"Now that the initial surprise over Adobe's acquisition of
Macromedia is over, it's time to step back and try to figure out
just what effect this deal will have on the many products in the
two companies' portfolios—and also on the businesses that
these products serve.
"Most of the synergies are obvious. By far, the biggest is the
combination of Adobe's PDF and Macromedia's Flash, two of the most
dominant formats on the Web today. It's an easy bet that we'll
eventually see Acrobat Reader and the Flash player combined into a
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