Apple iPad and Flash: the Non-Collaboration

If you have not heard of the new Apple iPad . . . Seriously, who hasn’t?
Written by Dave Greenfield, Contributor on

If you have not heard of the new Apple iPad . . . Seriously, who hasn’t? From endless jokes about the name to the flurry of anticipation, rumors, and debate, it’s the only headline many care about.Along with talk about the devastating effects this release could have on the sales of similar products, lists of currently available and upcoming applications and potential accessories is a corporate quarrel between Apple and another technology heavyweight - Adobe.

Under direction of CEO Steve Jobs, Apple opted not to include Flash capability on their new cross-breed product.In an attempt to maintain their reputation for producing goods not prone to the viruses, bugs and glitches otherwise known by so many in the technology industry, Apple made the decision to intentionally avoid the use of the Adobe program due to what some claim is a history of “buggy” behavior.

Adobe has only made efforts to belittle Apple for their decision, suggesting that the company chooses to enforce restrictions to maintain their uniqueness and in doing so, only serve to limit and frustrate users.However, their harsh retorts do not imply that the multimedia company wishes to miss out on the almost certain success of this new Apple release.In fact, Adobe has already created a way around Apple’s wishes, making it possible for developers to use Flash in the creation of new iPhone and iPad applications.

The intent to release Packager for iPhone as a portion of the new Flash Pro CS5 was revealed in 2009.This software is intended to allow the same sort of creative freedom known and loved by Flash developers, but the programs created using it will have the added bonus of operating on screens of many different sizes (such as the approximate 3.5” screen seen by iPhone users versus the 9.7” screen to be employed by the iPad) as well as working as iPhone applications- and, therefore, iPad applications.

So, although it is not likely that Jobs and Shantanu Narayen, CEO of Adobe, will be sharing kind words in the near future, the swarms of customers already lining up for the new iPad will be able to enjoy both the benefits of owning the newest Apple product and operating popular Flash based programs.undefined

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