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NewsForge: It's Time to Integrate Open Source Graphic Applications

Feb 07, 2005, 11:30 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jozsef Mak)

"I've been a graphic artist and Web designer for more than a decade, and in that time, I've seen software companies expend a great deal of effort in attempts to monopolize the market. Adobe, for instance, took over the desktop publishing field early on by developing a set of powerful products, such as Photoshop and Illustrator. Macromedia had to fight to gain control over the Web design and development business, and its hold on Web development became apparent only after it integrated its products. Today, with a remarkable range of Web design and development applications, Macromedia is the indisputable leader of the field. It's time open source graphic application developers did the same.

"Among proprietary graphic software companies the trend is toward product integration. Besides being financially profitable, integrated products have additional advantages over independently developed products...?"

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