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iBand Inc. was an early web development software company that was based in Campbell, California.[1]


Macromedia Backstage Designer screen

Screenshot of Backstage Designer

In December 1995, iBand announced its Backstage line of web site development tools for Windows 3.1, 95 and NT.[1] Beta testing for Windows 95 and NT began in March 1996.[2]


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.[3][4] 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.[5][6][7][8]


The codebase of Backstage later became the foundation of Macromedia Dreamweaver.[9] In December 2005, Macromedia itself was acquired by Adobe Systems,[10] which rebranded the program as Adobe Dreamweaver.[9]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Web vendors introduce development advances by Nick Wingfield, InfoWorld. 1995-12-11.
  2. Macromedia to pay $32M shares for web software firm iBand, Computer Business Review. 1996-03-19.
  3. Macromedia goes Backstage, CNET. 1996-03-13.
  4. Macromedia in Deal To Acquire Iband by Reuters, The New York Times. 1996-03-15.
  5. Backstage magic conjures sophisticated Web sites by Mike Heck, InfoWorld. 1996-04-15.
  6. Macromedia launched Backstage web development line, Computer Business Review. 1996-06-27.
  7. Macromedia Ships Backstage Products, Powerful Tools for Building Dynamic Web Sites, Macromedia. 1996-04-29. Archived 1999-09-10.
  8. Macromedia Ships Backstage Enterprise Studio, Powerful Tools for Building Database-Driven Web Sites, Macromedia. 1996-07-01. Archived 1999-08-19.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Why Adobe Doesn’t Understand Web Designers by Joshua Johnson, Design Shack. 2011-08-08.
  10. Adobe Completes Acquisition of Macromedia, Adobe Systems. 2005-12-05. Archived 2005-12-07.

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