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Adobe Acquires Macromedia

Adobe Acquires Macromedia in $3.4 Billion Stock Deal

Holy cow, that's a lot of theoretical money. Now, with Adobe owning Macromedia, weird things will happen in content-land. Why keep all those programs around, when they overlap some functions? Some of us remember when Adobe acquired Aldus (500 million dollars in 1994). I really liked PhotoStyler. The only piece of Aldus remaining is Pagemaker, and even that is not getting much support nowadays.

Hopefully, they'll realize that some things are better left alone. Adding more bloat to Dreamweaver, for instance, would be a bad idea. Merging Fireworks into Photoshop would also be a bad idea. The products are different, and they work differently so don't belong in one mega-program.

Having watched the price of the Photoshop program rise, and now the CS Suite is above a grand, I can just imagine if Adomedia creates some uber-bundle with all the Macromedia programs and all the Adobe programs stuck in one box. Maybe three DVD-ROMs for distribution? Mac People will line up around the block to plunk down their two grand for software they will barely use.

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corto
Apr. 18th, 2005 05:17 pm (UTC)
it's like they price stuff out of reach and therefore fling wide the doors to pirate software'ism.
andysocial
Apr. 18th, 2005 05:45 pm (UTC)
Piracy
When the academic discount version of Adobe Suite is over 300 bucks, it does make you wonder how many legal copies are sold outside of graphic design studios.
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