Macromedia has joined the open source Eclipse programming initiative to encourage more developers to produce new applications using its Flash technology.
Eclipse, an integrated developed environment based on Sun Microsystems’ Java technology, provides tools to developers who can produce applications based on code that competes with Java, including Flash.
Macromedia will use the Eclipse project to develop a new Flash-based internet application tool, which it hopes will help spread the use of Flash as an application development tool rather than just a web design tool, which it is more commonly seen as.
Macromedia already sells the Flex application server software which is aimed at enterprises wanting to create Flash applications.
Adobe is currently in the process of completing the acquisition of Macromedia.