Copyright 2004 by M. Uli Kusterer Fri, 29 Nov -1901 11:06:32 GMT Comments on article blog-freehand-dead-again at blog-freehand-dead-again Comments witness_dot_of_dot_teachtext_at_gmx_dot_net (M. Uli Kusterer) witness_dot_of_dot_teachtext_at_gmx_dot_net (M. Uli Kusterer) en-us Comment 6 by Mikaine If I'm not mistaken, After Effects was also part of Aldus' pantheon ( And the legend says Aldus was developing a baby program (not released at that point) that one day became InDesign. Adobe knew this and took the development to the next level. For both Aldus and Adobe, PM was at that moment just a placeholder to the real fight against Quark.

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Comment 5 by Uli Kusterer Uli Kusterer writes:
Okay, I stand corrected. I guess the names are similar enough that I mixed up the PostScript thing. Sure, Aldus had PageMaker, but that's pretty much dead now, too. Though that makes one wonder: Why would Adobe buy Aldus, if they just killed off all their assets? I thought they'd kept some things from Aldus, but I guess it was all just a move to eliminate the competition after all?
Comment 4 by Andy Finnell Andy Finnell writes:
> And the first thing they did was sell Freehand off to Macromedia because after all they already had Illustrator.

Actually, they were forced to give up FreeHand because of a complaint to the FTC (since FreeHand and Illustrator were the only programs that did vector based graphics for print). At that point, FreeHand reverted back to Altsus, who was the companying developing FreeHand (Aldus just had publishing rights to FreeHand), who Macromedia then bought.

The fact that Adobe can discontinue FreeHand without the FTC intervining says something about the preceived competition in the market these days.

Also, note that it's FreeHand, not Freehand (notice the capitalized 'H'.) That was always a pet peeve with the FreeHand team. :-)
Comment 3 by Peter Hosey Peter Hosey writes:

Comment 2 by dewi Um. Old memories here, but I believe that Adobe invented Postscript. Aldus were the PageMaker guys.
Comment 1 by Craig Cottingham Craig Cottingham writes:
"Years ago, there was a company called Aldus. It... was the inventor of PostScript...."

Um, no. Postscript was created by John Warnock and Chuck Geschke at Adobe.

Aldus' early claim to fame was a little Macintosh application called PageMaker. :-)