Macromedia Breeze Accelerates Developer Kits

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2004-05-10 Print this article Print

Macromedia launches developer kits to bolster the use of its Breeze Web conferencing system through tighter integration in the enterprise.

Hoping to boost the use of Web conferencing within enterprises, Macromedia Inc. on Monday released a set of development kits for tying its Breeze Web conferencing platform into other IT systems. The San Francisco-based company introduced two "solution accelerators" that provide developers with sample code and documentation for integrating Breeze functionality with enterprise directories and company Web sites. The Directory Services Accelerator can synchronize Breeze with employee directories, such as Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) directories, while the Breeze Scheduling Accelerator lets developers expose Breeze scheduling and content data on intranets and Web portals.
Both kits make use of the Web services APIs that Macromedia released as part of its March upgrade of Breeze to Version 4.0, said Kevin M. Lynch, Macromedias vice president of online learning and collaboration.
"Web communications is really critical to companies," Lynch said. "So, the need to integrate it into the existing infrastructure and business processes is really important. Were seeing a trend where people dont hop into Web conferencing as separate application but that it becomes part of existing workflow." The two accelerators are the first in a series that Macromedia plans to release, but Lynch declined to offer details on when others would be offered. The development kits are free downloads for customers of both Breezes software and its hosted service, and they support Java, ColdFusion and .NET development platforms. Macromedia Breeze grew out of the companys acquisition last year of e-learning vendor Presedia Inc. Macromedia first moved into Web conferencing with the October launch of Breeze Live. Check out eWEEK.coms Messaging Center at for more on IM and other collaboration technologies. Be sure to add our messaging and collaboration news feed to your RSS newsreader or My Yahoo page:  
Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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