So it's not really about protecting the developer. It's more about bypassing the developer, Adobe, and going after the developer's market. They avoid the costs of Dreamweaver, extensions, developer work. Great deal - for them.
I guess the can of worms is really your old customers rather than the solutions themselves. Seems short-sighted to me but if it's more profitable for you to go after the cheaper market I guess you have to do what you think is best for your company. As do we.
Truly sorry to see this happen.