Adobe may have given up on getting native Flash onto Apple’s iOS products (for now), but that doesn’t mean they haven’t continued searching for a back door onto the wildly popular devices. Their latest tactic is an Adobe Labs project codenamed “Wallaby,” which converts Flash into iOS-friendly HTML5.
Early last year, Steve Jobs released his infamous Thoughts on Flash open letter to the world, starting an ensuing slap-fight between Apple and Adobe that still runs hot and cold to this very day. As part of the dust-up, Apple disallowed the use of Flash as a tool for iOS development, and in the process, removed much of the value from Adobe's Flash Packager software--a program geared very much towards the development of Flash-based smartphone applications. A few months later, Apple reversed their verdict on Flash-free development, thereby welcoming Adobe's Flash Packager and the developers who loved it back into the fold. With this being the case, it should come as a surprise to no one that Adobe plans to include support for the iPad development in the next iteration of the software.
If there’s one thing that’s at the top of every anti-iOS whiner’s list, it’s the lack of Adobe Flash video playback that is sure to be mentioned first and foremost. Thankfully, the arrival of Skyfire squashed some of those dissenting opinions -- and now the app has been super-sized for the iPad.
Mac users were treated to a final release of Mac OS X 10.6.5 this week, which addressed a number of issues including the squashing of more than 130 bugs. But did you realize that almost half of those bugs were caused by Adobe Flash?
You knew that the peace couldn't last forever. When word hit the street last week that installing Adobe's Flash software on the latest iteration of the MacBook Air could shave off upwards of two hours of battery life, Apple unwittingly awoke Adobe's sleeping dogs of war... or at the very least restarted the Flash-or-no-Flash slap-fight anew.
Is it possible that Apple knew what it was doing when it excluded Adobe Flash from being preinstalled in the latest MacBook Air models? A new report claims that the controversial Flash technology can kill battery life on the slim new laptops by as much as two hours.
Yesterday we had brought it to you about the Skyfire app that could convert Flash video into HTML 5. According to the developer's blog, the app has become so popular, that it has 'sold out' in the app store, and they are temporarily not accepting new purchases from the App Store.
The Flash fashion is so passe. Everyone knows that the best things in life are encoded in HTML 5 and available for all the world to see, regardless of the smartphone you've got in your hand. The new Skyfire browser, ready to set foot inside the App Store, converts video from the old school Adobe Flash into the next generation HTML 5 code it needs for all systems to go.
It seems inevitable that after a major product announcement like the twin MacBook Air models released by Apple on Wednesday, early adopters always find some bugaboo to complain about. This time it’s a most curious one, since the new diskless models are shipping without Adobe Flash installed.
What a mad treasure trove of riches Adobe's corporate blog has been of late! In the past few days, they've waxed over their return to the iPhone application development arena, announced an HTML 5 plug-in for Illustrator and now this: A 64-bit beta version of their love-it-or-hate-it Flash Player! What could be better? According to Adobe the new player, which Adobe has called "Flash Player Square," is available for just about every operating system under the sun, including OS X.