Apple releases new hardware and software:

Newer, faster G4 PowerBooks
Newer, faster iBooks
New motion graphics software


It’ll be interesting to see how Motion stacks up to Adobe After Effects, and even more interesting to see what other apps Apple has up their apparently very long flowy sleves.

Hmmm… web page editor? 2d animation package? One might even go so far as to speculate that a drawing app not unlike Illustrator would be on the cards what with the Inkwell built into OS X+.

Okay that’s probably quite far fetched.

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  1. Roger Harris

    21 April 2004 at 3.06 pm

    Apple has been buying good applications for the base of the new products they create. Apple would have to buy something like Freehand to make competition for Illustrator. There isn’t any native OSX vector programs mature enough to make a good start on a great vector application.
    Since Apple is making their own vertical video market, Adobe is getting with MS to do the same. I think this is what Adobe has wanted to do for several years; leave the Mac and work on the Intel market. I don’t think it will work as well as they think. I think Apple video on IBM chips is going to really eat Adobe’s lunch over the next few years. At the beginning Adobe will do good getting in bed with MS, but the MS Adobe combo with be very expensive to own and operate. Wintel deployment of such complicated hardware and software will be pricey up front hard to maintain. Apple, as we see is coming in very cheap and easy to maintain.
    I think Apple will grab up all the small and medium sized folk. The big guys always will want to get employees that are already experienced. These folk will be baptized in Apple products and platform. Apple is already taking Adobe’s customers in video and TV, and it will get worse over time. Apple is partnering up with companies like Panasonic on hardware for the video and TV market, and this is really going to fill in the gaps and provide some choice within the Apple vertical video market. Remember that a lot of this market is not MS but is Sun, Unix and Linux. This won’t be a walk in the park for MS. Microsoft’s lack of flexibility and high pricing will make it harder for MS to sell into this space. Microsoft and Adobe joined at the hip will be an ugly beast.
    But MS may do well with customers wanting to stream TV and Video. This what they are going after at this point. This is a little different market for Adobe and it may work for them? If Adobe steps up the push to Big business it will eventually leave their creative application as strange beast or neglected.
    Time to stop rambling about things I don’t know shit about. This folly makes me a great American or another fool that thinks his opinions are really going to float a boat.


  2. Red Wolf

    22 April 2004 at 10.54 am

    I’d like a nice stable web editor for the PC, bloody Homesite is obscenely slow across the network and quite often kills the network entirely


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