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Adobe to acquire Macromedia

Adobe and Macromedia announced today that they intend to merge.

It’s hard to guess what this means for users of their products; personally I’ll be watching for news about Macromedia’s server products (Cold Fusion, Flex, etc). Separately I’m hoping that this means an eventual end to the Flash vs. SVG or PDF vs. FlashPaper competition.

Any initial reactions here?

by Shinji Kuwayama at 2005-04-18 09:05:50 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Chicago , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

I hope this means that Dreamweaver will take GoLive’s place in Adobe’s software line-up. . .

by Fernando Gaglianese | 18 Apr 2005 10:04 | Philadelphia, United States | | Report spam→
I dunno, I think there’s room for both in the market. GoLive for designers, Dreamweaver for developers, more or less.

I think GoLive and Fireworks are the head-to-head competitors. Or maybe ImageReady?

by Shinji Kuwayama | 18 Apr 2005 10:04 | Chicago, United States | | Report spam→
I find GoLive completely unusable. . .anything that makes it go away would be a welcomed change

by Fernando Gaglianese | 18 Apr 2005 10:04 | Philadelphia, United States | | Report spam→
The Street apparently saw this acquisition as a minus for Adobe as its share price fell slightly. Adobe’s long tried to position itself as the company for content providers. It seems to me that this will allow them to strengthen that angle. I’m still waiting for the day when they corner the Quark market and get all those unhappy Quark users over to InDesign.

I think Adobe will focus on further streamlining the production process by blurring some of the lines between content programs and web authoring programs, so you can go from one to the other more seamlessly.

I’m curious what they will do with Illustrator/Freehand since those are also competing programs.

by [unverified member] | 25 Apr 2005 09:04 | Brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→

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