Macromedia is replacing its Windows-only Drumbeat Web development software with a new Mac-compatible program, Dreamweaver UltraDev.
The new product, based on the Dreamweaver core architecture, will be released in June 2000.
UltraDev is a solution for designing, managing and deploying database-driven Web applications, using technologies such as Active Server Pages (ASP), JavaServer Pages (JSP) and ColdFusion Markup Language (CFML). This differs from Dreamweaver, which is designed to create HTML Web sites and not dynamic Web applications.
Developers can connect Web pages to any Object Database Connectivity(ODBC), Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) or ActiveX Data Objects (ADO) database including Oracle, Sybase, Informix, Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Access. An advantage of UltraDev, according to Macromedia, is its inclusion of visual- and source-editing tools, allowing developers to have total control over the code. Live data can be viewed and tested in the workspace, and server-side logic, navigation and interactivity can be added.
While the application does not include any e-commerce specific features, Macromedia says that extensions will be available for download through the company's network of developers. Recently announced was Macromedia Exchange for Dreamweaver, an online community where techies can search for and download a variety of extensions built by developers and third-parties.
Dreamweaver sites will work in UltraDev, as the product reads, recognizes and parses HTML. This is also true for files built in other applications like Cold Fusion Studio and FrontPage.
UltraDev is compatible with Mac OS 8.6 and later. Pricing is £399, with a special offer of £199 open to registered owners of Dreamweaver. Educational pricing is also available.