Check out this morning's post from John Nack (John is a Product Manager on the Photoshop team, and a personal friend). It announces a new product that Adobe is releasing, called Adobe Lightroom. At first glance, this is a product that competes directly with Apple's Aperture application and is geared toward professional, photographers. Lightroom was in development when I was still working at Adobe, over two years ago (codename Shadowland), and am thrilled to see it actually appear in public finally.
So why am I mentioning this pixel news story in my vector-based blog? Because I believe that we've just witnessed the first significant influence of the Macromedia mindset in the world that we know as Adobe. You see, Adobe didn't just announce that a product called Lightroom would be available -- they released it as a public beta that anyone can use and try for themselves. Coming from a company like Adobe, this is quite significant.
A few weeks back, Adobe announced the official release of Adobe Labs (formerly Macromedia Labs). This is the first Adobe product featured on that site and I for one certainly hope that this is the beginning of a trend. Macromedia had always fostered a wonderful relationship with the developer community in this way, and hopefully, this will allow Adobe to do the same -- and expand the concept to users as well.