Adobe kills off Homesite :(

Posted on Thursday, June 25th, 2009 at 5:27 pm
Adobe kills off Homesite :(

Adobe kills off Homesite 🙁

It is sad news, my beloved XHTML editor is now dead no thanks to Adobe with them announcing the death of Homesite as of the 26th May 2009.  They acquired Homesite from Macromedia (2003) and simply let it die, without even a hint of updating it or letting anyone know it would be abandoned since they took it over.

While other editors exist and will have to take the place of Homesite, at this stage there os no product (yet) that is as good as Homesite.   Adobe have simply said use Dreamweaver, but if I wanted to use Dreamweaver I would already be doing that.  The benefit Homesite has over Dreamweaver is that Homesite is light weight and very customisable – which is very different to Dreamweaver which is well over priced (as are all Adobe products) and is over bloated with extensions and tools and add-ons that for the most part are not needed.

I have made a post in their forums to ask why and also to see if they could release the software as open source, I will not hold my breath on that one as Adobe have never been on the side of goodwill intentions… Maybe (yer right) Adobe might release the final version (5.5) as a free download – but the downloads still show Homesite trial only as a download.

I find it very dissappointing in that it has taken them several years since taking over Macromedia to announce Homesites death, I will assume that many still bought it whilst also realising that number would have reduced over time since no updates or word on updates were provided by Adobe at any time.  There forums for Homesite (http://forums.adobe.com/community/homesite) while little used were there for some communication between users, but Adobe themselves never responded to any requests for where Homesite was going.

It is a sad day that this has happened and while it may not affect many I am sure there are some like me that had a faint hope that Adobe would release an updated version.. alas that is not to be 🙁

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2 Responses to “Adobe kills off Homesite :(”

  1. Douglas Maughan Says:

    I , too, am sad and disappointed at the arrogance of Adobe. The number of professional developers who prefer to use HTML must be huge. They have chosen, like you and me, not to use heavy-weight Dreamweaver.

    I am caught in a trap. My hard disk failed. I needed to re-install all applications. My licences HomeSite download EXE was destroyed. I’ve been looking for free downloads but can find none. There are many Trial versions available.

    I am now reluctantly looking at CoffeeCup HTML editor.

    Sadly your,

    Douglas Maughan
    Winchester, UK

  2. Greg Says:

    Douglas, you should still be able to recover your licence if you contact Adobe and they should still have a downloadable version for you. I have it here if they cannot provide the download as long as you have a valid licence, it would not be right for me to provide it to you otherwise…. if they say they no longer have the file for you to download and can provide you with authorisation for me to provide it to you for download then I would be happy to do so.

    I hope they can help

    Cheers

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