Graphics Software: Life After Macromedia
Pundit Glenn Fleischman at Tom’s Hardware Guide speculates on the future of graphics software companies, draws surprising and insightful conclusions
The impending merger, where Adobe will assimilate long-time multimeda-software player Macromedia, has many graphics professionals wondering what’s to come next. There has been much speculation about the status and the future of programs such as FreeHand and DreamWeaver and what this means to Adobe going forward.
In a brief and insightful article on the tech-omnibus site Tom’s Hardware Guide, writer Glenn Fleischman cannily reviews the history of graphic software firms, does a little family-tree tracing, and speculates on Adobe’s future competitors.
His connections are as valid as they are unexpected, and his conclusion about who Adobe’s future competitors will be will surprise those who debate Adobe vs Quark…it’s not who you’ll think it is.
Quark scarcely shows up in his assessment but for a couple of passing references. In fact, in the beginning, Adobe itself was just a player amongst a group of players when Acrobat began to raise it to prominence, then growth on the basis of such apps as Illustrator and Photoshop, and technologies like PostScript.
Over time, Adobe has innovated and acquired tehnologies that put it at the forefront of just about everything, except Web design and animation, which belong to Macromedia’s Flash and DreamWeaver. With the absorption of Macromedia, Adobe has positioned itself to provide tools that cover interactive content for portable devices…a level of play that only big boys such as Apple and Microsoft are even on at all, and Quark is nowhere near, despite its addition of Web-design tools to XPress.
We design tool users debate which will come out in the end-XPress or InDesign, but this would seem to be but a small piece of the overall battlefield. Fleishman offers the insight that the future could well be in the mobile ‘web, and Adobe could now conquer a significant portion of that new world.
And, in the larger sense, Adobe’s bÃªte noir might not be Quark after all. I recommend reading this.
You can find it at this link.