Archive for April, 2005

Apr 18, 2005

Macromedia, Adobe make peace for bigger fight

Apr 18, 2005

Macromedia Weblogs – Mike Chambers, Developer Relations Product Manager

Blogged by Mike Chambers – News, resources, info and links on everything Flash from a Macromedia Product Manager for Developer Relations.

Well, as you probably have probably heard by now, Macromedia and Adobe announced this morning that our companies are combining. If you are like me, then I am sure there are a ton of questions going through your head. We have put up a mini site with more information, but I wanted to make a quick post to put some more context around what is happening.

Apr 18, 2005

Photoshop is pricey, but worth it

Source: Boston Globe
Written By Michelle Johnson, April 18, 2005

For some consumers, $600 is a lot to pay for Adobe’s latest version of its flagship image-editing software, Photoshop Creative Suite 2. But according to Adobe, at least a third of Photoshop’s users are home users.

Apr 18, 2005

Adobe Systems Provides Q2 FY2005 Intra-Quarter Business Update

Company Expects Results Toward the High End of Previously Provided Financial Target Ranges

Apr 18, 2005

The Expanding Adobe Empire

Source: eWeek
Written by Matthew Rothenberg

No, it’s not a belated April Fool’s joke: Adobe Systems really, truly is buying Macromedia Inc. to the tune of $3.4 billion.

This deal culminates what I reckon to be a decade’s worth of Macromedia acquisition rumors (practically since Macromedia was formed in 1991 by the merger of Macromind and Authorware). It also spells the end of a decade’s worth of rumors that Apple would be the buyer (although Apple did in fact purchase Macromedia’s Key Grip video-editing technology in 1998 and rename it Final Cut).

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Apr 18, 2005

A Brief History of Macromedia

Macromedia, was formed through the merger of three small software companies: Macromind, Paracomp, and Authorware. Macromind was most well known for Director (see the “Unofficial Brief History of Director“). Many Director customers created 3D renderings and animations using Paracomp’s Swivel3D, designed for photorealistic 3D graphics and true color output for illustration, product design, graphic design and animation. The two companies saw a synergy in their products and formed Macromind Paracomp in late 1990. Soon thereafter, Macromind Paracomp merged with Authorware to form Macromedia in 1991.

Macromedia aquired Aldus Freehand from Altsys, as a required divestiture returned Freehand rights to Altsys as a result of the merger of Aldus and Adobe in 1995.

Apr 18, 2005

Adobe and Macromedia

Source: Adobe Statement

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq: ADBE) has announced a definitive agreement to acquire Macromedia (Nasdaq: MACR) in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $3.4 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, which has been approved by both boards of directors, Macromedia stockholders will receive, at a fixed exchange ratio, 0.69 shares of Adobe common stock for every share of Macromedia common stock in a tax-free exchange. Based on Adobe’s and Macromedia’s closing prices on Friday April 15, 2005, this represents a price of $41.86 per share of Macromedia common stock.

The combination of Adobe and Macromedia strengthens our mission of helping people and organizations communicate better. Through the combination of our powerful development, authoring and collaboration tools – and the complementary functionality of PDF and Flash – we have the opportunity to drive an industry-defining technology platform that delivers compelling, rich content and applications across a wide range of devices and operating systems.

By combining the passion and creativity of two leading-edge companies, we will continue driving innovations that are changing the ways people everywhere are experiencing and interacting with information.

Apr 18, 2005

Forbes People Tracker – Bruce Chizen

Source: Forbes

Chief Executive Officer, Director at
Adobe Systems Incorporated
Officer since August 1994
Director since December 2000
49 years old
City University of New York at Brooklyn College, Bachelor of Science

Apr 18, 2005


Macromedia Press Release: SAN JOSE, Calif. – April 18, 2005 – Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq: ADBE) today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Macromedia (Nasdaq: MACR) in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $3.4 billion.

The combination of Adobe and Macromedia will provide customers a more powerful set of solutions for creating, managing and delivering compelling content and experiences across multiple operating systems, devices and media. Together, the two companies will meet a wider set of customer needs and have a significantly greater opportunity to grow into new markets, particularly in the mobile and enterprise segments.

Apr 18, 2005

Adobe Systems Agrees to Buy Macromedia for $3.4 Bln

Source: Bloomberg

April 18 (Bloomberg) — Adobe Systems Inc., maker of Acrobat and Photoshop software, agreed to buy Macromedia Inc. for about $3.4 billion, adding programs that display images and sounds on Web pages.

Investors will receive 0.69 share, worth $41.86 at the close of trading April 15, for each Macromedia share, San Jose, California-based Adobe said in a statement today. That values San Francisco-based Macromedia at a 25 percent premium.

The Macromedia purchase, Adobe’s biggest ever, gives Chief Executive Bruce Chizen a broader set of programs to fend off expected competition from Microsoft Corp., which may include more document features in the next version of its Windows software. Macromedia’s Flash, used in 98 percent of desktop computers, also reduces Adobe’s reliance on Acrobat software that forms PDF files.

Apr 18, 2005

Adobe Chizen Targets New Markets With Macromedia Deal

Source: Forbes
Written by Chris Noon, 04.18.05, 9:23 AM ET

Another brick in the wall: You know Adobe Systems (nasdaq: ADBE ) for its handy Acrobat and Photoshop programs that beautify desktop publishing with nifty fonts and applications. The leading graphics and software company is now to acquire (Macromedia (nasdaq: MACR), known for its Flash Player and Shockwave Player, in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $3.4 billion, the companies announced today. Macromedia stockholders will receive 0.69 Adobe shares for every Macromedia share they own. Pending the approval of U.S. regulators, the transaction is expected to be completed by fall. Adobe Chief Executive Bruce Chizen, who will remain as chief executive of the new company, is hoping the merger will allow the two companies to team up to create more powerful software programs that can be used across multiple operating systems. “The primary motivation for the two companies joining is to continue to expand and grow our business into new markets,” Chizen said.

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Apr 18, 2005

Adobe in $3.4 Bln Deal for Macromedia

Source: Reuters
Mon Apr 18, 2005 8:57 AM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Software maker Adobe Systems Inc. (ADBE.O: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Monday it agreed to buy multimedia software firm Macromedia Inc. (MACR.O: Quote, Profile, Research) for about $3.4 billion in stock, in order to extend its lead in the market for creating and distributing digital documents.

Apr 17, 2005

Letter to the Editor – What about Scripting?

PhotoshopNews reader, Larry, wrote in and said:
I’m looking for any information about the updates to the JavaScript scripting in Photoshop CS2. I can’t seem to find anyone who knows anything about new User Interface functions for JavaScript scripting.

Apr 17, 2005

Adobe Licenses Rotoscoping Technology from Curious Software

Press Release: SAN JOSE, Calif. — April 17, 2005 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that an agreement to license, develop and distribute the rotoscoping technologies of Curious Software. Adobe intends to use the licensed technology to expand the professional capabilities of its product line by integrating it into future Adobe software.

“As a leader in the professional photography and video markets with products like Adobe® Photoshop®, After Effects® and Adobe Premiere® Pro, we’re committed to deliver the best tools in the industry,” said Bryan Lamkin, senior vice president of Digital Imaging at Adobe. “Adobe is investing in this rotoscoping technology because it complements our existing product strengths and will help simplify video workflows.”

Apr 17, 2005

Adobe Aligns with Industry Leaders to Deliver OpenHD Turnkey Desktop Solutions

Press Release: SAN JOSE, Calif. — April 17, 2005 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced it is collaborating with industry leading companies including HP, Intel, Microsoft, and Dell to deliver a line of open, scalable, certified desktop HDV and HD solutions optimized to meet the needs of video, film and broadcast professionals. Introduced at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention (NAB 2005), four new OpenHD™ Certified Solutions, supporting HDV to uncompressed HD RealTime, will be demonstrated in the Adobe booth, #SL313, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The Adobe Video Collection, which includes Adobe® Premiere® Pro 1.5, After Effects® 6.5, Adobe Audition® 1.5 and Adobe Encore™ DVD 1.5, is the cornerstone of these certified solutions, providing the software needed to capture, edit and output professional HD productions.

Apr 17, 2005

Nikon encrypts D2X white balance metadata

In a post on Adobe’s User to User Forum for Camera Raw, Thomas Knoll, chief engineer for Camera Raw and the original author of Photoshop (developed along with his brother John Knoll) has stated that Nikon has taken the unusual step of encrypting the white balance information contained in NEF files written by Nikon’s new D2X and D2Hs cameras.

Thomas says in his post: “They (Nikon) decided to ENCRYPT the white balance data inside the NEF file for these cameras. Previously, the white balance data was stored in non-encrypted format, and was readable to third party raw converters using simple reverse engineering of the file format.

Apr 16, 2005

Adobe Bridge and Camera Raw 3 – Shortcuts

So, Photoshop CS2 has been announced and with it we get a host of new features such as: Vanishing Point, Smart Object, Smart Sharpen, Image Warping, 32-bit support Merge to HDR, Lens Correction, Noise Reduction plus a lot of others under the bonnet. Along with these new features we also find a significantly enhanced version of Camera Raw and a completely new companion application called Adobe Bridge.

Apr 16, 2005

Adobe Bridge and Camera Raw 3 – Shortcuts

So, Photoshop CS2 has been announced and with it we get a host of new features such as: Vanishing Point, Smart Object, Smart Sharpen, Image Warping, 32-bit support Merge to HDR, Lens Correction, Noise Reduction plus a lot of others under the bonnet. Along with these new features we also find a significantly enhanced version of Camera Raw and a completely new companion application called Adobe Bridge.

From the very first day I began beta testing Photoshop CS2 it was Bridge along with Camera Raw 3 that became my favourites. Why Bridge and Camera Raw? Well, I’m primarily a photographer and whilst the other new features will play an important role in the image making process, it is in the initial phase of this process where photographers will benefit the most. As a photographer I can easily find myself processing many hundreds of images after a day’s shooting, so anything that makes that task easier and more efficient is to be welcomed. Since Bridge is a standalone application, it is far more flexible and less of a resource hog than File Browser ever was. In fact, during beta some testers referred to Bridge as being like “the File Browser on steroids”.

Apr 16, 2005

Nikon – “Where does Photoshop come in?”

A message posted on April 14, 2005 on the Adobe User To User Forum for Camera Raw by nunatak (screen name) said:

hi everyone …

nikon emailed me a link this morning. in clear convincing language, they helped delineate for me the usefulness of Photoshop. some of their stronger arguments were:

“Where does Photoshop come in? As graphic arts software, it’s great for removing a telephone pole, or adding a drop shadow, or affixing a caption to your photo. But if you’re using it to crop or straighten an image, or adjust contrast, brightness, saturation and curves, or to apply filters, you simply don’t need it.

Photoshop is excellent for graphic artists; Capture is designed for photographers.”

just wondering if there were any Nikon shooters whom agreed?

Apr 15, 2005

Caption This: Reader Responses

Source: Sports Illustrated
Friday April 15, 2005

On the Sports Illustrated web site in the SCORECARD daily, SI runs a daily “Caption This” feature that encourages readers to post captions to the SI posted photograph. One caption caught the PSN Editor’s notice:

“Trying to fake their support, these three photoshop themselves into a shot of the last surviving person who was actually alive the last time the Cubs won a pennant.”
— Ross, Orangevale, Calif.

Apr 15, 2005

iView and Phase One Release Photo Bundle

Apr 15, 2005

Wacom debuts Bluetooth wireless pen tablet

Source: MacNN

Wacom Technology today announced the first Wacom pen tablet to incorporate Bluetooth wireless technology. The new Graphire Bluetooth offers a 6″ x 8″ active area, Wacom’s patented cordless, battery-free pen technology, 512 levels of pressure sensitivity, and more. The Wacom Graphire pen provides a natural and controlled way to retouch and edit digital photos and create original art and a built-in eraser makes it easy to quickly fix mistakes.

Apr 15, 2005

An early peek at Longhorn

After months of keeping its prized cow in the barn, Microsoft is beginning to let Longhorn out of the corral for public viewing.

Apr 15, 2005

Does the OS Still Matter for Graphics Pros?

Opinion: Apple’s Tiger delivers solid features, but the system is less of a factor if the software compensates for OS weaknesses.

Apr 15, 2005

Friday Summary / 04-15-2005