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In that span of time, Adobe Systems has gone from touting its technology for building Flash applications that run on the iPhone to canceling future development of that technology.
When Apple changed the terms of its iPhone 4.0 software developer kit license, it effectively blocked Adobe's move. But in his Tuesday announcement that Adobe will cease future development of the Flash-apps-on-iPhone technology, Mike Chambers, Adobe's principal product manager for the Flash platform, let loose a tirade that indicates the battle between the two companies isn't over yet.
Adobe has said it won't be developing any more versions of its packager, which allowed Flash applications to be recompiled for the iPhone.[theregister.co.uk...]
Instead Android will be its focus in the future.
"We will still be shipping the ability to target the iPhone and iPad in Flash CS5. However, we are not currently planning any additional investments in that feature."
Apple has issued a shock public attack on Adobe Flash.[theregister.co.uk...]
Of course, it's not the attack that's shocking - just the public bit. Typically, the m.o. of the Jobsian cult is to abuse Adobe Flash behind closed doors - or simply ban it from popular handheld devices.
On Wednesday, Apple PR sent a - gasp! - statement to Cnet regarding the ongoing Adobe kerfuffle, and the irony is that it called Flash "closed and proprietary."
Adobe platform evangelist Lee Brimelow even went to far as to tell Apple to "Go screw yourself."
So they will lose all the corporate users who don't have the option of a fully-HTML 5 compliant browser?
Is this true? I don't use macs very often, but i can't recall one ever crashing due to Flash. This seems like an incredibly spurious claim to me.
...in an internal meeting late last month [with the Wall Street Journal], Mr. Jobs told employees that Flash was "buggy" and blamed the majority of Mac computer crashes on problems with the plug-in software.
Mr. Jobs said Apple will support Web sites that use the emerging HTML5 standard, which is being developed by a consortium that includes Apple and Google Inc.
HTML5 will fix thisReally!? I see how html5 can replace Flash-Video, but how does it replace Flash? With html5 how do you make one object morph into another with vector animation (tiny files)?
Flash indexes poorlyMost flash is for illustration not the main content. We build corporate websites with all content in clean semantic html/css. They index wonderfully, they load fast, and there is usually some nice flash illustration to pretty it up.