Adobe has characterized our decision as being primarily business driven – they say we want to protect our App Store – but in reality it is based on technology issues. While Adobe’s Flash products are widely available, this does not mean they are open, since they are controlled entirely by Adobe and available only from Adobe.Adobe claims that we are a closed system, and that Flash is open, but in fact the opposite is true. By almost any definition, Flash is a closed system. Though the operating system for the i Phone, i Pod and i Pad is proprietary, we strongly believe that all standards pertaining to the web should be open.
In fact, we met Adobe’s founders when they were in their proverbial garage.
Apple was their first big customer, adopting their Postscript language for our new Laserwriter printer.
Today the two companies still work together to serve their joint creative customers – Mac users buy around half of Adobe’s Creative Suite products – but beyond that there are few joint interests.
I wanted to jot down some of our thoughts on Adobe’s Flash products so that customers and critics may better understand why we do not allow Flash on i Phones, i Pods and i Pads. They are only available from Adobe, and Adobe has sole authority as to their future enhancement, pricing, etc.
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