Apple and Adobe at a flashpoint

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Apple and Adobe at a flashpoint

Published on October 08, 2014 with No Comments

Shortly after iPhones, iPod Touches and now iPads entered the marketplace, a rift of sorts developed between Adobe and Apple. Adobe’s Flash software wasn’t available on iPhone and according to the Adobe side of the argument, they were ready and willing but Apple was putting up walls – probably even firewalls that blocked them. Much speculation ensued about the almost reclusive Apple guy who was behind the scenes shutting out Adobe. But rumors of his reclusiveness were highly exaggerated. Recently, Steve Jobs has come out of his garage or mansion as the case may be, and has been e-mailing and commenting all over the place. And now he’s ready to tackle Adobe.
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In a missive on Apple.com, Steve jotted down his thoughts on Adobe products in the hopes of creating a better understanding among critics and customers. Rather than the Adobe snub being some sort of business decision about control over the App store, Jobs wants us to know the issue is technology. Additionally, on the question of openness, one closed door should not accuse another door of being locked. Adobe is “100 percent proprietary,” – closed, says Jobs. Meanwhile, Apple prefers that all web standards be open source and as such they adopted HTML, HTML5, CSS and JavaScript – all open-source. Apple even created Webkit, widely used on mobile browsers.
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Contrary to Adobe’s claims that Apple devices cannot access the full web, Steve Jobs wants us to know that the majority of videos on YouTube, Vimeo, Netflix, Facebook and the like are available in the H.264 format and are “viewable” on the iDevices. And then it got ugly. Flash is thought to have the worst security record, it’s the number one reason Macs crash, it does not perform well on mobile devices. Then there is battery life and Flash being designed for mice and not touch. And remember, back in the days of PostScript for Laserwriters, Apple and Adobe were a happy couple but recently it seems they’ve grown apart. Now Apple is courting new and more open partners while Adobe? Well, actually, Adobe is doing quite well too.

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