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Review: Macromedia Studio 8

In its latest release, Macromedia reconfigures its Studio Suite with updates of Dreamweaver, fireworks and flash professional, plus two new components.

Not to be forgotten, FlashPaper 2 and Contribute 3 are both useful additions to the Studio suite. Contribute 3 is a great way for nontechnical users to edit a site. It can be a little dangerous, so you won't want to point them at a production site, but for changes to content that need to be made by a business or nontechnical user, Contribute 3 can alleviate the need for IT to be involved with every little change to text on a site. Contribute lets the user send the changes made to a reviewer for approval. Although not nearly as robust as a content-management system, it's still a great little tool for managing small sites.

FlashPaper 2 shows up as a tiny menu bar within Microsoft Office documents. The synergy between Adobe and Macromedia begins to show here, with the option to convert a document to either Flash or PDF. A single click of the mouse and documents are instantly converted to the specified format.

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