“Microsoft has acquired iView Multimedia, developer of MediaPro,” Jonny Evans reports for Macworld UK. “Confirming the news, the smaller developer promised that Mac support in its digital asset-management products would continue. MediaPro is available for Mac OS X and certain versions of Windows.”
“‘Microsoft will fully support the existing Mac products, will continue to sell Mac versions of the current iView product line and will offer upgrade pricing to all Mac users of future products that may be available based on the iView products,’ said iView founder, Yan Calotychos,” Evans reports.
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Note: MediaPro is a digital asset management application for importing, annotating, organizing, archiving, searching and distributing digital files.
Open letter from Yan Calotychos, founder of iView Multimedia:
Tuesday June 27, 2006
Today marks an exciting new chapter for iView and its relationship with our customers. We’re announcing that iView has been acquired and is now part of the Microsoft Corporation. With Microsoft’s purchase of iView, we are in a position to enhance our industry-leading product, whilst strengthening our customer service and support.
As digital asset management has become an essential requirement for all creative professionals, many of you have told us that iView MediaPro is a critical component of your business. We take that responsibility very seriously.
In my view, this Microsoft acquisition affords us an unprecedented opportunity to be even more responsive to a thriving market and ensure that iView MediaPro continues to perform to its full potential. Our engineering and marketing team here at iView are energized and excited to be joining the Microsoft team, and I personally will continue to be involved in the evolution of the product for years to come.
What this acquisition will mean for you, our customers, is that together we face a bigger and brighter future in managing your creative workflow. The product that was born on the Mac will remain on the Mac as well as on the Windows operating system. All iView products will continue to be sold on the iView website and through our partners and channel. Bottom line: You all can continue to use and buy iView products knowing that they will be fully supported as Microsoft evolves the products in the future on both the Windows and Mac platforms.
Your feedback and suggestions have been integral to the development and tuning of our software, and as always we welcome your comments and questions. We have provided an FAQ regarding this announcement and we will keep you informed through regular newsletters and blog postings as appropriate.
Thank you again for your support, and we look forward to sharing with you the evolution of iView MediaPro — the industry’s true standard for digital asset management.
Yan and the iView Team
More info here.
MacDailyNews Take: “The product that was born on the Mac will remain on the Mac?” Yeah, okay. Call us cynical if you will, but why do we feel like the rest of the sentence was omitted? You know, something like: “…as a hobbled second-class application that goes without updating forever until we just cancel the Mac version.” Hope springs eternal; maybe Microsoft will do a fine job – there’s a first time for everything. What do you think?
• Introducing the super-fast, blogging, podcasting, do-everything-out-of-the-box MacBook. Starting at just $1099.
• Get the new iMac with Intel Core Duo for as low as $31 A MONTH with Free shipping!
• Get the MacBook Pro with Intel Core Duo for as low as $47 A MONTH with Free Shipping!
• Apple’s new Mac mini. Intel Core, up to 4 times faster. Starting at just $599. Free shipping.
• iPod. 15,000 songs. 25,000 photos. 150 hours of video. The new iPod. 30GB and 60GB models start at just $299. Free shipping.
• Connect iPod to your television set with the iPod AV Cable. Just $19.
• iPod Radio Remote. Listen to FM radio on your iPod and control everything with a convenient wired remote. Just $49.
Mac users should not buy Microsoft software (or hardware) – May 16, 2003