The merger between Adobe and Macromedia received final US government approval last night.

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has approved the deal, though the transaction remains subject to regulatory approval in a few European jurisdictions.

Both companies expect to close the deal in the autumn.

Announced on April 18, 2005, Adobe has engaged in a definitive agreement to acquire Macromedia in an all-stock transaction.

Holders of Macromedia common stock will receive 1.38 shares of Adobe common stock for each share of Macromedia common stock they own at the closing of the acquisition.

The deal was approved by shareholders from both companies last August.

Macworld Conference 2005

October 27-28, 2005. At MacExpo, Olympia National Hall, London

Macworld has gathered the world's best Mac experts for this year's Conference, which focuses on two areas: Mac OS X and profesional design.

Mac OS X: David Pogue (author of many best-selling Mac books, and the technology correspondent for the New York Times) leads the Mac OS X stream, alongside Macworld's hilarious back-page columnist Andy Ihnatko.

Design Pro: Deke McClelland (author of The Photoshop Bible, and inductee of the Photoshop Hall of Fame) runs a masterclass on Adobe Photoshop and other Creative Suite applications, with digital-artist Steve Caplin and photographer Martin Evening. Quark Product Architect Dan Logan flies in from the US to show the world's first full demonstration of the ground-breaking QuarkXPress 7.0.

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