updated 10:05 am EST, Thu March 27, 2003
Macromedia today unveiled , which extends Macromedia Flash beyond the browser and provides "a streamlined way for users to interact with information while freeing them from relying on an Internet connection. [It] delivers an application metaphor to tackle this new world of information by providing instant delivery of applications, a try/buy infrastructure, support for occasionally connected computing, cooperative applications, and open data formats." Central ships with try/buy functionality, as well as a transaction infrastructure to enable end users to easily purchase applications and evelopers will be able to leverage the product's software update feature to ensure their users always have the latest version of their software. Central ships with an Application Finder to enable users to find details, cost, popularity rating, and other relevant information about specific applications. It will be free and will ship this summer.