updated 01:15 am EDT, Mon April 28, 2008
Adobe discontinues GoLive
Adobe on Monday announced that GoLive website creation tool has been discontinued in favor of Dreamweaver, the popular design tool acquired from Macromedia a little more than three years ago; confirming reports from a almost two years ago (which the company later denied and subsequently promised continued support), Adobe said it has ceased development and sales of the effective Monday, April 28, 2008. However, despite the Macworld report, the software was still available for sale (and as an upgrade) on Adobe's website early Monday morning.
Before Monday's announcement, Adobe had already begun a "switch" campaign for current users with a section of its website dedicated to gently "pushing" users away from its recently launched GoLive product toward Dreamweaver.
"Before purchasing Adobe GoLive 9 software, consider Adobe Dreamweaver CS3, the market-leading tool to design, develop, and maintain websites and web applications," the company's "switch" website reads. "Part of Adobe Creative Suite 3 software, Dreamweaver CS3 offers a visual layout interface, a streamlined coding environment, and intelligent integration with related Adobe software. Free tools and support are also available to help ease your transition from GoLive to Dreamweaver."
Although the company launched GoLive 9 last summer with visual CSS and site management features, Adobe said that the line had blurred between GoLive and DreamWeaver, forcing to the company to choose one the "better fit" product for its customer base.
"GoLive helped creative professionals to support what was then a new market trend," GoLive product manager Devin Fernandez told the publication. "That is, design moving to the Web. Even after GoLive 9 came out people were drawn to Dreamweaver...especially around features and support for technology like AJAX and CSS Starter Points. Dreamweaver also supports dynamic content, while GoLive doesn't."
Adobe promised that will continue to support GoLive users with online tutorials and migration assistance; it also offering a $200 upgrade for registered GoLive users to switch to Dreamweaver; however, the details were not available early Monday morning.