iBand and its product line were acquired by Macromedia on March 13, 1996 in exchange for 860,000 shares of Macromedia stock valued at US$ 32 million. Version 1.0 of Macromedia Backstage Desktop Studio and Enterprise Studio were released as part of a trial beta program in April 1996 and shipped on April 29 and July 1, respectively.
The codebase of Backstage later became the foundation of Macromedia Dreamweaver. In December 2005, Macromedia itself was acquired by Adobe Systems, which rebranded the program as Adobe Dreamweaver.
- Web vendors introduce development advances by Nick Wingfield, InfoWorld. 1995-12-11.
- Macromedia to pay $32M shares for web software firm iBand, Computer Business Review. 1996-03-19.
- Macromedia goes Backstage, CNET. 1996-03-13.
- Macromedia in Deal To Acquire Iband by Reuters, The New York Times. 1996-03-15.
- Backstage magic conjures sophisticated Web sites by Mike Heck, InfoWorld. 1996-04-15.
- Macromedia launched Backstage web development line, Computer Business Review. 1996-06-27.
- Macromedia Ships Backstage Products, Powerful Tools for Building Dynamic Web Sites, Macromedia. 1996-04-29. Archived 1999-09-10.
- Macromedia Ships Backstage Enterprise Studio, Powerful Tools for Building Database-Driven Web Sites, Macromedia. 1996-07-01. Archived 1999-08-19.
- Why Adobe Doesn’t Understand Web Designers by Joshua Johnson, Design Shack. 2011-08-08.
- Adobe Completes Acquisition of Macromedia, Adobe Systems. 2005-12-05. Archived 2005-12-07.