Adobe buys Macromedia

On Monday, it was disclosed that Adobe acquires Macromedia. I have mixed feelings about this. I like most of Adobe’s software and some of Macromedia’s. And I definitely prefer the different Adobe GUIs over Dreamweaver’s.

What I (amongst with others) fear is that the competition in the market will diminish. The well-needed competitive balance was needed between those two. And what programs will they choose to move on with?
Photoshop will, undoubtly, still be the there. As will Acrobat. But what will happen with Illustrator and Freehand? Adobe SVG Viewer and Flash? GoLive and Dreamweaver?
And what will they do to my beloved editing program, HomeSite?

My Tip:

Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Flash
Adobe Dreamweaver

Remember where you read it first (I hope)! 🙂

Blogging community reactions: Ethan is worried about what will happen with SVG, Kottke is (almost) speechless.

What do you think? Is this good or bad? Will it be to our gain or is it as if Microsoft would buy Apple (well, they did save Apple financially in the past, but let’s not go there…)?

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