The Little Battle Between Apple and Adobe

By Jim Roberts | Apple

Because Apple refused to integrate Flash applications in the Apple iPad and iPhone, Adobe has thrown a lot of not so nice statements against Apple.

Apple seemed not to mind as it always stayed so silent and never gave a reply. Well, that is actually how it was before.

Just recently, in a public statement which may have been done once in a blue moon, a representative from Apple had given the company’s response to Adobe’s allegations about the former tying down software developers to the iPhone and would not allow usage of cross-platform such as Flash.

Apple’s spokesperson, Trudy Muller, announced to CNET that it was actually the other way around. If there is any application that is proprietary and closed to other developers, that is Adobe’s Flash. In truth, H.264, JavaScript, CSS and HTML5 are all standard, basic and open.

The beginning of the string was when Flash did not appear as one of the many applications of the iPhone. This incident was followed in a little battle when Lee Brimelow from Adobe had announced in a special meeting that a few of the most widely-known sites relied on Flash and that some Jobs are not satisfied with the technology. Then soon after when iPad was launched, it was Apple’s turn to enlist and enumerate sites that are supporting iPad application, most of which do not even have a shadow of Flash.

Incidentally, the company plans to present conversion ability of Flash to Ipad programs and applications to developers such as what took place with the iPhone. In response to this, Apple decided that the terms of iPhone developers be altered as such that only just a few programming languages may be allowed, Flash is not included among these selected few. It was so unfortunate for Adobe as it has included a major feature in its latest Creative Suite 5 regarding this Flash applications conversion into iPhone program. One can call this an instant product kill.

Then came the announcement by Adobe that future versions of Creative Suite shall not include any feature about Flash-iPhone conversion. What made it interesting was that along the process, Adobe surely made a hit on Apple. Mike Chambers, the Principal product manager of Adobe Flash developer’s relation has made special mention of Apple being one of the locked and closed platforms which in the near future shall be brought down by open programs.

About the Author

Holding a dual degree in both Management and IT with 13 years of business experience, I am Jim F. Roberts from California, USA. Needless to say, I am a techy guy and I love exploring, checking out the latest gadgets and sharing my thoughts on a lot of things.

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NookSurfer April 29, 2010

Looks like Apple just made an informal proposal to Adobe….You want Apple to include you in our products, give me a piece of the pie. This really defines the meaning of nothing’s free in the world. Apple’s got a great strategy and hats off to Steve Jobs.

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