Macromedia unites multiple media types

Macromedia on Tuesday is set to announce availability of Macromedia Flash Communication Server MX, which unites communications and applications to boost Web sites, the company said.

To be unveiled at the company's Flashforward conference in New York, The server integrates support for streaming media, real-time collaboration, and multiway video, audio, and text messaging. The technology can be used by the 1.4 million Flash developers, according to the company.

Developers can add communication and collaboration functions to Web sites and rich Internet applications, San Francisco-based Macromedia said. For example, companies can offer features such as stock information, online learning, and sales communications information within a single user experience.

"It is a communications server that sits alongside an application server [and] it enables people to build applications for adding multiple points of communication functionality to their existing Web content," said Chris Hock, Macromedia director of product marketing. Functionality such as live audio can be added without requiring tools such as custom players, Hock said.

Use of the server at Aspect Communications Corp., a developer of call center software, has enabled the company to host online broadcasts without paying outside hosting fees.

"Since it is a program based on a server, we don't pay outside company fees for hosting on demand or hosting as a live event," said Ronald Biggs, a consultant at San Jose, Calif.-based Aspect. "It becomes basically a one-time fixed fee."

In addition, the server automatically converts PowerPoint content to a Flash format, retaining all animation, Biggs said.

Content and applications for the server can be developed using Macromedia Flash MX for Macintosh or Windows. The server can be integrated with Java and Microsoft .Net application servers and other Web infrastructure, according to Macromedia.

On the client side, the communications server leverages Macromedia Flash Player 6 to receive and transmit video, audio, and data.

Macromedia Flash Communication Server MX, which runs on Windows, starts at US$4,500 for the Professional Edition for a one-year subscription.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Paul Krill

PC World
Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?