Web Design Software: Adobe and Macromedia to merge!

started by Joe Gillespie on Apr 18, 2005 — RSS Feed

Joe Gillespie Joe Gillespie
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Just announced today, Adobe are acquiring Macromedia for 3.4 Bn
http://www.adobe.com/aboutadobe/pressroom/pressreleases/200504/041805AdobeAcquiresMacromedia.html

Interesting !!!

David David
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I was just about to post this myself. I wonder what the outcome of this will all be. I don't know if this is a good thing for Adobe or not. If I got my history lessons right, British Layland buying out rival manufacturers eventually spelled the death of the British car industry.

Joe Gillespie Joe Gillespie
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Basically, Adobe wanted Flash and to get rid of FreeHand. I don't know what will happen between Dreamweaver and GoLive. The New GoLive (CS2) is way ahead of Dreamweaver in CSS support.

Stan Stan
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I hope they don't screw up Fireworks.

Joe Gillespie Joe Gillespie
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I can't see Fireworks continuing considering Adobe's portfolio of graphics editors but we'll have to wait and see.

Stan Stan
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Forum said:
I can't see Fireworks continuing
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David David
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Forum said:
Basically, Adobe wanted Flash and to get rid of FreeHand. I don't know what will happen between Dreamweaver and GoLive. The New GoLive (CS2) is way ahead of Dreamweaver in CSS support.


There will be lots of angry Dreamweaver users out there if Adobe do decide to discontinue support for it. It's happened before, though: Apple discontined Logic for the PC after they bought out EMagic. That hurt a lot of people in the music industry, who were forced to either stay where they were, buy new Macs or crossgrade to rival Cubase.

I rather liked fireworks. Is there a similar app, optimised for web graphics in the same way?

Baxter Baxter
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Expect the end of golive, not dreamweaver. Actually, expect golive to be repositioned downmarket (think photoshop elements). Dreamweaver is the standard, and GoLive has been a distance second for years. Adobe knows that.

I would expect Fireworks to be stripped of it's more photoshop-like features and continue on as a web-oriented app... probably replacing image ready... or else the fireworks features will be rolled into imageready and then fireworks phased out.

Freehand is a goner.

If we're lucky, we'll see them wrap svg support into flash, but I don't have high hopes.

Joe Gillespie Joe Gillespie
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Baxter said:
Expect the end of golive, not dreamweaver. Actually, expect golive to be repositioned downmarket (think photoshop elements). Dreamweaver is the standard, and GoLive has been a distance second for years. Adobe knows that.


I think that there probably is a place for them both. The demands of 'developers' and 'designers' are quite different. On the other hand, I wouldn't use *either* of them.


I would expect Fireworks to be stripped of it's more photoshop-like features and continue on as a web-oriented app... probably replacing image ready.


ImageReady is going anyway, it's being rolled into Photoshop.


... or else the fireworks features will be rolled into imageready and then fireworks phased out.


Firewords is more likely to be rolled into Elements.

As far as REAL news goes, Adobe won't be announcing any future plans until autumn (Fall) because the deal doesn't officially go through until then.

Baxter Baxter
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Daring Fireball Decodes it all for us:
http://daringfireball.net/2005/04/adobe_translation

Joe Gillespie Joe Gillespie
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LOL

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