Adobe-Macromedia 2006 Plans
Although they have taken steps to reassure the design community, many of us are concerned that Adobe's acquisition of Macromedia — however promising — may mean the end of some of our most favored Macromedia programs. Macromedia's John Dowdell points us to the Full Transcript of Adobe Systems' F4Q05 Conference Call at softwarestockblog.com.
While the lengthy transcript covers a great deal of financial information, I note:
- "[A]s we move forward as a combined company in fiscal 2006, we will report our revenue in 5 new business segments. Creative Solution, which will primarily contain revenue from Creative-focused products such as Creative Suite, Photoshop, Studio, Flash, Illustrator, InDesign and our Video products
- "Enterprise and Developer Solutions, which will primarily include revenue from our Flex, LifeCycle and ColdFusion product families"
Unfortunately, I do not see Dreamweaver mentioned at all — however, neither is GoLive mentioned. It's enough to give me the shakes; luckily, I took my own advice last summer to "whatever you're gonna buy, buy it now."
From Bruce Chizen, CEO:
I am especially pleased with the integration of the new management team which is represented by a solid balance of leadership from Adobe and Macromedia.
Going forward, Adobe will advance a powerful engagement platform with PDF and Flash at its core, which scales from mobile devices to high-end server-based solution. This engagement platform will redefine the way people and businesses engage with information across a variety of operating systems, devices and communication channels.
It is this last that I find extremely interesting. While I have no idea what an "engagement platform" may be, the idea of combining Flash and PDF is mighty interesting. Those of us who publish e-books may find a new way to illustrate them if Flash is available.
Or did I doze off and miss the fact that Flash can already be incorporated into PDFs?
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