control and navigation. Designers can also change the controls to those of Fireworks 3, if they wish to continue to operate through its familiar interface.
Dreamweaver now has the ability to draw-out table cells in the new Layout Table mode, and the integrated text editor has been updated with many BBEdit-like features. Check out Macworld's Hot Stuff when it goes online today for a full list of features and enhancements in all the revised applications.
Macromedia has also recently announced over a dozen new extensions for Dreamweaver and Fireworks. These are available for download free from the Macromedia Exchange site. These extensions are available to make life easier for developers and designers alike and include the Accessibility Extension, and InstaGraphics Extensions.
Pricing for the full products: Dreamweaver 4/Fireworks 4 Studio ESP, £349; Dreamweaver UltraDev/Fireworks 4 Studio, £499; Dreamweaver 4 £229; Fireworks 4, £229; Dreamweaver UltraDev £399.
Pricing for upgrades: Dreamweaver 3 to 4, £99; Fireworks 3 to 4, £99; Dreamweaver/Fireworks studio, £149; Dreamweaver 3 to Dreamweaver UltraDev 4.0, £199; Dreamweaver 3 to Dreamweaver UltraDev 4/Fireworks 4 Studio, £249; Dreamweaver UltraDev 1.0 to Dreamweaver UltraDev 4, £99.