Sometime around 16/7/09 (at 08:03 -0400) Joe Muscara said:
What I meant was I wish Aldus had stayed around. They seemed to have
a lot of great products and be responsible for a lot of great
development on the Mac.
Aldus did handle products which were excellent for their time. But
actually, it was also responsible for some mishandling of products
too. As noted in the Wikipedia article, FreeHand was licensed from
Altsys. When it bought Silicon Beach (SuperCard, SuperPaint, Dark
Castle, etc.) it acquired a number of excellent products and then
left them on the development back bench to wither away.
SuperCard was only rescued by a buy-out pushed through (against no
small amount of resistance) by a core team of the original creators
of the software. (It became Allegiant SuperCard and was developed
further. Allegiant went under after a few years and SuperCard was
bought by IncWell, but didn’t see much development there. Finally, it
was bought (by one of the original developers!) and has undergone
some really excellent development work since then.
SuperPaint was not really in a fit state for rescuing, having become
a major pile of code spaghetti during its shift to supporting 32-bit
colour. It needed a complete rebuild, and the new Photoshop and
ColorStudio were taking things past where it was able to go at that
time. However, it was continued and developed a little further - and
some of that product (particularly its once-innovative combination of
drawing and painting) did find its way into IntelliDraw.