by Charles Ying

Archive for April, 2005

Adobe acquires Macromedia

Monday, April 18th, 2005

Adobe acquires Macromedia.

Wow. I’m still speechless.

Having spent a significant part of my previous life guiding client research, strategy, and competitive analysis for Openwave, I’m completely floored by this news.

Flash is a jazzy media player. Flash is also a very kick-ass application platform, very much like a browser is. Macromedia has also nutured a huge and formidable Flash developer community, and has leveraged Flash’s strengths extremely well, packaging their core technologies to bring value to customers and users.

And this is quite a story when Macromedia decided to go mobile. Openwave makes a web browser, and let’s face it, when you stack up a traditional mobile web browser against mobile Flash, it’s clear who’s sexier.

And when we (Openwave ‘we’) realized Macromedia was going mobile (this was before they announced it several years ago), our strategic direction shifted. One of those directions was SVG and to a more limited extent, a partnership with Adobe.

Ah yes, SVG and Flash. Much has been written on that topic.

One thing I remember vividly is back when Thomas Reardon wanted to show something SVG related at DEMOmobile 2003. So I set about packaging the prototype SVG engine at that time, integrating it into our UI framework, and building several sexy demos to show off our engine’s capabilities. The demo was a big hit, and I heard that Reardon and the Macromedia CEO exchanged some words after the presentation.

Now that Adobe and Macromedia are part of the same family, I hope their respective technologies can stop vesting so much energy in competing and combine their strengths to make forward progress in moving rich internet applications, media, and mobile forward.

Though I do worry, it’s a pretty large company now.

Update: David Shea weighs in. 2.0

Wednesday, April 13th, 2005

Welcome to a slightly updated form of my web journal. Since my server crashed about a month ago, I’ve been looking to move to a dedicated host for e-mail, web, and commercial web applications. Dreamhost has fit the bill perfectly, and at their recommendation, is now running WordPress.

Not all of the templates are in place yet, so things will seem a bit funky for a short while I navigate the new templating system. (Things like Recent Artwork, some links, and my Music will come online soon)

With this new system, I’m excited, it’s much easier to post and manage now, so look forward to more frequent posts from me over time.