Macromedia Flash Player 5 Available for Linux and Solaris Platforms

Broad Penetration Ensures Macromedia Flash 5 Content can Be Viewed on All

Leading Platforms

Feb 19, 2001, 00:00 ET from Macromedia, Inc.

    SAN FRANCISCO, flashforward2001, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ --
 Macromedia, Inc. (Nasdaq:   MACR) today announced the availability of the
 Macromedia(R) Flash(TM) Player 5 for the Linux and Solaris(TM) platforms, in
 addition to the existing Windows and Macintosh versions.  Macromedia Flash 5
 is the standard for producing high-impact Web experiences.
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     "As a Web design company that develops Macromedia Flash solutions, we're
 thrilled to see Macromedia's continued commitment to cross-platform
 compatibility," said Colin Moock, Web Evangelist, ICE Inc.  "Our customers
 demand the broadest possible audience for their Web content, and
 Macromedia Flash Player 5 for both Linux and Solaris(TM) helps us ensure that
 broad reach."
     Leading companies like Disney, Excite@Home, Ford, and General Motors use
 Macromedia Flash to deliver engaging, branded experiences online.  The broad
 penetration of the Macromedia Flash Player ensures developers can author
 content that can be immediately viewed by nearly every person online.
 Macromedia Flash Player, the most distributed software in the history of the
 Web, reaches more than 96 percent of Web desktops.
     "Our customers have eagerly been anticipating the Macromedia Flash
 Player 5 which is a great fit with our Sun Ray(TM) appliances, especially in
 the education market," said Sal Cobar, director of marketing and business
 development, Sun Ray Appliances, Sun Microsystems, Inc.  "Macromedia Flash
 Player 5's high-impact Web animation technology combined with the ease-of-use
 of Sun Ray systems can dramatically enhance the learning experience for
 students and teachers.  We're working closely with Macromedia to bring current
 and future versions of Macromedia Flash to Sun's Solaris operating
     "The Macromedia Flash Player is the standard for delivering engaging
 experiences to the broadest range of platforms and devices," said
 Peter Goldie, vice president of product management, Macromedia.  "The
 reliability of the Macromedia Flash Player ensures developers can deliver a
 consistent user experience across all of these multiple platforms and
     Developers can deliver complex Web applications with advanced features in
 the Macromedia Flash Player 5.  The player is tightly integrated with leading
 server technologies such as Extensible Markup Language (XML), for structured
 data transfer, and Macromedia Generator, for delivering server-created,
 real-time visual content to data-intensive, content-rich, highly-trafficked
 sites.  The player also has support for HTML formatted text within Macromedia
 Flash content, as well as the ability to maintain a persistent connection
 between the lightweight client and server to share real-time XML information
 for mission-critical business applications.
     The free Macromedia Flash Player 5 for both Linux and Solaris platforms is
 available at .
     About Macromedia
     Macromedia is passionate about what the Web can be.  Its award-winning
 products empower developers to provide the most engaging experiences on the
 Web, and enable more effective e-business.  Headquartered in San Francisco,
 Macromedia has more than 1,200 employees worldwide and is available on the
 Internet at
     NOTE:  Macromedia and Flash are trademarks or registered trademarks of
 Macromedia, Inc., as indicated.
     Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, Solaris and Sun Ray are trademarks or
 registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other

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