Just over a month ago, we told you about a new content and website creation app called Project ROME that Adobe had released for a public trial. We just got a note from Adobe and a link to a forum post saying, in essence, ... never mind. Based on feedback from users, Adobe has decided to abandon development of the product after just a few weeks of public availability.
Adobe has not given any specific reasons for canceling ROME, but our own brief trial showed its capabilities to be pretty limited. With all of the content creation software already available and the ease of building sites with content management systems like WordPress or Squarespace, ROME didn't seem to offer much that was novel. The education version of Project ROME is completely canceled, but the "commercial" version will remain available on Adobe labs for anyone who wants to use it.
Project ROME by Adobe was intended to explore the opportunity and usability of creative tools as software-as-a-service in the education market and beyond. A short public preview of the software has delivered valuable input from our customers regarding what they would expect from an Adobe offering in this space. As we evaluated customer input, and weighed this product initiative against other projects currently in development, we made the difficult decision to stop development on Project ROME in order to focus resources on delivering tablet applications, which we believe will have significant impact on creative workflows.
The trial of Project ROME for Education has concluded. However, the commercial version of Project ROME will remain free to the public via Adobe Labs along with other new and emerging innovations, technologies, and products from Adobe. No additional Project ROME software updates are planned at this time.
Adobe would like to thank the Project ROME testers and especially the many educators for their hard work and support on this initiative. The feedback and guidance on this project has been invaluable. While Project ROME will not be pursued, the insights and suggestions will help future product development.