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When Macromedia first announced last year that it would be joining the old UCon and DevCon together, combining the best of the two events into "Macromedia MAX 2003" - subsequently held in Salt Lake City in November - there were the inevitable rumblings in the user/developer community. By now, however, everyone has seen that not only did joining those two events make good business sense, it also made sense in the context of the enormous impetus that it gave to the MX product suite. Last month's announcement of the "MX 2004" product line, with its new versions of Dreamweaver, Flash, and Fireworks, as well as Macromedia Flash MX Professional 2004, ought to have silenced anyone who still had any lingering doubts. Whether looking at new building blocks like the MX Elements for Flash and the MX Elements for HTML, or at the new look-and-feel for Internet applications, call... (more)

MAX 2003 Show Report

In last month's issue of CFDJ, Simon Horwith reported on MAX 2003 and all it had to offer. Here, we follow CFDJ editor-in-chief Rob Diamond as he checked out the floor of MAX 2003. activePDF is a leading provider of PDF creation, conversion, and development tools for Windows, offering the ability to dynamically create PDFs from over 280 file types, including HTML, as well as numerous PDF manipulation features. Affinity Internet has been providing feature-rich services and solutions since 1996 and is the leading Web hosting services provider. Affinity operates multiple hosting b... (more)

Interview... with Todd Peters of Paper Thin, Inc.

CFDJ: Tell us about PaperThin and what you do. Peters: PaperThin markets and distributes a content management product based completely on ColdFusion - the CommonSpot Content Server. It targets organizations with intranets, Internets, and extranets that have distributed content management needs. CommonSpot enables nontechnical users to publish and manage the content within their site. Ideally, it's for managing the unstructured data within an organization and letting business users create, update, and manage content and its delivery, as well as managing those involved in the publi... (more)

Blackstone...

The name on everyone's lips these days is Blackstone, the current code name for the next release of ColdFusion, which is coming in early 2005. Look for beta testing to start later in 2004, with info on Macromedia's site when that becomes available. Folks around the country have been getting a sneak peek at many of the features from Ben Forta, who's been on a whirlwind user group tour that just wrapped up. How he travels so much, I don't know, but thankfully for those of us bound to the homefront, he's put a report online at www.macromedia.com/devnet/mx/coldfusion/articles/blacks... (more)

A Suggested New Year's Resolution

ColdFusion as a whole faces many challenges in the year ahead, as does each of us in the CF development community. These challenges range from those beyond our individual control, like the economy, to things that we can control like our skillsets. Then there are the unexpected challenges that get thrown at us - hackers, and whatever else crops up along the way to interfere with our sleep. There's no magic solution to these problems, but there is a very easy way to get help with each of them, and that's to get involved in the CF community. Subscribing to CFDJ is a great start, an... (more)