Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Adobe's Macromedia deal sends M$ a message

Filed under
Software

By acquiring rival software maker Macromedia in a deal originally valued at $3.4 billion, Adobe Systems is positioning itself to do battle with Microsoft over the tools to create, distribute and manage content online.

The deal, announced yesterday, would put Adobe's ubiquitous Acrobat document-sharing program under the same roof as Macromedia's Flash software for creating and viewing interactive content on Web sites independent of operating systems or devices.

Adobe, which also makes the Photoshop image-editing line and other programs for creative professionals and consumers, also gets the Web site-building application Dreamweaver as well as software for enabling real-time collaboration among business users.

Shares of San Francisco-based Macromedia closed at $36.72 yesterday, gaining $3.27, or nearly 9.8 percent. San Jose-based Adobe's shares lost $5.89, or 9.7 percent, to close at $54.77.

As digital content increasingly finds its way onto cellphones, handheld computers and even televisions, the makers of the tools for working with information are racing to make deals so that their technology is not left out as new standards emerge.

Macromedia has had success in persuading makers of cellphones and other non-PC devices to embed its Flash technology in their devices, Adobe Chief Executive Bruce Chizen said in an interview. Since the start of the year, Macromedia has inked deals with Nokia and Samsung Electronics.

Full Story.

More in Tux Machines

Red Hat News

Kernel Space/Linux

today's howtos

Ten Years as Desktop Linux User: My Open Source World, Then and Now

I've been a regular desktop Linux user for just about a decade now. What has changed in that time? Keep reading for a look back at all the ways that desktop Linux has become easier to use -- and those in which it has become more difficult -- over the past ten years. I installed Linux to my laptop for the first time in the summer of 2006. I started with SUSE, then moved onto Mandriva and finally settled on Fedora Core. By early 2007 I was using Fedora full time. There was no more Windows partition on my laptop. When I ran into problems or incompatibilities with Linux, my options were to sink or swim. There was no Windows to revert back to. Read more