Tuesday, December 06, 2005

SOFTWARE
Adobe Completes Merger with Macromedia, Announces Three New Product Bundles

Adobe Systems, Inc. announced in a December 5th press release that its acquisition of Macromedia, Inc. was finalized on Saturday, December 3rd. As a result of this mutually-agreed upon and eagerly-awaited transaction, each share of Macromedia common stock will be converted to 1.38 shares of Adobe stock.

In a separate press release issued on the same day, Adobe announced three new software bundles of combined Adobe and Macromedia software.

The Adobe Design Bundle combines Adobe Creative Suite 2 Premium (Photoshop CS2, Illustrator CS2, InDesign CS2, GoLive CS2, Acrobat 7.0 Professional, Version Cue CS2, Bridge and Adobe Stock Photos) with Flash Professional 8 for $1599. The Adobe Web Bundle combines Adobe Creative Suite 2 Premium with Studio 8 (Dreamweaver 8, Flash 8 Professional, Fireworks 8, Contribute 3 and FlashPaper 2) for $1899. The Adobe Video Bundle will be available early in 2006 and will combine Adobe video software with Flash 8 Professional.

Notice that Photoshop CS2 and Dreamweaver 8 are sold in the same bundle as Fireworks 8 and GoLive CS2, but as mentioned in a September 15th post, Freehand MX is no longer part of Studio 8. Freehand MX is still for sale, and listed at the bottom of the last column of the Adobe Products page.

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