Sorry if I’ve been remiss in my posting, gentle readers. It’s been a traumatic couple of months.
First Adobe says they’re buying Macromedia; good for them, and maybe it means that Freehand, GoLive, and PageMaker will finally die merciful deaths, but I can’t help but be paranoid. Especially now that Quark seems to be circling the drain, do you feel safe if Adobe has damn near 100% market share? Oy.
Then good ol’ Microsoft announces a new replacement for PostScript. Written in XML. As you may recall, I and others were none too thrilled about that.
Now, as astute reader Don points out, “By the way Adobe could always use Scaleable Vector Graphics which is xml as a next generation postscript.” Yes and no. Now, apart from my nervousness about Adobe as a monopoly, I have *serious* doubts about SVG. It’s not widely used by anybody but Adobe, it’s buzzword-compliant with XML and (most importantly) it’s a text-based format. Again. Just like PostScript Level 1, which I’m sure everybody just loved. Unless I’ve misunderstood the specs for SVG, which is entirely likely (I’m no programmer), they’ve gone back on all the innovations of PostScript Level 2 & 3. You know, the generations of postscript which could actually use binary data like pictures, without having to spell it all out in text-based code that a LaserWriter 1 could understand? I have my doubts about that being a good idea.