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This just in:

Adobe acquires Macromedia

and

Macworld article

It's on Macromedia's website as well.

Wow... I don't know what else to say... Any thoughts on what benefits we as cartographers could see from this?
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I wonder if Freehand will be passed off again. At the time Adobe bought Aldus, Freehand was developed by a company in Texas and Aldus was just marketing it, so Adobe sold off the marketing rights so it wouldn't compete with Illustrator.

I wonder if Macromedia does the development of Freehand themselves and what will happen with it now.

For years I was a Freehand user because I felt it was better for cartography, but Illustrator caught up and passed it in my book, but I still have a sentimentallity for Freehand (if that's possible for a piece of software).

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Slashdot has picked up on this too:

Slashdot article

I'm not really sure what to think of this yet. I can see some positive sides to this, such as improved Flash support for Illustrator. Personally, I think this will mean either the end of SVG or that it's going to be merged with Flash somehow...

I'm mainly an Illustrator user, but if I'd be a Freehand user, I'd be somewhat worried. I don't think Freehand will disappear anytime soon though. There's too many people who have put money and effort into the product.
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I am looking forward (hopefully) to Adobe CS3: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, Dreamweaver

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I started out as an Illustrator 8 user and then switched to Freehand 8 and used mostly freehand until the MX fiasco when I saw the writing on the wall. Freehand has some very powerful find and replace tools that I suspect Illustrator was never able to replicate because of possible patent infringement. (they've already had a few lawsuits over panels and other stuff). I also really liked Freehand's drawing/pen tool. It would be nice to see those features (amongst others) brought over to Illustrator. A synnergistic product could be really good for cartographers at least for this one as I've missed many of FH's fine touches.

I agree about SVG maybe being adversely affected now that it will not have a big backer (Adobe)

The biggest concern is having one giant dominating both print and web design software (not counting Quark or Corel of course). Remains to see if The feds (bot US and EE) will allow the merger to go through. And if it does, how much we will have to pay for it.

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A part of me feels a bit disappointed by this news. Why? I'm not completely sure, yet. Maybe it's because I really like Macromedia products and I don't want to see the redundant products disappear . Macromedia was a great competitor and great competitors drive competion and development. I like the idea of a diversified market with plenty of choices...

Hypothetically, what if Adobes service suddently went down the drain? Who do we turn to? Noone. Were stuck with one company. I dont like it.

I'm really not that concerned about Freehand going away, as much as I am with Fireworks. IMO Fireworks beats Photoshop if you need to do something fast....especially when your working on the web. It's also difficult to image working in Flash without Fireworks. The two programs go hand in hand.

It's going to be interesting to see what Adobe does with the Macromedia interface and tools? Will they actually change it? Erin



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I would suspect that FH is gonerz. Which is too bad, b/c choice is always good, and FH did somethings better and AI. Maybe the new super application will cover all bases, but Adobe's track record is questionable on that. better flash support would be very cool though...

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Yeah, that's one thing that I'm a bit worried about. In the past, Freehand and Illustrator have always kept eachother in a state of balance w.r.t. features and capabilities (and not to mention pricing). This upsets the balance and there's no telling what the result may be. I'm remaining carefully optimistic in this matter.
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It's been suggested that Adobe bought Macromedia in order to prevent Microsoft from doing so... :blink:

I'm not sure whether there is any truth in this, but it does sort of make sense.
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I'm remaining carefully optimistic in this matter.

I'm doing my best to remain optimistic as well. But I still cant shake the feeling that having two primary identies in the market place is much better than one. Macromedia has really "filled in" the areas that Adobe didnt seem as interested in developing, i.e. Flash, Director....



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Erin,

Oh, absolutely. Having a competitor around keeps you sharp.
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And here's Userfriendly's take on this:
Daily static for May 8th
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Macrobe! :) That's really funny...



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Shareholders approve of merger...

Slashdot article
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