Macromedia release tech notes for MX 2004 bugs

Screen flicker (=accelelerate your hardware!), loss of site definitions (=back them up!), Slow performance on Macintosh OS X (=update your machine), Floating panel icons apear in Windows taskbar (=can't help, sorry), Trial version times out after installation (= try deactivating virus scans for a month. Good one!) 



Net guru peers into web's future

The inventor of the web, Tim Berners-Lee, outlines his ideas for a more "intelligent" web in an interview with the BBC programme, Go Digital.

Go Digital: The worldwide web (WWW) transformed the internet from an academic reference tool to an everyday source of information as useful and almost as easy to use as the telephone.

Tim, take us back to the time when the web was little more than a twinkle in your eye. At the time, what dreams did you have for it and did you ever imagine that it would take off in the way it did?

List-O-Rama! Free Extension

DMXzone is delighted to unveil our free CSS navigation list extension, inspired by Ian Lloyd's listomatic script on

Here's the screenshots and download.

Microsoft to close European chatrooms

As cases of child abuse rocket, the Microsoft Network, MSN, is to close its chatrooms in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and most of Asia from 14 October. American chatrooms will be accessible by credit-card subscription only. More at The Guardian. The BBC reports some worrying facts from Cyberspace Research Centre:

  • One in five children aged nine to 16 regularly use chatrooms
  • More than half have engaged in sex chat
  • A quarter have received requests to meet face-to-face
  • One in 10 had met face-to-face

As a parent and ex-teacher, I'm glad that  MSN wants to help protect its users - but at first, this total closure seemed like an over-reaction to me.  But then I considered that there are parents out there so lazy or irresponsible that they allow nine year olds to chat or surf the Web unsupervised. If the parents aren't willing to parent their kids, it falls to the chat room provider to do it, however much it smacks of censorship. (Bruce Lawson)

What do you think?


New virus preys on old IE flaw!

The worm is programmed to send an official-looking e-mail that says it contains a "cumulative patch" for several Internet Explorer, Outlook and Outlook Express vulnerabilities.

A Microsoft representative noted that the software maker does not send out patches as e-mail attachments.

Macromedia listening to DMXzone customers

We expected comments in our MX 2004 forum to be mixed; any new software has those who love it and those who hate it. But one theme that came up disturbingly often was that Macromedia doesn't talk to its customers.

In order to get some action for the community of members that we serve, DMXzone invited the Dreamweaver MX 2004 Product Manager, Jennifer Taylor, to answer DMXzone members' criticisms and complaints about DW MX 2004. This is exclusive to DMXzone registered users.

If you have something you'd like to say to Jennifer, please add it to the MX 2004 forum (please don't email it) before the end of Tuesday 23rd September. If someone else has already made a similar comment/ complaint, please add yours to that thread rather than start another - that way I can see which are the most pressing problems Dreamweaver users are facing.

We will then collate all the threads and send them to Jennifer who will respond to them. It may be more than a week for her to respond, especially if there's many deep technical questions. We'll let you know, of course.

Who will control the internet?

Around 189 countries will be attending the summit in Geneva, where policymakers are due to agree best practices and standards for the Internet and other information technologies.

The summit's Web site ( says the meeting will aim to "develop and foster a clear statement of political will and a concrete plan of action for achieving the goals of the information society."

What do you think of MX 2004?

We're getting lots of comments to our "Will you upgrade?" poll (scroll down) and on our MX 2004 forum. As usual, the forum makes it look all doom and gloom - but still a largest group of  DMXzone members voting in the poll say they "can't wait to upgrade".

Have your say!


Re-write all your multimedia web pages?

Since Eolas won $521million in a lawsuit against Microsoft last month, Microsoft, Macromedia and the W3C have been in conclave on how to work around the patent dispute. Eolas seem to own the patent on a browser's ability to automatically launch and display multimedia programs with plug-ins - eg, click and see a Flash movie/ hear an MP3 / watch a quick-time video.

One way round the monumentally moronic ruling is for broswer manufacturers to insert dialogue boxes ("Are you sure you want to see the movie you clicked to watch, yes or no?") between broswer and plug-in. Another way is to move the data to the Web page itself, rather than pulling it from an external source - requiring a huge amount of work on the part of the developer. That's you.

This issue potentially affects every modern browser, although only Microsoft has been sued. Microsoft is appealing. (More on ZDNet.) It's pretty obvious that Eolas are very petty: their website points out "A final note: Eolas also 'invented' (designed, actually) the now-ubiquitous stylized "e" logo. IBM purchased rights to use it from us in 1997." Well, aren't they clever?

This is an example of a stupid lawsuit and a ridiculous patent, although U.S. patent officers have a history of approving idiotic things like this - for example, Amazon patenting "one-click"  e-commerce.

Maybe if enough people write to Eolas and ask them to stop pursuing this claim, they'll listen. Here's a mail that I sent them today; I'll post any response I get from them.

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