Macromedia dumps FreeHand – The Adobe Effect?
Today Macromedia announced Studio 8 and surprise – they didn’t include FreeHand in the list and revealed their plans:
[…]Combining the latest releases of award-winning Macromedia Dreamweaver, Macromedia Flash Professional, and Macromedia Fireworks, and key productivity tools Macromedia Contribute and Macromedia FlashPaper, Studio 8 offers a new level of expressiveness, efficiency, and simplified workflow to create websites, interactive media, and mobile content.
Maybe it’s not such a surprise if we consider that Adobe announced in April to buy Macromedia for 3.4 billion dollars, since Adobe Illustrator is already a leader in its market – why the trouble of supporting another illustrator software?
They say that:
“The new Studio 8 no longer includes Freehand. FreeHand was replaced by the addition of Contribute and FlashPaper to better fulfill the typical design-develop-maintain workflow needs of our customers. Note that owners of FreeHand can upgrade to Studio 8 and continue to use their existing FreeHand license.”
According to CNET, a Macromedia representative said that “Macromedia does not disclose future product road map information”. No matter what they officially say, I’m sure this is because of the fact that they’ll be bought by Adobe and I’m also sure that FreeHand will die slowly. While I’m not a big fan of FreeHand, I’m one of FireWorks and DreamWeaver, and I would mind if the development for these would stop – let’s hope they won’t do that to FireWorks.