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Adobe says its disagreement with Apple about Flash is over

It was just a flash in the pan
Fri Jun 03 2011, 12:19

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Adobe has said that the 'minor disagreement' it had with Apple over Steve Jobs' decision to ban Adobe's Flash software on IOS is now over.

Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen said that there was no on-going feud between Adobe and Apple over Flash. Last year Apple decided to drop Flash support on IOS, with Apple CEO Steve Jobs claiming that Adobe's software was insecure and "100 per cent proprietary". However according to Narayen the chill between the firms is over, and he told Walt Mossberg, "It's an argument that the press likes to continue bringing up."

That said, Narayan didn't waste the opportunity to have a dig at Apple, claiming that Adobe's dispute with Apple was all about "control over the app store" rather than the underlying technology. He told Mossberg, "We allow people to author once and get as wide a distribution as possible. If you build in Flash, you can run the apps on other platforms."

Narayen's comment that Apple bars certain software from its App Store are unlikely to go down well with Apple, because it is most likely true. While Adobe's Flash software doesn't have the best track record when it comes to security and Jobs was indeed correct that Flash is a closed standard, it is clear that users want access to it, at least until the use of HTML5 becomes widespread.

Adobe has repeatedly said that it doesn't view HTML5 as a threat to its Flash software, and Narayen said that Adobe is contributing to the HTML5 standard and will produce applications that allow developers to work with HTML5. He told Mossberg, "We welcome the evolution to HTML5, and are actively contributing to it."

Whether Adobe's spat with Apple is over or not, there's no denying that Apple's decision to omit Flash from IOS has accelerated the decline of the format. With HTML5 coming up, Adobe will have to create applications that support the open standard well if it is to remain in business. µ


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