Originally Published: Tuesday, 5 October 1999 Author: Jeff Alami
Published to: Press Releases/M2 PressWIRE Page: 1/1 - [Std View]

Macromedia Generator 2 ships, delivers solution for generated graphical web cont

Macromedia also announced that Generator will be available for Red Hat Linux, IBM AIX and Sun Solaris platforms in November.

M2 PRESSWIRE-5 October 1999-San Francisco, CA -- Macromedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: MACR) announced today that it shipped Macromedia Generator 2, the solution for personalizing, automating, and visualizing graphical content for high-impact Web sites. Macromedia also announced that Generator will be available for Red Hat Linux, IBM AIX and Sun Solaris platforms in November, in addition to the Windows 95, 98 and NT version currently shipping.

Generator 2 provides a solution for sites delivering e-commerce, e-business, advertising, news and information services, and financial services. It delivers targeted, real-time graphics and interactivity for Web sites that feature on-demand content. Leading consulting firms Ogilvy Worldwide/Detroit and Braincraft are using Generator (see separate release) as part of their solution for customers who want Web sites combining interactive graphics, charts, tables and animations with up-to-the-minute information.

"With Generator 2, Macromedia enables sites to change at the speed of thought," said Diane Rogers, Vice President of Product Management and Marketing for Macromedia's Web Publishing group. "Through its open architecture, Generator 2 speeds not only the creative process but also the integration of dynamic content with leading business platforms."

Generator 2 will run for the first time on Red Hat Linux and IBM AIX, bringing its scalable, open architecture to the platforms commonly deployed for business-critical e-commerce and e-business sites.

"Linux powers many of the leading Web sites on the Internet today," said Linus Torvalds, inventor of the Linux operating system. "By supporting Linux, Macromedia enables the growing Linux community to deliver rich, visual information using Generator 2."

"IBM is excited to announce the development of Macromedia's Generator 2 on the award winning RS/6000 platform. Generator 2 provides high-impact Web sites with a stunning, visual experience and personalized content created on demand," said Steve Sibley, Director of UNIX Partners in Development at IBM. "Pairing Generator 2 with any of IBM's RS/6000 family of products -- from the recently announced low-cost, high-density B50 rack mounted servers to state-of-the-art SMP enterprise servers -- is the perfect match of dazzling content and record breaking performance and reliability."

Generator 2 now supports Java Servlets technology, and its standards-based API, enabling Generator 2 to provide a simple, robust, and powerful object framework.

"Because both Generator 2 and the recently released Sun-Netscape Alliance iPlanet Web Server, Enterprise Edition 4.0 support Java servlets, Generator 2 can easily plug into the industry's leading Web server platform," said Steven Nathan, Sun-Netscape Alliance Vice President, Web Hosting. "And, when used together, iPlanet Web Server and Generator can rapidly deliver rich, dynamic graphics. We recently announced that an evaluation version of Generator 2 will be shipped with the iPlanet Web Server, Enterprise Edition 4.0 so that our customers can experience lightning fast, real-time graphical content delivery."

About Generator 2

Macromedia Generator 2 reduces development times by separating the design of a Web graphic from the information contained within the graphic, enabling the graphic to be created on-the-fly. Free authoring templates used within the Macromedia Flash 4 development environment, for both Windows and MacOS, work with the Generator server software to dynamically merge the templates with media located anywhere, such as databases or URLs. Generator delivers various graphic formats ranging from GIF to Flash to QuickTime 4.

Pricing, Availability and Maintenance

Pricing for Generator 2 across all platforms starts at $2,999 per processor with upgrades at $1,499 and annual maintenance and support at $1,299. The Generator authoring extensions for Flash 4 can be downloaded free from www.macromedia.com/software/generator. Generator 2 is currently available for Windows NT with Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) 3.0 and 4.0, Personal Web Server 4.0, and Sun-Netscape Alliance's iPlanet Web Server, Enterprise Edition 4.0. In November, Generator will be available on IBM AIX, Red Hat Linux 6.0 with Apache, and Sun Solaris with Apache, Netscape Enterprise Server 3.5 or 3.6, and the Sun-Netscape Alliance's iPlanet Web Server, Enterprise Edition 4.0.


Macromedia's mission is to add life to the Web. By providing its award-winning Web Publishing solutions to Web designers, consumers, and the enterprise, Macromedia is delivering a completely new generation of Internet technologies designed to transform the Web experience. Headquartered in San Francisco, Macromedia (NASDAQ: MACR) has more than 550 employees worldwide and is available on the Internet at http://www.macromedia.com.