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According to research firm Piper Jaffray, Adobe will launch a software bundle of major Macromedia and Adobe products in the first half of 2006, assuming the merger between the companies closes as planned in October.According to research firm Piper Jaffray, Adobe will launch a software bundle of major Macromedia and Adobe products in the first half of 2006, assuming the merger between the companies closes as planned in October. According to a report by Forbes, Piper is taking a contrary view on Adobe compared to most analysts: "While the Street generally thinks Adobe is coming out of a product cycle, we believe Adobe is going into a product cycle." Piper Jaffray, according to Forbes, expects Adobe's third-quarter results to beat consensus expectations, based on higher-than-expected demand for Studio 8 and other Macromedia products. ... (more)

Adobe CEO Bruce Chizen Speaks Clearly About Macromedia

Adobe CEO Bruce Chizen (pictured) spoke in plain English, bereft of euphemisms or corporate-speak, to the San Francisco Chronicle in remarks published Sunday, April 24. He didn't address sticky issues such as potential personnel layoffs, product eliminations, or whether the Macromedia name has a future (it doesn't, according to remarks by Macromedia's Chief Software Architect Kevin Lynch to MX Developer's Journal earlier in the week.) But he did answer a number of other questions in a straightforward manner. When discussing why Adobe is buying Macromedia, Chizen said, "If you look ... (more)

Flash To be Ported to Linux?

"When will it be time to bring our tools to Linux?" chief software architect Kevin Lynch and his colleagues at Macromedia, Inc., have been asking themselves recently. The answer, he said this week at Macromedia's latest "FlashForward" conference - the 11th of its kind - is right now. First to emerge, thinks Lynch, would be optimizations allowing Flash MX to work with Wine. Then if all went smoothly with that, next would come a Linux version of Flash MX - and eventually of Macromedia's other market-leading apps too. This move would parallel Macromedia's introduction of "Flex" to w... (more)

Macromedia Breeze Wins SIIA Codie Award

Macromedia Breeze recently was awarded the SIIA Codie Award for Best Corporate Learning Technology Solution. The Software & Information Industry Association's (SIIA) Annual Codie Awards competition has honored creativity and innovation in the software and information industry for 19 years. The Codie Awards remain the standard-bearer for celebrating outstanding achievement and vision in the software and information industry. "Macromedia is honored to win a Codie Award for Macromedia Breeze, especially considering the award denotes recognition of achievement by our peers in the sof... (more)

"Streaming Video Should Be Seamless," Says Macromedia

View Chris Hock & Jim Guerard Discussing Flash Video (Live on SYS-CON.TV)Macromedia's Executive Vice President and Chief Software Architect Kevin Lynch was able in his FlashForward 2005 keynote to point to the shining example set by New York Times, which this week chose to create an entire experience around the story of death of Pope John Paul II. "It's very fun to watch people experimenting with Flash and continue to push that envelope," Lynch said. Lynch reminded the San Francisco audience that no other technology has the kind of adoption levels that Flash player reaches with e... (more)