The long awaited, and eagerly anticipated ColdFusion MX maintenance release 6.1 (a.k.a. RedSky) has been made available on the Macromedia website.

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This is a free upgrade for existing ColdFusion MX users, and is also available as a paid upgrade path from ColdFusion 5 and 4.5x.

From the ColdFusion MX 6.1 Release Notes:

What's new in this ColdFusion MX 6.1?

ColdFusion MX 6.1 adds significant compiler and compatibility enhancements to ColdFusion MX. This release provides substantial performance and scalability improvements over all previous versions of ColdFusion. In addition to many bug fixes, this release contains some long sought-after functional feature enhancements.

The following areas have had substantial improvements, including functional enhancements:

  • Performance: Runtime performance has been enhanced, thus delivering radically improved application performance and scalability over ColdFusion MX, ColdFusion 5, and ColdFusion 4.5. Significant changes have also been made to the CFML compiler, reducing initial template compilation time by an order of magnitude.
  • Installer: The installer has been rebuilt to streamline the installation process and to provide greater reliability.
  • OS support: This has been expanded to include Windows 2003 (and IIS 6.0), Red Hat 7.3, 8, and 9, and SuSE 8.
  • CFMAIL:* Enhancements to the cfmail tag deliver a new industrial-strength, high-performance mail handler, which can support more than 1,000,000 e-mail messages per hour. It features new multithreading, connection pooling, server failover, spool-to-memory, support for multipart mail messages (HTML and plain text) with the new cfmailpart tag, support for SMTP authentication, and improved character set encoding.
  • CFHTTP: Enhancements include support for the full set of HTTP 1.1 operations (GET, POST, HEAD, PUT, DELETE, TRACE, OPTIONS), full control over the content of any HTTP request (headers and body), and timeout and proxy support.
  • CFPOP: The cfpop tag now supports retrieval of both text/plain and text/html message parts.
  • Web services: Powerful new web services invocation functionality includes the ability to specify timeouts and proxy settings, and to invoke over SSL.
  • ColdFusion components (CFCs): Fixes and improvements to CFCs address a number of outstanding issues, improve the use of scopes, and allow access to overridden methods with the Super keyword.
  • COM: ColdFusion MX 6.1 further improves the performance and interoperability of cfobject tag and CreateObject function calls to COM objects compared to ColdFusion MX Updater 3. For details, see COM Fixes and Enhancements.
  • Unicode in Access: ColdFusion MX 6.1 includes a Microsoft Access driver with Unicode support.
  • Migration: ColdFusion MX 6.1 includes enhanced versions of the Administrator Migration Wizard and Code Compatibility Analyzer. Also, ColdFusion 5 compatibility has been enhanced.
  • Updates to integrated products
    ColdFusion MX 6.1 includes the following updates to integrated products:

    • Latest version of Flash Remoting (Updater 1)
    • Latest version of JRun 4 (Updater 2)
    • Updated CFCHART engine
    • Axis 1.1 Web Services engine
    • Updated versions of the DataDirect JDBC drivers (3.2 SP1)
    • Updates to DataDirect SequeLink 5.3 ODBC Agent, ODBC Server, and JDBC driver
    • J-Integra 1.5.3
    • The Sun 1.4.2 JVM
  • CFLOGIN: The cflogin tag can be tied to sessions instead of cookies (default), and supports NTLM/Digest security.
  • Character sets: ColdFusion MX 6.1 improves the Chinese-Japanese-Korean customer experience by removing the need to explicitly declare charsets/character encodings in most situations.
  • General bug fixes: In addition to the enhancements listed previously, ColdFusion MX 6.1 also fixes more than 400 bugs beyond those addressed in Updater 3. The Resolved Issues list provides details on more than 200 of these fixed bugs.