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Apple & Adobe: The War Continues & The Developer Is Paying For It 11 May 2010

Posted by noellawood11 in Applications, Design, Development, Tools & Tech.
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For many years, Adobe and Apple have worked well together, with both products complimenting one another.  Being that Adobe is the preferred design suite for designers, and Apple makes the preferred computer for many designers, it only makes sense that the two would team up to work together again with Apple’s latest products – the iPhone and the iPad.  Yet, this has not been the case. In fact, it’s been a tough road since Apple left Flash off the first iPhone, and it’s gotten worse ever since.

Since the launch of the iPad for the last few months, Apple and Adobe have been clashing publicly due to Apple’s lack of support to include Flash on the iPad.  Steve Jobs was recently quoted as saying that Flash is a “closed system” and that “all standards pertaining to the Web should be open.” It appears that the Web is indeed moving in that direction. Apple did however state that it will be supporting HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS.

Now, Apple is developing it’s own alternative to Flash, called Gianduia which has been described as a “client-side, standards-based framework for rich Internet apps.” This is the same type of technology used in Apple’s retail support applications.

The other side of the debate is that Apple’s alternative to Flash will not actually have an impact on Adobe, and HTML5 is not quite ready to take over, yet. The next edition of Flash to come out, 10.1 will be on every major smart phone, except of course the iPhone or iPod. When Adobe first announced CS5, they claimed that developers would still be able to export projects as apps for use on the iPhone, but a recent iPhone Developer Licensing Agreement has banned developers from using any other technology other than Apple’s development applications.

What Does This Mean For Developers?

By converting the web to rely solely on HTML5, developers are saying that there’s no guarantee that various types of embedded video will appear the same on every browser. Furthermore, Flash is still the preferred and most widely used development tool for online games and other rich web environments. Yet Apple’s Flash alternative may become a required tool for all things Apple. So what’s a developer to do? With these developing restrictions being enforced, it is limiting for developers to create apps for multiple platforms, and as a result, making it costly because developers will have to invest in multiple app development kits.
References:

Dalrymple, J. Report: Apple developing a Flash alternative. CNET. Retrieved on May 10, 2010 http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-20004509-37.html?tag=TOCmoreStories.0

Dignan, L. Adobe: Apple’s anti-Flash moves won’t impact Creative Suite; HTML5 not ready yet. May 10, 2010. Retrieved on May 10, 2010 ZDNET http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/adobe-apples-anti-flash-moves-wont-impact-creative-suite-html-5-not-ready-yet/34273

Gilbertson, S. Embed Videos in Your Web Pages Using HTML5. May 10, 2010. Wired. Retrieved on May 10, 2010 from http://www.webmonkey.com/2010/05/embed-videos-in-your-web-pages-using-html5/

Copeland, M. Behind the Adobe-Apple cold war. January 29, 2010. Fortune. Retrieved on May 10, 2010 from http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/01/29/behind-the-adobe-apple-cold-war/

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