Adobe Dreamweaver

Wake up and smell the merger:

Macromedia – Press Room : ADOBE TO ACQUIRE MACROMEDIA
Let me see if I can say it out loud. Ahem: “Adobe Dreamweaver.”

Woah. That was weird…

I have mixed feelings about this one. On the one hand, I have a fear that the loss of competition will not bode well for the consumer, and products that are great like Fireworks are at risk. But on the other hand, it would be nice to see some of the killer features on either side get integrated into each others’ product lines. Like the return of draggable palettes to the Macromedia line, or better vector support in Photoshop/ImageReady. Adobe GoLive is dead as a product, but maybe some of it’s good points might make their way into Dreamweaver someday. I wonder about Freehand it’s got some good points but on the whole doesn’t compare to Illustrator. Maybe multi-page documents in Illustrator finally?

My biggest fear is Fireworks. Fireworks is such a good program for web image editing. ImageReady was created by Adobe to compete with FireWorks, but it doesn’t really. I have ImageReady installed, but do I ever use it? No. When I look at user workflow, Fireworks makes much more sense. If I were Adobe, I’d focus Photoshop on what it does best, which is photo manipulation, kill ImageReady, and bake what few decent features it has into Fireworks and make that the integrated companion web graphics editor. Or just leave the products separate and let the market decide…

SVG has an interesting situation now that Adobe will own Flash. There’s a lot of speculation that Adobe will just give up on SVG and force Flash on the world, not that it isn’t already ubiquitous. If bandwidth and bloat weren’t and issue, I’d say just go ahead and bake SVG support into the Flash player and let standards take a great leap forward. But for the obvious monopolistic and technical reasons, this is somewhat unlikely.

Ultimately, the combined company will be a very strong one. That much I am certain of. The company is going to completely own every segment of the publishing software market from web to print. All I hope is that Dreamweaver continues to kick ass as a web development tool and to continue to improve over time, and the rest of it can sort itself out…