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Macromedia HomeSite 5.5

Macromedia HomeSite was a series of HTML editing tools developed and released by Allaire and then Macromedia. Allaire included a modified version with ColdFusion as ColdFusion Studio. It was also bundled with Macromedia Dreamweaver.

Product history

Allaire HomeSite 4

In 1995, independent programmer Nick Bradbury began writing HomeSite in Visual Basic for his own personal use to maintain his online comic website, Dexter. He then rewrote what became HomeSite 1.0 in Delphi for speed and compactness and released it in July 1996. After he notified some shareware sites about it, he discovered HomeSite had been downloaded over a thousand times during the first night.[1][2][3] It was also positively received by trade magazines.[4] Microsoft made the first offer to acquire HomeSite, but Bradbury ended up taking a counter-offer from Allaire in March 1997 and continued working on HomeSite as a commercial product for 18 months.[2]

Allaire was absorbed by Macromedia in a merger that was completed on March 20, 2001.[5] Macromedia released Macromedia HomeSite 5 later that year and continued development through version 5.5.[6][7] Variants of HomeSite 5 were included with Macromedia Dreamweaver MX and MX 2004 as "HomeSite+", which added functionality for application development with Macromedia ColdFusion MX and MX 6.1.[6][7][8]


Macromedia itself was acquired by Adobe Systems on December 5, 2005.[9] Adobe announced that development on HomeSite was being discontinued on May 26, 2009 and offered Adobe Dreamweaver CS4 as a substitute.[10] On March 22, 2010, Adobe introduced Adobe ColdFusion Builder as their new integrated development environment (IDE) for dedicated ColdFusion development.[11]


  1. Dexter Cartoon for July 30, 2004 by Nick Bradbury, TypePad. 2004-06-30.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Born to Code, Part II by Nick Bradbury, TypePad. 2006-04-13.
  3. History of HomeSite, Allaire. Archived 2000-12-17.
  4. Web Publishing Teaches New Tricks by Nill Machrone, PC Magazine. 1997-02-18.
  5. Macromedia Completes Merger With Allaire, Macromedia. 2001-03-20. Archived 2001-03-30.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Macromedia HomeSite 5, Macromedia. Archived 2001-11-10.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Macromedia HomeSite 5.5, Macromedia. Archived 2003-10-01.
  8. Macromedia HomeSite Dreamweaver MX FAQ, Macromedia. Archived 2002-06-04
  9. Adobe Completes Acquisition of Macromedia, Adobe Systems. 2005-12-05. Archived 2005-12-07.
  10. HomeSite development ended, Adobe Systems. 2009-05-26.
  11. Introducing ColdFusion Builder by Ben Forta, Adobe Systems. 2010-03-22.

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Discontinued in May 2009