Adobe Systems co-founder and CEO John Warnock entered the lions' den here Wednesday when he delivered the second-day keynote speech at this week's Flashforward2000 conference.
Facing a crowd of designers dedicated to the Flash Web-animation tool from San Francisco-based Macromedia, Warnock touted Adobe's forthcoming competitor, LiveMotion, which the company expects to ship in the second quarter for $400 (£244).
Warnock spent most of his time demonstrating how LiveMotion can be integrated with Adobe's other graphics applications in a workflow to create interactive animations for the Web.
Warnock also talked up the open Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) standard, which, he said, will be a powerful complement to the Flash file format. SVG support will be integrated into LiveMotion, Warnock said, and added that Adobe is moving forward to incorporate SVG capabilities into its product line.
Warnock's presentation came on the same morning that Adobe announced it will license 3D streaming technology and pick up the 3D-production tool Canoma from MetaCreations In December, MetaCreations announced that it would abandon most of its line of graphics applications to focus on e-commerce tools.
Although Adobe has long held the lead in the content-creation market for print -- its Photoshop and Illustrator applications dominate the field -- it has only held its own in the Web market.
The company's first foray into WYSIWYG Web page editors, PageMill (originally purchased from Ceneca Communications in 1995), was relegated to the home and small-business market when Adobe acquired the German company GoLive Systems and its site-building tool CyberStudio in 1999. Renamed Adobe GoLive 4.0, the application currently goes head-to-head with Macromedia's Dreamweaver 3.0.