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Adobe to buy Macromedia

Filed under: Deep Thoughts,Fun Work,Geek Work,News and Current Events — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Dragon which is in the early morning or 8:52 am for you boring, normal people.
The moon is Waxing Gibbous

Okay, this is a little stale, but…
WOW! According to this press release on Adobe’s website, Adobe plans to acquire Macromedia via a massive stock purchase. The plan is for them to buy all the stock at the Friday 4/15 price.
If you’re not aware of these two companies, you’ve not been paying attention. And, the implications of them becoming a single entity is, well, massive. Adobe will, quite simply, become the largest graphics and design software company ever to exist. This will mean that one company will be responsible for Acrobat, Photoshop, Flash, and Dreamweaver. Think about how many top-shelf graphics and design programs that puts under the control of one company. That’s almost frightening.

1 Comment

  1. I was pretty excited about this yesterday, envisioning myself using a suite comprised of Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign, PhotoShop and Flash.

    But then, I started reading a few more articles. Words are being bandied about words like “Monopoly”, “Price Fixing”, “Rebranding” & “No competition, No innovation”.

    Now I’m worried.

    What would be really cool would be if Adobe’s Creative Suite became Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign, PhotoShop and Flash. Then sold off GoLive, FireWorks and Freehand, and they were picked up by Novell/SuSe, who could then incorporate that into their OpenOffice suite.

    Now that’s what I call competition!

    Comment by MightyKong — 4/21/2005 @ 11:20 am

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