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Old 09-25-2005, 09:33 PM   #1
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I got quite a shock when I looked at ACD Systems product lineup today. Gone are products like FotoAngelo, FotoCanvas, FotoVac, PicaView, ImageFox, ACDZip, VideoMagic, ImageShark, Express Communicator, and probably others. What remains are: ACDSee Photo Manager, FotoSlate Photo Print Studio, and Canvas (vector/bitmap editor). So either I dropped by in the middle of a Web site redo, or they have slashed their product line. I have a feeling it is the second one. http://www.acdsystems.com/products/index
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You're right. I wonder what happened?

   
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You're right. I wonder what happened?
Acquisition, new brooms, cost-cutting?

   
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Well, they might be redoing the list. But I did confirm that FotoCanvas is gone. Also, take a look at their "help wanted" page. They are looking for product managers for ACDSee and Canvas. And press releases over the past two year show several departures in top management.
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… take a look at their "help wanted" page. They are looking for product managers for ACDSee and Canvas. And press releases over the past two year show several departures in top management.
Not too surprising. In a way, I was always surprised to see their longevity. Deneba started way back when, before System 7 on the Mac (maybe way before), with a clever image editing doodad that sat on the desktop ready for clicking (a commonplace these days, but special then).

They didn’t achieve a critical share of the Mac market (against Illustrator, Freehand, Photoshop, and others) when they turned Canvas into a regular standalone program with vector as well as bitmap features (and, later, page layout). And then they took on Windows (while keeping up with the enormous programming changes to Mac System 7 and on to OS X). That is expensive, and they survived but didn’t seem to thrive during all that. Too bad. It had many strengths.

   
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Well, Deneba is no more, but ACD Systems doesn't appear to have given up on Canvas. Still, it does seem like the whole place is in the middle of a major shakeup.

Hmmm. I wonder. If I buy one share in ACD Systems, do they have to tell me everything that is going on? :-)
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Hmmm. I wonder. If I buy one share in ACD Systems, do they have to tell me everything that is going on? :-)
I dunno. Does any company tell its shareholders more than is legally required? And would an explanation for a shake-up be obligatory?

Let us know. But of course once you invest, you will have to protect your investment and not tell us anything discouraging about the company. <g>

   
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Hmmm. I wonder. If I buy one share in ACD Systems, do they have to tell me everything that is going on? :-)
They should; doesn't necessarily mean that they will.

   
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Yes, but only once a year, with the annual report.

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A number of older products and plugins that have not been updated for extended periods, have been recently removed from the website and the applications retired. The reasons for this vary with each application, but purchasers of these retired products will still continue to have access to customer and technical support for their applications.
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