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April 19, 2005


I am a professional designer. I have been using Adobe products and Macromedia products for over ten years.

This merger does not bode well for our highly cyclical industry. Adobe was the print application powerhouse with a lousy web program. Macromedia was the web application powerhouse with a pretty good print program.

So, what do you do when you can't compete? Simple, you buy the company that is making you look like a chump.

Competition is good for our economy and good for business. In this instance, competition guaranteed, on a yearly basis, progressive leaps in application capabilities. Competition guarantees that opposing products won't become watered down and the cost of upgrades remains relatively static.

I am not going to speculate what Adobe has planned for the absorption of Macromedia, but I am not optimistic. I am certainly not happy that a single company now has a virtual monopoly on the products that support my business and my life.

The market for graphics software is pathetically small. Adobe is (or was) only one of four companies producing professional print/web graphics software for both Apple and Windows systems. Only two of the four companies remain, Adobe and Corel.

Adobe owns the graphic software market.

As for the contention that Adobe competes with Microsoft... Absolute BS. To the best of my knowledge, unless Adobe now has plans to tackle the 3-d graphics market, Microsoft doesn't produce a single piece of software for the print/web graphics industry.

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