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Macromedia Flash Player 7 for Linux now Available

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Macromedia Flash Player 7 for Linux now Available

New version improves security and performance

AUCKLAND, New Zealand- May 27, 2004 - Macromedia (Nasdaq: MACR) announced the immediate availability of Macromedia Flash Player 7 for Linux. This new version of Macromedia Flash Player, the leading rich Internet client, offers improved performance and security and powerful new development capabilities. Macromedia Flash Player is bundled with Linux operating systems distributed by Novell, Red Hat, Sun Microsystems, and Turbolinux (see attached quote sheet). For more information on Flash Player 7, or to download it, visit http://www.macromedia.com/go/flashplayer/.

"Macromedia is committed to the Linux platform and wants to make sure Linux users can experience the proven effectiveness of Flash technology on their platform of choice," said Jeff Whatcott, vice president of product management, Macromedia. "Developers can now take advantage of the breakthrough performance and advanced capabilities of Flash Player 7, enabling them to deliver a consistent cross-platform experience."

The world's most ubiquitous rich client, Macromedia Flash Player is installed across more than 98 percent of Internet-connected desktops and a growing number of mobile devices. Flash Player is the high performance runtime for effective rich Internet applications created with the recently released Macromedia Flex presentation server and expressive interactive content created with the Macromedia Flash authoring tool. Developers worldwide rely on the integrated graphics, video, audio, and data capabilities of Flash Player to deliver the most engaging and effective experiences on the web. Engineers from Sun Microsystems and Macromedia worked together to port the Flash Player code to the Linux platform.

"We are pleased to have worked closely with Macromedia to help bring Flash Player 7 to the Linux platform," said Curtis Sasaki, vice president of desktop solutions, Sun Microsystems. "The integration of Flash Player 7 into the Sun Java Desktop System will enable our joint customers to view the rich, interactive Flash content that is so widely used on websites worldwide."

Flash Player 7 offers increased performance and ensures a consistent cross-platform experience. With support for Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Flash Player enables developers to blend HTML and Flash with consistent formatting. New support for Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) web services connectivity allows developers to create rich Internet application user interfaces that handle enterprise data in a service-oriented architecture.

"Our company has built a rich Internet application using Flash Player on Linux that delivers a point-of-sale system for more than 700 sales staff members that retains the look and feel of their previous system, which reduced training costs," said Chris Peterson, consultant, MediaSuite Communications. "With the updated Flash Player now on Linux, we will be able to deliver even better performance, additional multimedia capabilities, and proven stability to our users, as well as deliver applications created with Macromedia Flex."

ABOUT MACROMEDIA

Experience matters. Macromedia is motivated by the belief that great experiences build great businesses. Our software empowers millions of business users, developers, and designers to create and deliver effective, compelling, and memorable experiences - on the Internet, on fixed media, on wireless, and on digital devices.

LINUX PLATFORM PARTNERS EXPRESS SUPPORT FOR FLASH PLAYER

Novell

"Novell is committed to providing the world's best enterprise Linux desktop. The inclusion of Macromedia Flash Player helps Novell give users the desktop capabilities they want and need." - Charlie Ungashick, director of product marketing and management for Linux desktops, Novell

Red Hat

"The availability of Macromedia Flash Player 7 for Linux is an indicator of the growing demand for rich applications certified for the Linux client. Red Hat currently makes Macromedia solutions available with Red Hat Desktop and looks forward to integrating future versions." - Deb Woods, vice president of product management, Red Hat

Turbolinux

"Turbolinux's focus is simple; to respond to the requests of our customers. When those requests pointed to the ability of viewing rich media content right out of the box, we were thrilled that Macromedia was more than willing to partner with us to offer Flash support for our customers." - Koichi Yano, president & COO, Turbolinux, Inc.

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Copyright 2004 Macromedia, Inc. All rights reserved. Macromedia, the Macromedia logo, Macromedia Flash, and Macromedia Flex are trademarks or registered trademarks of Macromedia, Inc., which may be registered in the United States and internationally. Other product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

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