Adobe Systems Inc., one of the world's largest providers of document-design software, will acquire Macromedia Inc., a leader in web design software, in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $3.4 billion, the companies announced April 18.

Though it was unclear at press time exactly how this union of print and online publishing software giants would affect each company's respective products, one thing is for sure: The deal is bound to have an impact on teachers and students at all levels of education.

San Jose, Calif.-based Adobe's software includes the popular


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