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2 posts in April 2003.

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New products for Flash and Flash Remoting. . .and MMs pricing strategy

Tuesday, April 22, 2003 12:32:39 PM

Macromedia released the Data Connection Kit today (http://www.macromedia.com/macromedia/proom/pr/2003/data_connection.html). This looks really impressive and should be a nice addition to the Flash Remoting arsenal. The price is $299, which seems reasonable for what you are getting. More info at http://www.macromedia.com/go/dck

The DRK 3 is being released today as well. I haven't seen this yet, but it looks like the best DRK yet -- especially for Flash and CF developers. More info at http://www.macromedia.com/go/drk

Here is my problem with the pricing structure that MM has in place: Flash Remoting is available for ColdFusion as a freebie. If you have CF MX, you have Flash Remoting. This is great for CF developers. Many organizations are running the Pro version server, which can be had for about $800. The end result of this infiltration is that many people are beginning to develop Flash Remoting applications on ColdFusion servers, whereas if they had to purchase another server component, they would not be likely to dive into the technology.

The same cannot be said for Java or ASP.NET versions of the servers. Priced at $1000, it is more money than most developers can afford to spend, and more money than hosts are willing to put into a server if noone needs it or asks for it. It's a vicious circle. A developer is not going to build a Flash Remoting app if they can't find a host for it. You can get Windows 2003 Server fully set up for ASP.NET for less money than it costs to install the Flash Remoting DLL that fits on a floppy disk.

For Flash Remoting to succeed, MM should be making it a point to get Flash Remoting onto every ASP.NET and Java server that they can. This means lowering the price. When Flash Remoting first came out I was dumbfounded at the announced price. I can see that MM needs to make money, but if Flash Remoting becomes successful, they can sell thousands or tens of thousands of components, DRKs, and other add-ons, rather than trying to make the money in the server product. I think $99 is a good price for a server component like the Flash Remoting DLL. I don't think they'd sell 10 times more -- I think they'd sell many times that.

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Community MX site is live

Thursday, April 10, 2003 10:48:00 PM

A new site specifically geared towards Macromedia MX development has been launched -- Community MX. The site is created and maintained by 30 experts in the web development field. There is content for Flash MX, Dreamweaver MX, ColdFusion MX, Fireworks MX, and more. I have joined this venture as well, and I have to say that it looks like this will be an excellent resource for Studio MX development. Check out the free trial: http://www.communitymx.com

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