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Adobe To Buy Macromedia

Holy kitchen-appliances. I didn't see this coming. But I can't say that it will be that bad of a thing (we'll just have to wait to see what Ken says).

I'm a user of products from both companies. From Adobe I use Pagemaker (because I can't afford an upgrade to Indesign), Acrobat, Photoshop and, on rare occasion, Illustrator. From Macromedia I use Homesite more than anything (and have long before it was a Macromedia product), but occassionally use Dreamweaver and Fireworks (haven't gotten really into Flash development). Both companies develop competing products that each have features that the other should have, and it will be nice to quit seeing them try to one-up each other all the time.

My concerns:

  • GoLive had better not replace Dreamweaver, as Dreamweaver is far superior and extendable.
  • Homesite better not disappear. While I know there are a hundred good text editors out there, Homesite is what I'm used to and what I'm good with. It's got it's quirks, but many of the solutions I've tried do, too. Homesite's original developer asks the same question.
  • Adobe is a big supporter of the SVG format which competes directly with Flash. While SVG is a W3C-approved format, Flash is far more mature as a platform for Web applications. Which one will live?
  • While I'm not a big fan of ColdFusion, I know a lot of people who are. Adobe better not kill development for that, otherwise they're going to anger a lot of people (or convince them to move to PHP).
Anyway, this is interesting, and will be fun to watch (and again, I'm sure Ken, who knows more about all of this, will contribute more later on his site). Mezzoblue has some good thoughts on this and he also links to other blog posts with lots of great questions. Here's a comment from a guy that works at a newspaper

Posted by Jake on 04/18/05 @ 05:13 PM
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Adobe to buy Macromedia for $3.4 billion from Breaking Windows 2.0 on 04/18/05 @ 06:07 PM:
Adobe Systems Inc. has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Macromedia Inc. for US$3.4 billion in stock, the company said Monday.Source: MacCentral And then there was one... This is a bombshell, and is not good. Not good at all. Competition... (Read More)

Adobe to buy Macromedia for $3.4 billion from Blogcritics on 04/18/05 @ 06:11 PM:
This is a bombshell. What will happen with all the overlap in software lines? (Read More)

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