Macromedia and Mercury Agree on Rich Internet Apps

Macromedia and Mercury Interactive announced on Monday a plan to integrate Mercury’s Quality Center and Performance Center products with Macromedia’s Flex 2 product line.

In a separate announcement, Macromedia said it created Macromedia Labs, a new site on for developers to download early versions of Macromedia technologies, share info, and help shape the direction of new products and technologies.

Mercury has licensed Flex tech to help deliver rich data visualization dashboards within future Mercury products. Macromedia has licensed Mercury Quality Center and Mercury Performance Center products for use in the development and deployment of its Flex product line. The integrated Macromedia and Mercury offerings will help joint customers optimize both the quality and performance of rich Internet applications, the companies said in a joint announcement.

For functional testing, quality assurance teams will be able to use Mercury QuickTest Professional, part of Mercury Quality Center, to create object-oriented test scripts and play them back on each build of the app. Full Flex component object recognition and property testing allows these teams to record and play back tests that validate the Flex application is running as expected. Integrations with Mercury LoadRunner, part of Mercury Performance Center, will help support performance testing of Flex applications, whether the applications integrate with back-end data using XML, SOAP web services, or the Macromedia AMF binary protocol.

Developers can download the public alphas of Macromedia Flash Player 8.5 and Macromedia Flex Builder 2, part of the Macromedia Flex 2 product line, from the newly created Macromedia Labs. For more information and to download Flex Builder 2 and Flash Player 8.5, click here.