Remembering the fallen internet pioneers.
I’m attending the WeMedia conference today and will be live-blogging in this entry. Watch the site for constant updates as I will keep adding to this entry. It seems there are two clear camps here: the new media adopters and the traditional crowd. They can easily be identified based on whether they have laptops in front of them or not. It creates an immediate delineation line as the blog crowd obviously has a backchannel to use whereas the traditional media crowd does not. That’s another facet of WeMedia: always connected, enhanced knowledge through immediate sharing of data. We News Panel The AP showed a few familiar citizen generated clips of the Tsunami, the London bombing, the WTC bombing and said they started to use contributions as a way to get speed to market. “Technology is fundamentally changing the business and if we don’t adapt, we will loose that audience” – Richard Sanbrook, BBC Discussion of class disparity and availability of access to the internet channel. The United States are behind on this and it seems that there is little leadership in terms of moving forward on this. Keynote: Al Gore “TV dominates the flow of information in America… The most…Read More
This morning’s big news is that Macromedia is being acquired by Adobe. Reading through the announcement, it is hard to say whether this will come to pass or not, as there are many monopoly issues surrounding this deal. Side by Side The biggest impact will probably be felt on the low end of the creative space. Here’s a rundown of the upcoming battles to come as a result of this acquisition (this is based on the product sheets on the Macromedia and the Adobe sites) and my predictions on who will win each: Vector Graphics: Freehand vs. Illustrator While Freehand got a nice following, I believe this one will end up with Illustrator winning, largely due to its installed base. Expect the Flash integration to come into future versions of Illustrator and the Freehand platform to be de-emphasized Digital Imaging: Photoshop vs. Fireworks Once again, advantage Adobe, largely due to the larger feature set and the widespread development community that has brought extensions to it. However, expect the optimize for web section of the program to improve as these will be worked on by the old Fireworks team. Web Authoring: Dreamweaver vs. GoLive Advantage Macromedia. While GoLive is a nice…Read More