The Apparent Death of Go Live
When Adobe bought out MacroMedia, part of the concern from the user community was whether Adobe would continue to develop Go Live. With Dreamweaver widely recognized as the leading application for web building and development, folks were rightly concerned that Go Live had seen its last days. Apparently, it has, despite assurances from Adobe that it would continue to be supported.
Tomorrow, Adobe will announce its new CS3 line up, and the name of “Go Live” will be noticeably absent. Adobe is not even offering a Dreamweaver upgrade path from Go Live. Essentially, the Go Live Adobe community is being abandoned.
With this move, there will be no major commercial web development application other than Dreamweaver. Yes, there are lots of third party web development apps like BBEdit. But the mainstream market will effectively now be monopolized by Adobe and Dreamweaver and nothing else. That’s just not the American way. Silicon Valley, be damned! Who was the Federal regulator that let this one through?
I had hoped to get some kind of Intel-native version of Go Live, but that is not to be. I am not going to spend money on transitioning to Dreamweaver. I’m going to put up with Go Live’s speed hits and run it under Rosetta or I’m going to start managing my website while running under Windows.
I’ve seen some web forum traffic indicating there are still people who believe Adobe’s going to keep Go Live as some kind of consumer application. If that’s true, then why can’t you find any mention of Go Live within any product list in the Adobe website?
The whole thing makes me want to stick with CS2. Period.