On a Friday in the waning months of the 20th century, a Macromedia employee was getting ready to meet with the creator of Beavis & Butthead
the next Monday to demonstrate Flash v.4's new feature, synchronized audio tracks – a feature he needed to learn over the weekend. So he put together the simplest model he could: a floating skull sans
lips, tongue or physique. The meeting was postponed, so the employee continued to spitshine the animation and put it on his website. His friends e-mailed their friends, and soon, everyone met a heavy-metal animated floating skull demon and his adorable little devil pal. Sparks had created Radiskull, who will kill you one by one
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posted by MikeHarris
on Dec 22, 2009 -
Designing With Microsoft?
Evidently this is Microsoft's attempt at competition
with 'Macrodobe', the strange, hybrid beast (lumbering?
) that is the combined Macromedia/Adobe merger. Microsoft has launched
a full suite of products taking aim at Dreamweaver, (is it better?
) Illustrator-Photoshop and Flash
. For many designers who pretend to be developers (or vica versa) Microsoft's new "Expression" will be 3 or 4 orders of magnitude less relevant than that old Corel Suite. The central issue seems to be one of credibility: Can Microsoft escape the seemingly permanent "FrontPage" stigma, not to mention even more recent
design community letdowns?
posted by thisisdrew
on Jan 23, 2007 -
Adobe to buy Macromedia
I almost choked when I saw this press release, Adobe is going to buy out Macromedia for $3.4 billion in stock. Adobe is paying about $9 over the current share price, which means the investors will make out nicely. With the two largest design software companies becoming one, the new Adobe will be a monopoly (if it isn't already with Photoshop). I just hope they remove the ability to make really annoying Flash movies...
posted by jonknee
on Apr 18, 2005 -
What software version numbers really mean.
Not sure who started the latest trend of dropping version numbers from software. We could always blame Microsoft with Windows ME
. But Macromedia is at fault too with the whole MX
thing. And MX doesn't even stand for anything. Now Adobe is getting into the mix. There will be no Photoshop 8 or Illustrator 11. Just CS
. So is this a good thing? Version numbers may not be exciting but it sure did make it easy to keep track of the latest upgrade.
posted by jeremias
on Sep 29, 2003 -
The Right to Flash
is an online petition for Macromedia to properly support Arabic and Hebrew languages which read from right-to-left.
posted by hobbes
on Jul 21, 2003 -
Users don't like a lot of Flash
- Looks like Macromedia's new Web site redesign
that utilizes all Flash for its navigation isn't winning any awards with users, especially those running Opera and Apple's Safari browsers. It's nice looking, but I prefer a simpler design like here MetaFilter.
posted by MediaMan
on Mar 11, 2003 -
Adobe has won
2.8 million from Macromedia for "patent infringements." Apparently Macromedia may be forced to pull Flash MX from their product line. As an avid Flash-developer I am personally affected. Is there something that we can do about this?
posted by banished
on May 3, 2002 -
What does MX stand for?
It doesn't say, but Macromedia, launched a huge new strategy today to integrate all of its software properties. Very smart, and perhaps too late?
posted by boardman
on Apr 29, 2002 -
Ever since installing the latest version of the Flash Player, I've been having problems with the sound continuing if I exit the movie, or close the browser window, until I completely kill the program by closing ALL open browser windows. Well, the problem has been formally acknowledged
, though Macromedia is being weird about doing something about it.
posted by Su
on Apr 3, 2002 -
Macromedia claims it owns Adobe patent
"Software-maker Macromedia Inc. is claiming it owns the patent to Adobe Systems Inc.'s popular Photoshop program, according to a suit filed in federal court Friday." Macromedia is alleging that in 1998 it patented technology used by Photoshop. Couldn't this only be web-based technology, since Photoshop was around long before 1998?
posted by kirkaracha
on Oct 19, 2001 -
Rude Software Installation
I clicked on a link that needed Shockwave 8.5 installed. Silly me, I said okay. After the download, the installation program nicely closed all of my open IE windows without first asking, creating a splendid loss of work for me!! Thanks Macromedia!! I'm now going to be on the lookout... What other software programs act rudely, creating defaults, shutting down your browser windows, or assigning themselves to extensions without first asking?
posted by yarf
on Aug 29, 2001 -
Macromedia Purchases Clue
Looks like the folks at Macromedia have finally come around to the fact that Flash is getting a really bad usability rap. They have launched a token usability section on their site. I thought the four sites they picked as 'Usability examples
' were very telling of their understanding of the issues. [via Flazoom
posted by DragonBoy
on Nov 26, 2000 -