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Macromedia Backstage Desktop Studio box

Box of Backstage Desktop Studio 1.0

Backstage was a line of website development tools created by iBand and later acquired by Macromedia.[1] Its major competitors at the time were Adobe PageMill and SiteMill, and Vermeer Frontpage.[2][3]

Product history[]

Macromedia Backstage Designer screen

Screenshot of Backstage Designer

In December 1995, iBand first announced Backstage for Windows 3.1, 95 and NT.[2] Beta testing for Windows 95 and NT began in March 1996.[4]

Macromedia acquired iBand and the Backstage product line on March 13, 1996.[5] 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.[6][7][8][9]

Macromedia Backstage Internet Studio 2 box

Box of Backstage Internet Studio 2

Macromedia began beta testing Backstage Internet Studio 2 in December 1996.[10] It was released in the first quarter of 1997 in Desktop and Enterprise editions.[11]


The codebase of Backstage later became the foundation of Macromedia Dreamweaver.[3] In December 2005, Macromedia itself was acquired by Adobe Systems.[12] Adobe then rebranded the program as Adobe Dreamweaver, which replaced their own GoLive HTML editor.[3]


  1. Macromedia in Deal To Acquire Iband by Reuters, The New York Times. 1996-03-15.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Web vendors introduce development advances by Nick Wingfield, InfoWorld. 1995-12-11.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Why Adobe Doesn’t Understand Web Designers by Joshua Johnson, Design Shack. 2011-08-08.
  4. Macromedia to pay $32M shares for web software firm iBand, Computer Business Review. 1996-03-19.
  5. Macromedia goes Backstage, CNET. 1996-03-13.
  6. Backstage magic conjures sophisticated Web sites by Mike Heck, InfoWorld. 1996-04-15.
  7. Macromedia launches Backstage web development line, Computer Business Review. 1996-06-27.
  8. Macromedia Ships Backstage Products, Powerful Tools for Building Dynamic Web Sites, Macromedia. 1996-04-29. Archived 1999-09-10.
  9. Macromedia Ships Backstage Enterprise Studio, Powerful Tools for Building Database-Driven Web Sites, Macromedia. 1996-07-01. Archived 1999-08-19.
  10. Macromedia constructs new Backstage by Carol Silwa at Network World. 1996-12-09.
  11. Desktop apps get more Web tools by Pardhu Vadlamudi at Info World. 1996-12-16.
  12. Adobe Completes Acquisition of Macromedia, Adobe Systems. 2005-12-05. Archived 2005-12-07.

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