As you can read all over the place by now Adobe is about to acquire Macromedia. What a surprise! Still don't know if I like it or not - but I really hope that Macromedia's great corporate culture will survive the merger. What will probably not survive are some competing software packages: Freehand vs. Illustrator, Dreamweaver vs. GoLive, Fireworks vs. Photoshop. And I think that there's not much guesswork necessary to decide who will be the surviviors in those battles. Flash will have not much to fear as I doubt that LiveMotion will rise from the grave.
If you are the speculative type and you haven't done so yet, it might be a good idea to buy Studio MX 2004 now. Because one thing that a merger of the two most important players in a market will definitely not result in is lower prices. But experience says that there is always an upgrade option for existing customers in interesting times like those.Posted at April 18, 2005 12:00 PM | Further reading