Kottke has a great summary of the links for the Adobomedia/Macrodobe story here.
In my opinion, this quote sums up what is wrong with this merger.
The combination of Adobe and Macromedia strengthens our mission of helping people and organizations communicate better. Through the combination of our powerful development, authoring and collaboration tools Â– and the complementary functionality of PDF and Flash Â– we have the opportunity to drive an industry-defining technology platform that delivers compelling, rich content and applications across a wide range of devices and operating systems. [here]
The Adobe and Macromedia Marketing/Press Relations teams need the help of the Bullfighter software.
Flash makes web products that are great for online games…and useless for anything else. Adobe makes a PDF reader, which I can replace with any number of free readers.
I can feel gravity dragging this merger into the pit of despair.
I agree with Om Malik and Russell Beattie — I vote “-1” on this merger.
More here and here and here and here
Richard Koman says this is a good deal…Flash on Mobile devices merged with a lighter version of Acrobat.
Sramana Mitra says that Apple should buy Adobe now. [here]
Strategize says Adobe everywhere, all the time. [here]
Roland Tanglao quotes Marc Canter, who is happy to see Macromedia disappear.
More from Roland here.