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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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RE: He'll be Back.
By Anoxanmore on 4/30/2010 3:43:40 PM , Rating: 2
No it isn't, Apple did hold the performance crown in video/audio processing and graphic design.

There is a reason Pixar originally used Apples to render their movies *cough*Toy Story*cough*

You are being uber dense. You also need to remember this was prior to AMD Athlon 1800+ and Pentium 4 1.8ghz.


RE: He'll be Back.
By Reclaimer77 on 4/30/2010 5:41:06 PM , Rating: 2
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No it isn't, Apple did hold the performance crown in video/audio processing and graphic design.


You are being a *little* minimalist in your argument, aren't you? I think if you dug up some benchmarks something would catch your eye.

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There is a reason Pixar originally used Apples to render their movies *cough*Toy Story*cough*


LOL now you are trying to sneak something by me. Sorry, nice try. Steve Jobs BOUGHT Pixar and became their CEO. Gee, I wonder why they picked Mac's to use !!?? Are you kidding me, get the hell out of here.

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You are being uber dense. You also need to remember this was prior to AMD Athlon 1800+ and Pentium 4 1.8ghz.


And you are bringing up ancient history!!!

So basically the premise of your argument is that Mac's were some kind of power machines in two very selective categories in a tiny window in time. And your supporting evidence is that the man who FOUNDED Apple, chose to use Mac's when he became CEO of Pixar. Maybe you should have posted impartial benchmarks instead.

Brilliant man, just brilliant.


RE: He'll be Back.
By sprockkets on 5/1/2010 12:54:25 AM , Rating: 2
If you have ever considered CPU architecture you would know that the PowerPC platform was always superior to x86, from day 1. The only reason why IBM went with Intel was due to their platform being ready sooner.

The fact that all x86 processors today take the x86 CISC code and make it into RISC code confirms PowerPC processors had it right all along.

Today it is only with Intel's billions made in the past that they've cleverly overcome all of x86 deficiencies and surpassed PowerPC with the C2D CPU.

You bring back many memories of my high school days in 1995 when they were using a Blossom workstation computer with dual Pentium processors trying to record video taken on VHS. They had to run it several times to get it to capture video without dropouts. And the saddest part was it was trying to do this all on Win95. Anyone who remembers that OS will find it hard to imagine doing any form of work on it without crashing or needing to reboot multiple times in a day.

Sure, today the whole PowerPC vs. x86 situation is gone, and thus it is between OSX and the current iteration of NT.

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LOL now you are trying to sneak something by me. Sorry, nice try. Steve Jobs BOUGHT Pixar and became their CEO. Gee, I wonder why they picked Mac's to use !!?? Are you kidding me, get the hell out of here.


That doesn't make any sense as Steve Job's computers at the time would have been NeXTStep workstations, not Macs.

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So basically the premise of your argument is that Mac's were some kind of power machines in two very selective categories in a tiny window in time.


It only took Microsoft 10 years to clone the Mac desktop. That isn't a tiny window of time, especially in the computer market.


RE: He'll be Back.
By Anoxanmore on 5/1/2010 4:02:23 AM , Rating: 2
*cough* Read the guy above me Reclaimer and grow up a bit.


RE: He'll be Back.
By luseferous on 5/2/2010 4:12:40 PM , Rating: 2
"There is a reason Pixar originally used Apples to render their movies *cough*Toy Story*cough*"

Sorry but the 'Pc' has always been ahead of the Mac in 3d rendering and design. Software like Maya,3D Max, Softimage, Lightwave... all grew up on the pc and on the whole only got ported over to the Mac much later on. For 2D stuff Mac's have been the choice of the industry but how much cpu power does it take to rotate a bitmap as opposed rotating a complex textured 3d model.

BTW those apple benchmarks claiming the G5 to be the faster than competition I'm pretty sure were proved to be bogus,misleading and were dropped very quickly by Apple.

In a nutshell Mac's have always had the edge in 2d image processing/design due to the software not the hardware.


RE: He'll be Back.
By luseferous on 5/2/2010 4:17:06 PM , Rating: 2
As a side note at least one of the programs I listed above started life on the Amiga which at the time crapped on both Pc and Mac in terms audio/video processing abilities.


RE: He'll be Back.
By beerhound on 5/3/2010 9:40:43 PM , Rating: 2
That would be lightwave, back when it came bundled with the VideoToaster. Those things were so far ahead of other PCs at the time, they were used to render Babylon 5 for the first couple of seasons. Too bad the corporate weasels at Commode-odore were such a bunch of screwups, the engineers actually had a lot going for them.


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