Macromedia Pricing Versus Innovation

Macromedia announced their Flash Media Server 2 today. I find these two items in the press release contradictory:
1: “…a flexible development environment for creating and delivering innovative, interactive media applications.”
2: “Prices start at $4,500 for a two-CPU configuration Professional Edition license.”
That’s no different than the previous server, I believe. But come on. When the cheapest price is beyond the reach of almost all independent developers, there will be very little innovation, I assure you.
The success of Flash was based on the fact that tons of students, independent developers and animation hobbyists adopted the cheap tool (used to be about $200) and created cool stuff. Now even Flash 8 will be $699 by itself.
I hesitate to suggest that Macromedia offer a “developer edition” of the server, as in the past they have always crippled such versions so much that they can’t be used for anything innovative either.
I also find it funny that at the main Flash product page Macromedia features a video of Colin Moock, well known Flash book author and innovative developer. However, Moock’s Unity Server is a much more reasonably priced alternative to the Flash Media Server. It doesn’t have some of the media features of Macromedia’s server, but provides plenty of functionality and the right price ($139) for innovation.

Posted on September 8, 2005 at 7:37 am by site admin · Permalink
In: General

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  1. Written by Zac
    on 9/8/2005 at 8:44 am

    Sounds like the same policy that doomed Generator and MUS.

    Makes you wonder whether the people that set these policies are somehow so addled that (they can’t even learn from their own past mistakes or just that greedy.

    Can you actually make enough money from Fortune 500 companies that it makes up for the lack of an expanded developer base?

  2. Written by booty man
    on 9/8/2005 at 9:31 am

    Well, the obvious truth to me is that, yes, they can get big craploads of money from enterprise companies. Many times the people making buying decisions dont want to hear about Moock like solutions and dont get it, and many times developers who just want to play with it get the dept to order it. They pay it because a lot of so called enterprise software solutions cost even more .

    I think also if every flasher could expoit a flashcomm server, the internet would probably fold in on itself overnight.

  3. Written by booty mans back
    on 9/8/2005 at 9:32 am

    Although, yeah, Macromedia has a severely crappy big headed history ofkilling servers through overpricing. Listening GUYS???

  4. Written by aardvark
    on 9/12/2005 at 3:04 pm

    Think. Don’t become dependent on closed-source platforms. Seriously, give this some in depth thought. I could rant my own reasons, having gained some experience through my mistake, but it is best if you think through the implications yourself.

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