Adobe just announced that they bought out Macromedia! I am in a state of shock here, and will probably never get to sleep now (even though it's 1:30am!). This means that Adobe has a total monopoly over creative design applications in print, web, and whatever other media they want. I can only guess that this means DreamWeaver will be absorbed into Adobe's Creative Suite (pushing out GoLive), and everything else will be dumped?!? This pretty much leaves Quark as the only big player left, but they've been trounced by Adobe's far-superior InDesign page layout software, so I guess it's game over.
Sheesh. I suppose when I think about it... I should have seen it coming, but it's still difficult to absorb.
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It’s dreadful news. Competition from Macromedia was the only incentive Adobe had for improving Illustrator. Which I still find a frustrating and archaic app to use, i guess they’re never bother to complete its overhaul now.
What next – Microsoft takes over Apple?
Like everybody else, I am in a state of distress over the fact that Adobe is now without competition in the market. The only benefit is that now DreamWeaver and Flash can be more tightly integrated into my Adobe workflow. Is this a good thing? Time will tell, but I am thinking not.
If Microsoft were to buy out Apple, Windows users would be the ones who would suffer. Windows “innovation” appears to be driven by Apple, and losing that would send Windows into stagnation. You think the wait for Longhorn has been long…