Adobe, Week Two.

Much like Christian before me, I still find it a bit strange to say I’m an Adobe employee, but it’s getting more comfortable as the days progress. I’ve been using Adobe products (Photoshop and After Effects primarily) far longer than I’ve been using Macromedia products, however- so it’s not really that much of a stretch on a personal level. But this week, the second of my ‘official’ Adobe employment, has been a really positive for a number of reasons.

  • We’re really getting back to business this week. Months and months of anticipation led up to the inevitability of last week’s ‘Day One’ activities, largely a difficult one for all concerned- lots of good friends both staying and leaving the new Adobe family, and a lot of uncertainty as the details shook out for all to parse and work through.
  • The cone of silence between MM and Adobe employees is finally shattered. I’m currently in the Adobe HQ in San Jose meeting tons of new friends and getting my brain saturated with all the possibilities of a combined product line.
  • My role on the Developer Relations team will be moving more towards audio/video production and professionals going forward- a very exciting area for me to get back to, given the industry-leading A/V production software Adobe produces. More details as that shakes out, of course.
  • Macromedia ‘assimilation’ was painless and quick- over the weekend we were handily moved to the Adobe servers (and my personal email address switched to an adobe.com domain- update your address books now!). Haven’t had that easy of a switch since my mail was all analog. ;-)
  • Communication, communication, communication – I feel as if every step of the acquisition was well-communicated and clearly defined. Kudos to the Adobe integration team(s) who really went the extra mile to make sure we all felt welcome from the first minute.

So… although I would expect the weblogs to be migrating to an Adobe.com address at some point in the near future, things are settling down again pretty quickly. If you’ve written me in the last week or so, I’ll try to respond as quickly as possible but there’s still a lot of logistical stuff to clear up- unsubscribing/resubscribing to mailing lists, updating internal docs and materials, sitting in quite a few ‘get acquainted’ meetings to meet all our new counterparts here in San Jose (and other Adobe offices), and start finding my way around my new (and far larger) employer.

But anyway you slice it, it’s nice to be an Adobe staffer at long last- albeit with a bit of nostalgia for the Macromedia name that’s treated me so well for the last 6 years or so. It’s good to be on board.