Macromedia/Adobe Merger

When people ask me "Which companies do you think are doing it right, regarding community involvment?", my answer is always easy and quick – Macromedia. They’ve consistently worked with and paid attention to their developers and users. You couldn’t ask for much more of a relationship between company and consumers.

As a novice ColdFusion programmer, I’ve been watching the Adobe-Macromedia merger with a great deal of worry. Adobe doesn’t seem to have the same focus on community and users that Macromedia does. But from what the Macromedia folks are writing about the merger process on their blogs and from letters like this Sara Spalding, Director, Developer Relations.

This is the most encouraging part of the letter:

Our efforts with user groups around the world, developer events and conferences, and throughout the  community will continue as they always have, and we’re excited about how we can enhance and  expand our relationships with our development community.

Clearly everyone recognizes that one of the best things about Macromedia is their community relations as much as their great products. Let’s hope that sticks for the long term.