View Full Version : Adobe + Macromedia

04-21-2005, 02:43 AM
I was stunned to learn that Adobe was about to acquire Macromedia. I personnaly think this is a good thing as it will drive the technology forward and put some pressure on software giants like Microsoft.

For those who don't know, Adobe is the company responsible for such wonderful products as Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, InDesign and Acrobat and Macromedia is behind great software like Flash, Director, Fireworks, Freehand and Dreamweaver.


04-21-2005, 03:48 AM
OMG, whats with all the company buying lately?

But yeah, a Adobe-Macromedia union will rock Microsoft's undies like a lone ship in a storm. And believe me, this ship has no comm or nav.

Lynk Former
04-21-2005, 03:53 AM
Wow, I mean... WOW. That is great :D Finally Adobe and Macromedia products will be as one.

04-21-2005, 04:46 AM
why is this good? It just means Micro$oft only need buy out 1 company rather than 2 now. Corprate takover is never a good thing.

Lynk Former
04-21-2005, 04:57 AM
it also means that I have the power of Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Flash on the same team now.

04-21-2005, 06:00 AM
Oooh, I just had a vision. Imagine a google OS with Firefox as a primary web-browser and the adobe package as an Office alternity...

04-21-2005, 07:27 AM
It could work out quite nice from a usability point of view... if they take the best bits from adobe and macromedia products they would have photoshop and dreamweaver with some very nice CONSISTENT interfaces.

Its always been annoying to switch between photoshop and fireworks as the interfaces are similar, but not identical.

Adobe has never really managed to get its web products off the ground, so the combination of the two works quite well and basically gives adobe a "monopoly on design". (Except quark, but that has sucked recently).

The problem is, a monopoly is never a good thing. Once a company controls the market it has no incentive to be open and interoperable, or to push itself to develop new features.

Adobe competing with macromedia lead to each making great advances. The two together may stagnate. (Look at microsoft with windows, or more specifically IE. They have done nothing to keep it up to date until firefox started to give them competition. Or look at Quarkexpress which was once a great DTP package, became the industry standard, and then has done NOTHING since. )

THe combination of flash and pdf has some interesting, if potentially scary, possibilities for the web...