On the eve of Internet World in San Jose, California, Macromedia
has unveiled a set of
applets to help designers give their Web pages a jolt of Java and Shockwave.
The company today posted six PowerApplets--small
programs that add multimedia elements to Web pages without requiring
programming--to its Web site. Three of the applets, Icons, SlideShow, and
Animator, provide designers with
graphical, animated screen elements such as bullets, navigation buttons, and
other icons that can be embedded in Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) pages and viewed from any browser
that has Macromedia's Shockwave plug-in for displaying interactive movies.
The other three applet--Banners, Bullets, and Charts--are based on the same
idea of prepackaging basic animations for Web pages but are written in with
Sun Microsystems' Java.
According to Macromedia, this initial set of six PowerApplets are only the
beginning of a long line of animation add-ons.
"We'll be extending the PowerApplet range so we'll have more small pieces of
functionality with a multimedia spin," said Joe Dunn, vice president of
product management at Macromedia. "This is intended to get our customers
comfortable developing with Java."
The first set of six will be available for free downloading for the next 60 days, but then the company will start selling the PowerApplets on a
Macromedia also today began shipping the general version of its
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