On the one hand, no more lawsuit silliness over tabbed palettes. I’d imagine it’ll take a few release cycles, but we’ll finally have a consistent interface between some of the most popular design applications.
On the other hand, now we start the deathwatch on all former Macromedia applications that aren’t Flash or Dreamweaver. From the looks of the new bundles, there will be some shifting as contents settle, but the direction seems pretty clear. Only the web bundle includes any non-Flash Macromedia applications. You can still buy others stand-alone, but how long will that last?
What I’m particularly curious about is what will happen with their newly acquired web and server technologies. Adobe’s never had much of a solution for web development beyond the UI portion. Presumably GoLive will die in favour of Dreamweaver, but ColdFusion and Flex don’t have equivalents in Adobe’s stable. The obvious implication of a combined PDF/Flash platform sometime in the future means there must be back-end technology to back it up.
Should be interesting to see how all this impacts Macromedia’s attention to standards-based web development. Adobe’s made some strides in that direction recently with GoLive’s increased emphasis on CSS, but it has always seemed that Macromedia was fundamentally more in tune with the technology and the community.