Most of you likely heard the news about the close of the Macromedia acquisition over the weekend. And this morning there's a new site in place of the old Macromedia site. Honestly, it gave me an odd feeling in the pit of my stomach this morning.
The lists I frequent are abuzz with concerns, excitment and confusion. And thankfully, it seems Adobe engineers are trying to be proactive and answer what they can. So far, this is what I've culled out of the discussions and my reading (in no particular order):
- For now, the products will be sold under the Adobe Company name, but will have Macromedia appended on the front. ie: Macromedia Dreamweaver
- Any changes and/or integration will be in the next product release cycle (Approximately 12-18 months).
- At this time, all products from both companies will continue to be sold.
- Some Macromedia developers have proclaimed their happiness at finally being able to "come out of the closet" about their Adobe product usage habit. (I've been known to open Photoshop from time to time — usually related to photo optimization. But Fireworks is my very favorite web vector program and I've got my fingers crossed for it still.)
- If you happen to be an Adobe CS user as well as a Macromedia Studio user, you can upgrade both packages as one combined "Adobe Web Bundle" at a discounted rate over what they would cost separately. It's $1899 — but let's face it, that's a lot of products.
- Adobe will continue to maintain and run "all websites, tutorials, forums and other resources formerly run separately by Macromedia and Adobe."
- Many developers are unimpressed with the new Flash banner and tagline, "Revolutionizing how the world engages with ideas and information."
- Lynn Grillo (Application Engineer for Adobe) is an Italian from New Jersey and is not a quiet person.
There's an informative FAQ on the Adobe site with more information and links.
I have hope for the future of my favorite products (and friends), but it's still a sad empty feeling to watch the changes as they happen. It's like when your best friend is moving out of state. You watch them pack up the truck and you're not sure when/if you'll ever see them again. I realize Macromedia still exists on some level — enveloped within the larger Adobe corporation — but I don't know if I'll have the same contact and connection I've enjoyed over the past few years.
Goodbye Macromedia, my friend. I'll miss you.