Macromedia adds communications to server software

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San Francisco--Macromedia Tuesday announced the release of Flash Communications MX, new server software that provides developers with tools for adding chat, voice, interactive video and other communications features to Web sites.

Macromedia said its server ties a variety of Web technologies together with pre-built components. "Combining streaming, messaging, and real-time communication capabilities into a single server that uses Macromedia Flash Player 6 as the client will forever change communications on the Internet," said Jonathan Gay, Macromedia VP-engineering, in a statement.

On the client, the communication server takes advantage of Macromedia Flash Player 6 to receive and transmit video, audio and data. The server, which runs on Windows, can be downloaded from the Macromedia Online Store (

The Personal Edition costs $499; pricing for Professional Edition starts at $4,500 and includes a one-year software subscription.

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