More Apple Acquisitions?

Discussion in 'Mac Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Feb 25, 2003.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001
    A reader writes, stating that they have heard that "Daiken a maker of DVD software and Mariner a maker of Word Proecssing and Spreadsheet software" may have been acquired by Apple.

    While no links were provided, Sonic's Daiken and Mariner Software are presumably the companies mentioned.

    No word of such acquisitions have been leaked, and readers are encouraged to offer any information about these possibilities.

    The same reader, however, does note that some employees from Gobe have been recruited by Apple, and AlphaMask has been acquired by "a third party" according to their website.
  2. phampton81 macrumors member

    Jul 24, 2002
    I for one am happy to see Apple showing signs of expansion
  3. FattyMembrane macrumors 6502a


    Apr 14, 2002
    bat country
    i think aquiring nisus would have been a better move but this is still good news. as for alphamask, it was mostly former apple employees that ran the company and their software was, according to them, "cross-platform quartz".
  4. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    just to clarify...

    it's all very unsubstantiated.

  5. MOM macrumors member


    May 14, 2002
    San Francisco
    What does mariner offer?

    A quick look at Mariner website gives me the impression that their word processor is roughly on par with what Apple has in AppleWorks. Nothing in their feature set stood out as something new and great. Maybe their codebase is more modern??
  6. jaykk macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2002
    Mariner Word looks better

    I think Mariner Word looks better than AppleWorks, but i didnt try any other features. I hardly ever used AppleWorks.
  7. MrMacMan macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2001
    1 Block away from NYC.
    Maybe by spending a couple MORE million dollars we all don't have to use OFFICE.

    But not today. I need my grammar check, please.
  8. Freg3000 macrumors 68000


    Sep 22, 2002
    New York
    Totally. I don't understand why its not in Appleworks. You can turn it on in things like iChat for crying out loud.

    Anyone know why?
  9. DaveGee macrumors 6502a

    Jul 25, 2001

    I love researching things like this... :D

    I started with (for no specific reason) AlphaMask and found this on MacCentral (story date 5/26/2001)

    Point of interest:

    - AlphaMask CEO Mike Reed was tech lead on Apple's TrueType and font system before co-founding HeadSpin Technology, which focused on 2D and 3D graphics engines. In 1999 he founded AlphaMask to focus exclusively on 2D graphics and its applications to the new generation of consumer devices.

  10. DaveGee macrumors 6502a

    Jul 25, 2001
    On Daiken:

    From a press release from 9/24/2001:

    This one (given the price range and feature set) fits in well with Apples other high-end purchases such as Shake (another $10k-ish app if I'm not mistaken)

  11. squatch macrumors member

    Jan 26, 2003
    Re: Mariner Word looks better

    I am currently running a trial version of Mariner Word and really like the way it looks, feels, and is fast (VERY VERY much like an AppleWorks 7). The only problem with it is that you can't export to Word or even to Appleworks! This is unacceptable and so therefore I have to stick to Office for a bit longer. :(
  12. dricci macrumors 6502a

    Dec 15, 2001
  13. dstorey macrumors 6502a

    Dec 14, 2002
    it seems to me even if half these rumors are true that apple are wasting a lot of money. A lot of the companies they seem to be rumorsed to work with (like FusionOne) or buy were set up by ex apple employees and apple pays top dollar to buy them back. Maybe apple don't allow enough creative freedom and staff feel they have to leave and apple keep finding out what they are missing. I'm not sure how many companies set up by ex employees they've bought but i've heard a good few mentioned
  14. BenRoethig macrumors 68030


    Jul 17, 2002
    Dubuque, Iowa
    Re: Re: Mariner Word looks better

    With the hiring of former employees of Gobe and the rumored aquisition of Mariner, Apple has themselves a nice core for an updated version of AppleWorks or even an Apple Office. Considering the rumor that AppleWorks 7 will be out in April, I'm inclined to think the latter.
  15. DaveGee macrumors 6502a

    Jul 25, 2001
    Well that might be true but then again how many ex-Apple people have setup comanies that you've never heard of (due to failure)? Gotta look at both sides of the coin.

    The way Apple is doing things now Apple lets ex-apple folks use their own money to prove something is 'good AND successful' and then picks only from that group... Save quite a bit of money I'll bet... not to mention far less 'egg on the face' of Apple. Remember a failed software package or whatever tends to make a company look bad (something Apple can't afford to have happen as much as say Microsoft).

  16. dstorey macrumors 6502a

    Dec 14, 2002
    true and a good point, however there is only egg on the face of apple if the poor software is released. With the majority of software it will be quite feasible to see if it's such a poor product by testing and quality
    assurence. Maybe the could do something like the car companies with their prototypes that generally don't get released, but if the product is good and fits a market (like now when apple buys the company) then they can devoe more resources and ge the product ready for release.

    I'm not so sure it saves money as we are talking millions for buying these companies while the wages of the staff it let go and development costs are likely to be a good factor lower. Of course it's good for the ex employees which become millionaires overnight.
  17. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    Apple has already set the precedent of buy companies to get former employees back. Remember how they got Steve Jobs? They had to buy the whole company just to bring him back, and now maybe he's decided to do the same thing for others who are very creative people and would be good to have back with Apple. I think some of this has already happened, and I wouldn't be surprised to see more.

  18. DaveGee macrumors 6502a

    Jul 25, 2001

    They did the same with 'the father of Firewire' (forget his name) but he left Apple to start a firewire company that Apple purchased last year.

  19. nuckinfutz macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2002
    Middle Earth
    Apple hiring back former employees is more of a testament to the quality of their Hardware and Software Engineers.

    Former Apple Employees can be fairly successful. I doubt having Apple on your resume is any hinderance whatsoever.
  20. vitoman macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2003
    Re acquisitions

    Any truth in the rumor that Steve has intimated to Bush that he would be interested in setting up an Apple manufacturing facility in a post Sadam Iraq - as long as it can be renamed iRaq?javascript:smilie(':)')
  21. BubbaTAC macrumors member

    Jan 12, 2002
    I agree on Nisus

    I agree that Nisus would have been (would be) a much better acquisition than mariner. It is also very fast and actually has some features that appleworks doesn't. Wait for the full version for X to come out, but the previous versions have been awesome and innovative. To be honest, I am happy with office...I would like to move away because it is slow and bloated, but I like it. I would be most happy if microsoft released an office lite or express without extra garbage...but I like nisus writer (not a huge fan of their email, I use, and if Apple put their resources into it, then I think it could eventually become something that might be worth switching for
  22. nuckinfutz macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2002
    Middle Earth
    More talk about Apple Acquisitions

    Plus a new name enters the fray.


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