Saturday, August 21, 2010

Adobe to stop making iPhone code tools

The animosity between Apple and Adobe has reached a new level. Adobe has announced they will stop making software tools that enable the iPhone and other Apple gadgets to use Flash.

Apple has openly criticised Flash in the past and their products do not support the use of Flash, much to the annoyance of many users as Flash is so widely used on the Internet.

Only days ago, Adobe released Creative Suite 5 which is able to translate Flash code into programmes that will work on Apple gadgets.

However, Apple have strict rules on what developers are allowed to do when creating applications for the iPhone and iPad and just before Adobe released the code translation tool, Apple altered their terms and conditions for developers and banned code translation tools such as Creative Suite 5.

At first Adobe indicated that they would still offer the translation tools but now it seems they have changed their minds.

“We will still be shipping the ability to target the iPhone and iPad in Flash CS5,” said Adobe’s Mike Chambers, on his blog.

“However, we are not currently planning any additional investments in that feature.”

“To be clear, during the entire development cycle of Flash CS5, the feature complied with Apple’s licensing terms. However, as developers for the iPhone have learned, if you want to develop for the iPhone you have to be prepared for Apple to reject or restrict your development at anytime, and for seemingly any reason.”

Chambers goes on to say that he is planning to drop the iPhone and concentrate more on Android gadgets instead. “Fortunately, the iPhone isn’t the only game in town” he said.

“Android based phones have been doing well behind the success of the Motorola Droid and Nexus One, and there are a number of Android based tablets slated to be released this year.

“We are working closely with Google to bring both Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR 2.0 to these devices, and thus far, the results have been very promising.

“Personally, I am going to shift all of my mobile focus from iPhone to Android based devices (I am particularly interested in the Android based tablets coming out this year) and not focus on the iPhone stuff as much anymore.”
And what’s Apple’s response? “Someone has it backwards” said Trudy Miller, a spokesperson for Apple.

“HTML5, CSS, JavaScript and H264, all supported by the iPhone and iPad, that are open and standard, while Adobe’s Flash is closed and proprietary.”

Does anyone else wish that Apple and Adobe would just patch up their differences?

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