Macromedia heeft aangekondigd dat Flash 5 in september wordt uitgebracht. De nieuwe versie heeft een gebruiksvriendelijker inferfeesje waardoor het eenvoudiger wordt om Flash filmpjes bij elkaar te klikken. Voor de volledige versie moet 399 dollar neergelegd worden en een upgrade kost 149 dollar:
[...] Macromedia Flash 5 is immediately more accessible due to the newly redesigned user interface that simplifies the process of inspecting and editing Macromedia Flash content. A new Bézier pen tool in Macromedia Flash 5 complements the product's innovative natural drawing tools and enables traditional illustrators accustomed to technical drawing tools to easily work within the authoring environment. Macromedia FreeHand users will benefit from the ability to import native FreeHand files directly into Macromedia Flash, maintaining the design integrity of the file. Another new addition to the authoring environment is "Smart Clips," components of complex interactivity such as user interface widgets or multiple choice forms that can be shared, reused, and customized for any Macromedia Flash development need. Publishing features in Macromedia Flash 5 ensure that authors can easily deploy content for the huge installed base of Macromedia Flash Players and also add new functionality for exporting content for synchronized playback in RealNetworks' RealPlayer.
Macromedia Flash 5 is also tightly integrated with Macromedia Generator, the solution for delivering dynamic visual content. The Macromedia Generator 2 Developer Edition, available bundled with the Macromedia Flash 5 upgrade at a special price, is the data-driven solution for automating the production of Macromedia Flash Web sites by separating design from content, which reduces maintenance time and increases productivity.
[...] PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
Macromedia Flash 5 is expected to ship in September of 2000. The product is available in a standalone version for $399, or as part of the Macromedia Flash 5 FreeHand 9 Studio for $599. Registered users of Macromedia Flash can upgrade to Macromedia Flash 5 for $149 or the Macromedia Flash 5 FreeHand 9 Studio for $249. Professional developers who are registered users of Macromedia Flash can purchase the Flash 5 Generator 2 Pro Developer Upgrade for $648. This offering includes Macromedia Generator 2 Developer Edition at half of its $999 price until December 29, 2000.