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updated 10:15 am EDT, Tue March 27, 2007

Adobe updates Web apps

In addition to Photoshop CS3 and InDesign CS3, Adobe today launched new versions of Dreamweaver CS3 for Web-design and layout, Fireworks CS3 for Web graphics, and Contribute CS3 for easily updating Web content. The company's Dreamweaver CS3 brings new tools to visually design, develop, and deploy dynamic user interfaces using the Spry framework for Ajax. The framework for Ajax is a JavaScript library for Web designers that supports building pages that provide a richer experience for users. "Unlike other Ajax frameworks, Spry is accessible to both designers and developers alike, as 99 percent of it is actually HTML," the company claims. The new version of Dreamweaver also features Spry widgets (common user interface components) and effects, advanced Photoshop CS3 integration, browser compatibility check, a CSS Advisor, new CSS starter layouts, advanced CSS management, Adobe Device Center and Adobe Bridge CS3.

Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.4.8 and will be a Universal Binary for both Intel-based or PowerPC-based Macs; it is expected to ship in the second quarter of 2007 for $400.

Fireworks CS3

Adobe's Fireworks CS3 is aimed at accelerating Web design and development, enabling Web designers to create and optimize images for the Web while rapidly prototyping websites and Web applications. Fireworks CS3 offers the flexibility to edit both vector and bitmap images, a common library of prebuilt assets, and integration with Adobe Photoshop CS3, Illustrator CS3, Dreamweaver CS3, and Flash CS3 software.

Fireworks CS3 features rich new symbols, export capability, and integration with other Adobe tools. The latest release offers Mac and Windows support, Adobe Photoshop as well as Illustrator integration, and hierarchical layer organization. Fireworks includes intelligent scaling, multipage support, RIA layout prototyping, customizable assets, Photoshop blend modes, and Adobe Bridge integration.

Adobe Fireworks CS3 is available for pre-order for $300, with upgrades starting at $150.

Contribute CS3

Adobe's Contribute CS3 enables content authors to quickly set up existing websites and blogs while maintaining site integrity without requiring technical expertise, according to the company.

Contribute CS3 enables users to update multiple websites and blogs from a single application, and supports publishing to Web pages or blogs from within Microsoft Office applications. The latest release of Contribute includes "What You See Is What You Get" (WYSIWYG) website and blog templates alongside drag-and-drop support for FLV uploads.

Users can work on blogs while offline, embed documents as PDF within Web pages or blogs, and edit Web pages from within Internet Explorer 7 or Firefox 2 Web browsers Intel-based Macs or Windows Vista systems.

Adobe Contribute CS3 is available for pre-order for $150, with upgrades priced from $80.

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