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Open source advocates claim Adobe is showing open source animosity

When it comes to rich media on the Internet today, much of the media is powered by Adobe Flash. Flash has some competition like Microsoft Silverlight, but Flash continues to be one of the most supported rich media applications.

The future of Flash is not as clear as it once was with Google touting the ability to support rich media applications online with HTML 5. For its part Adobe insists that Flash will survive HTML 5 and Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen went so far as to dismiss HTML 5, reports InformationWeek.

Narayen said, "[T]he fragmentation of browsers makes Flash even more important rather than less important."

Perhaps the most interesting demonstration that could put fear into the hearts of Adobe and its shareholder is the demonstration by Google at its developer conference of a YouTube prototype using HTML 5 instead of Flash.

Adobe's John Dowdell posted a blog comment in response to numerous headlines and Tweets that called HTML 5 a "Flash-killer." Dowdell called Apple, Google, and Mozilla "a consortium of minority browser vendors" and considered the absence of Flash on the iPhone and Silverlight technology as an endorsement of the technology.

Dowdell wrote, "Silverlight's launch helped boost the popularity of Flash. ... iPhone helped to radically increase the number of phones with Flash support."

Adobe has taken a defensive tact with regards to HTML 5 leading to speculation that the company may be more afraid of the technology that it wants to let on. InformationWeek reports that some readers posted comments to Dowdell's blog calling the advocacy of Flash another sign of Adobe's "open standards animosity."

Adobe is trucking along in the poor global economy, but reported a 41% drop in profits for its last quarter. Despite the decline in profit the stock price remains steady, which InformationWeek believes is a sign that investors see the drop in profits as due to the economy and not issues with the company or its offerings. Strategy Analytics reported in February that MySpace and YouTube were driving the adoption of some forms of Flash. If YouTube movies to another platform it would be a significant blow to Adobe.


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By mindless1 on 6/20/2009 1:10:58 PM , Rating: 2
I'd call infinite zoom without pixelation an undesirable thing, when I zoom I want to see a close-up of what something is, not a smoothed version of what it isn't.

Flash is a cancer on the internet, it is ludicrous you can't even watch many video clips without this bloat of an additional layer over it. It detracts from doing even the most basic of things by taking more time, consuming more system resources, increasing download amounts.

You might say "oh properly designed flash won't do this", to which I counter only if you contrast it with improperly designed non-flash alternatives".


By nuarbnellaffej on 6/21/2009 5:36:57 AM , Rating: 2
While I admit I haven't been a big fan of flash by any count, I think it's vector based graphics and infinite zoom are very useful for certain types of games etc...

It's not like you would try to zoom in on a picture or something like that in flash, if so than obviously it would pixelate.


By ImSpartacus on 6/21/2009 10:26:00 AM , Rating: 4
I don't think you understand what vector graphics entail. Flash aside, vector graphics use paths instead of raster's pixels. This can provide a genuine "close up" of what the image really is.


By MRwizard on 6/22/2009 5:58:26 AM , Rating: 2
in other words, it uses maths to draw lines and curves


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