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Adobe is set to announce its acquisition of Web page design software developer GoLive tomorrow. Sources claim the deal is done and dusted and is simply awaiting final clearance from "Adobe's legal machine" before the takeover can be announced officially. The financial terms of the deal are not known. GoLive has achieved much success in the design community through its CyberStudio WYSIWYG Web page creation tool, largely by rapidly adding support for the latest Web technologies, such as Dynamic HTML, and offering a DTP-style look and feel, making it easy for designers working in more traditional media to move to the Web. That's in marked contrast to Adobe's own Web design tool, PageMill, which was one of the first WYSIWYG Web page layout applications but lost its edge years ago. While the company announced a record quarter last month for the three months to 27 November, its results for the full fiscal year showed a two per cent fall -- the quarterly results were driven solely by upgrades to Adobe's two key offerings: Photoshop and Illustrator. Big upgrades don't happen every quarter, however, and Adobe needs some more top-selling applications. It's been working on one, a competitor for DTP leader QuarkXPress, codenamed K2 (which will replace the ageing PageMaker), for some time. CyberStudio will add a second. CyberStudio is currently only available for the Mac, but sources suggest a Windows release is due real soon now. Under Adobe, that's likely to happen sooner rather than later. ®

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