Creativeprose: Merger Mania
Thanks to all of you who suggested names for the merged Adobe and Macromedia. You're a funny bunch of people!
Your suggested company names are below, expect for those that I thought were inappropriate to repeat in mixed company. When I thought a writer's explanation of his or her name suggestion made the name more understandable, I included it, as well.
As a bonus, go down to the section called "Software Names" for a list of suggested product name retoolings.
aMacroPhobea (perhaps defined as a fear of Macromedia and Adobe combined)
Bundle-rama Software Excuses
Cash (what Adobe cares about combined with Flash)
Cerberus (from a multi-head mythologic beast)
Emerald City Software
Madobzedia (I want to be everything to everyone)
BAM! Can't get much punchier than that! I see cartoon graphics, starbursts. How did I get to the name? Adobe-Macro-Media translated literally can be Brick, Abbreviation, Message - not so catchy. BAM - who wouldn't want that as a product name? "We used to be AMM, now we're BAM." "Adobe. Macromedia. BAM!"
Cmedia: I offer this as a result of the icons of the Adobe Flagships Photoshop and Illustrator. Both have references to the letter 'C' as in "See" with the consistent eye of photoshop (I know they changed it) and the Aphrodite images of Illustrator referring to the "Sea".
Although I think a name of incomprehensible initials would be the most appropriate, as Adobe started the ridiculous trend of naming software upgrades with suffixes other than .2, .3, etc., confusing the masses with CS (so CSMX, though too easy, would qualify), there will only be one possible name. When Adobe acquired Aldus, they took the first letter of Aldus and melded on the last four letters of Adobe. So this time, quite obviously they'll take the LAST letter of Macromedia and then add on the last four letters of Adobe. Here's what will happen: The letters "a", "o" and "e" in Macromedia will be incorporated into the new company name: "Adobe". This is more than what happened with the Aldus acquisition, when they only used the "A".
Jamison Coler got extra credit when he wrote, "The funnier side of this would be the names for the redesigned software." His names, plus one more, are below:
Adobe Creative Studio
Adobe ImageWorks MX
Adobe InDecision (The new name for the Web Design Bundle that includes programs from both companies)
Macrobat Professional with Macrobat Distiller