Backstage was a line of website development tools created by iBand and later acquired by Macromedia. Its major competitors at the time were Adobe PageMill and SiteMill, and Vermeer Frontpage.
Macromedia acquired iBand and the Backstage product line on March 13, 1996. 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. Adobe then rebranded the program as Adobe Dreamweaver, which replaced their own GoLive HTML editor.
- Macromedia in Deal To Acquire Iband by Reuters, The New York Times. 1996-03-15.
- Web vendors introduce development advances by Nick Wingfield, InfoWorld. 1995-12-11.
- Why Adobe Doesn’t Understand Web Designers by Joshua Johnson, Design Shack. 2011-08-08.
- Macromedia to pay $32M shares for web software firm iBand, Computer Business Review. 1996-03-19.
- Macromedia goes Backstage, CNET. 1996-03-13.
- Backstage magic conjures sophisticated Web sites by Mike Heck, InfoWorld. 1996-04-15.
- Macromedia launches 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.
- Macromedia constructs new Backstage by Carol Silwa at Network World. 1996-12-09.
- Desktop apps get more Web tools by Pardhu Vadlamudi at Info World. 1996-12-16.
- Adobe Completes Acquisition of Macromedia, Adobe Systems. 2005-12-05. Archived 2005-12-07.
- Backstage Internet Studio at Macromedia (archived 1997-03-29)
- Creating Web Sites with Macromedia's Backstage Desktop Studio by Dennis Hamilton, Web Publishing: Professional Reference Edition, ch.13. (1997)
- Macromedia Backstage at the Macromedia Wiki
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