Macromedia today announced the immediate availability of Macromedia® ColdFusion® MX 7, previously code-named “Blackstone.” ColdFusion is the fastest, easiest way to build and deploy powerful Internet applications. Developers are already embracing the latest version of the ColdFusion application server (see attached quote sheet) and solving development challenges with new printable web content, rich forms, more flexible deployment options, and integrated, structured business reporting. ColdFusion MX 7 also provides cost-effective and powerful innovations to interact with mobile phones using short message service (SMS) text messaging. To purchase or learn more about ColdFusion MX 7, please visit

“Macromedia once again makes hard development problems easy to solve with the groundbreaking capabilities available in ColdFusion MX 7,” said David Mendels, general manager, Macromedia. “ColdFusion MX 7 provides organizations with the solution to rapidly create Internet applications that deliver clear return on investment and bring a more compelling experience to the end user.”

In addition to web-based applications, ColdFusion MX 7 allows developers to create a new class of Internet applications for the mobile world. These new capabilities provide an easy way to securely extend applications to mobile phone users through SMS text messaging. Applications can also be created for access through instant messaging clients. The latest deployment options enable companies to address a broad range of business needs for today’s mobile workforce.

ColdFusion MX 7 lets developers build more powerful Internet applications in less time than ever before. New rich forms technology empowers developers to easily create superior online forms without having to code all of the presentation-tier logic. Developers can also transform dynamic web content into well-formatted, printable documents in either Macromedia FlashPaper™ or PDF formats.

New business reporting features in ColdFusion MX 7 allow developers to generate affordable, structured business reports in the context of web applications, and give users access to important business data in easy-to-understand formats.

“The digital world as we know it is changing, and is creating new growth in the application deployment software market for Internet-based applications in the browser and beyond, out to the edge of the Net,” said Dennis Byron, vice president, business process automation and deployment software research, IDC. “The open architecture of software like ColdFusion is just what it takes to enable next generation B2B solutions.”

ColdFusion runs as either a standalone application server or on top of leading J2EE application servers, including Macromedia JRun™, IBM WebSphere, and BEA WebLogic, bringing the product’s legacy of productivity to the scalable, standards-based Java platform. ColdFusion MX 7 provides a new Enterprise Manager that enables administrators to quickly and easily create multiple application instances and adds new levels of high availability and performance. The open architecture of ColdFusion MX 7 continues to make it easy to deploy applications on Windows, UNIX, and Linux platforms.

“ColdFusion MX 7 promises to be the most developer-friendly version of ColdFusion yet,” said Joel Cox, IT project manager, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. “Much of the tedium of interface development is alleviated, allowing developers to spend their time working on the underlying business logic.”


ColdFusion MX 7 is immediately available in English for purchase in two editions. The Standard Edition includes two CPUs for $1,299. The Enterprise Edition includes two CPUs for $5,999. Volume discounts and government and education licensing are also available. A localized version for Japanese is expected to ship later this year.