Adobe Denies GoLive, Freehand Reports

David A. Utter By David A. Utter
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Several web sites alleged that Adobe would dump its developer tools GoLive and Macromedia Freehand in favor of other products.

Adobe has no plans to discontinue development or support of either product, the company said in a MacWorld report.

With the Macromedia acquisition, Adobe picked up Dreamweaver and Freehand, products that had competed with GoLive and Illustrator respectively.

Dreamweaver has become a default tool for web developers, and rumors quickly swirled that Adobe would not spend money on duplicate products.

A story from the MacNN website cited remarks made by Adobe at London’s ‘Adobe Live Conference’ and picked up by French-language site MacGeneration. Adobe would phase out Freehand and migrate users to Illustrator, and drop GoLive in favor of the more popular Dreamweaver.

Not so, according to MacWorld, which heard from Adobe on the issue:

“Adobe plans to continue to support GoLive and Freehand and develop these products based on our customer’s needs,” an Adobe representative told Macworld in a statement.

“Clearly Dreamweaver and Illustrator are market leading when it comes to web design/development and vector graphics/illustration,” said the Adobe statement. “Customers should expect Adobe to concentrate our development efforts around these two products with regards to future innovation and Creative Suite integration.”

The development of those products will follow Mac users along to the new Intel-based Macintosh hardware.

Adobe’s Creative Suite includes the company’s signature software, Photoshop, and several other products like Illustrator and GoLive; MacWorld said Adobe has committed to them on the Intel platform.

On the humorous side of web development, blogger Elliot Swan suggested the most useful major for a college student considering a career building for the web could be Greek.

Swan noted how so many products tend to be released in alpha and beta versions, and gamma as Flickr as done. So why not pick up some expertise in the language? From the blog:

Complaining Customer: Your product is a piece of @!#%!!! I’ve already found approximately 137.8 bugs in it.
Support: What did you expect? This is only the Lambda release after all.
Complaining Customer: What the hell is “Lambda”?

But that’s not all. No, things will get even better than this:

Support: “Lambda” is the 11th letter in the Greek alphabet, marking our 11th release. In other words, we haven’t launched an official, full product yet. Would you like to talk to our in-house Greek Expert?
Complaining Customer: BS.
Support: Yes, I believe he got his degree last year.


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About David A. Utter
David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.

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