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Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch
So long, farewell! Adobe cuts its losses and moves on to other mobile platforms

Well, it looks like it's the end of the road for any hopes of Adobe Flash on Apple's iPhone OS-based devices (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad). Although Steve Jobs has long since put his foot down regarding the matter, Adobe still held out hope that Jobs would change his mind.

However, those hopes were dashed earlier this month when Apple's iPhone OS 4.0 SDK banned the use of unapproved programming languages (including Adobe Flash). The move by Apple prompted some rather colorful language from Adobe Platform Evangelist Lee Brimelow.

Steve Jobs poured more salt on the wounds yesterday with an open letter that basically said that Adobe Flash's time has come and gone. "Flash is a successful business for Adobe, and we can understand why they want to push it beyond PCs," said Jobs "But the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls short."

It appears that Adobe has gotten the hint, and is now officially dropping its plans to push Flash Player onto the iPhone OS platform. Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch posted a response to Steve Jobs' rant -- Adobe's President and CEO made comments as well -- and still feels that Adobe could provide a "terrific experience" on the iPhone and iPad. However, the writing is on the wall and Lynch says that Adobe is shifting its energies to other mobile platforms.

“We have already decided to shift our focus away from Apple devices for both Flash Player and AIR," said Lynch. "We are working to bring Flash Player and AIR to all the other major participants in the mobile ecosystem, including Google, RIM, Palm (soon to be HP), Microsoft, Nokia and others.”

Lynch also said that there will be a public preview of Flash Player 10.1 for Android devices in May and that a full release will come the following month.



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Most amusing
By Windogg on 4/30/2010 3:09:30 AM , Rating: 2
Watching Apple and Adobe battle it out is like watching Stalin vs Mao. Two juggernauts that are both pretty despicable in their own ways with a very loyal core of followers. You really don't know who to root for because a victory to either will be a step backwards for everybody. Both side are throwing out press releases like the stuff generated by Iron Curtain propaganda mills.

I personally find Adobe products to be resource hogs, very buggy at imes, full of security holes, and expensive. While I have an iPhone and Macbook, I find it takes a lot of tweaking (and jailbreaking) to really make them work right. "It just works?" well not really. I've had more crashes with OSX 10.6 than with Win7 or even Vista SP2.




RE: Most amusing
By UrbanBard on 5/9/2010 2:31:33 PM , Rating: 2
Apple wasn't looking for this fight. It would rather that it began three years from now when HTML 5 is becoming mainstream.

The problem was that Adobe woke up to the fact that three years from now Apple will have 15% market share in PCs (8 or 9% world wide) and 70% market share in US Smart Phones. Microsoft says that IE9 will exclude Flash about that time. Apple's Safari browser still has Flash plugins now, but who knows for how long.

Adobe is complaining about being kept off the iPhone platform when Adobe has no Flash software which will run on a Smart Phone. Perhaps, Android will have Flash capability by the New Year.

Meanwhile, the Web is moving to the H.264 codec. A recent report suggests that, in the last year, H.264 has moved from being used on 31% of the web sites to 64%. So, this problem is taking care of itself, because we will use both systems. If Adobe can perform well, then there is no need for it to be replaced.

The problem is that Adobe's Flash has performed quite poorly on the Mac, so we welcome Flash's replacement. How any of this makes me or Apple a villain (or Stalin) is beyond me. If you don't like Apple products, then don't buy them.

PS The only time Safari crashes on my 24 inch iMac is when I am running a Flash video. I can go for a month or more without a reboot, so I have no idea what is causing your problems. I use ClicktoFlash to avoid all the distracting Flash ads.


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