Adobe to acquire word processor maker

Normally, I don’t post about things outside of the technical aspects of Flash-based development, but this one was just too good to pass up. It makes sense when you think about it in the context of Adobe’s merger with Macromedia early last year. Their shift from a Publishing / Graphic Arts based business model to a ‘workflow’ based model of combining art with development. This isn’t much different than any other vertical growth pattern stretching back to the start of the industrial revolution. By controlling the process from start to finish, they have the ability to leverage capabilities similar to a ‘CMS’ package. While they do have InDesign, which essentially is a word processor mixed with Illustrator, that product has been confined to boutique style documents and never reached critical mass necessary to seriously take on Microsoft Word.

The part that fascinates me from a Flex / Flash development perspective is Buzzword was created with AIR, one of Adobe’s own. Essentially they’ll own the source to the application, but it will be interesting to see how it is maintained / developed from here on out, as either an advancing AIR project or something they fold into other applications / toolsets.