After Apple about-face, Adobe resurrects Flash tool
Will resume work on cross-platform compiler it sent to limbo last April
Computerworld - Adobe on Thursday said it would resurrect a tool that lets developers port Flash applications to the iPhone after Apple did an about-face earlier in the day.
"Apple's announcement today that it has lifted restrictions on its third-party developer guidelines has direct implications for Adobe's Packager for iPhone, a feature in the Flash Professional CS5 authoring tool," Adobe said in a statement on its corporate blog. "We will now resume development work on this feature for future releases."
Adobe put Packager out to pasture on April 20, saying that it was halting all further work on the tool, even though it had released its host, Flash Professional CS5, just days before.
Most analysts saw the April injunction against cross-platform compilers as a direct attack on Adobe.
Adobe saw it that way too. At the time, the company complained that Apple changed the rules on the fly. "During the entire development cycle of Flash CS5, [Packager] complied with Apple's licensing terms," said Mike Chambers, the principal product manager for developer relations for Adobe's Flash platform. "However, as developers for the iPhone have learned, if you want to develop for the iPhone, you have to be prepared for Apple to reject or restrict your development at any time, and for seemingly any reason."
Chambers also argued that Apple wanted to "tie developers down" and "make it difficult for developers to target other platforms."
Although Adobe didn't retract those statements Thursday, it welcomed Apple's lifting of the ban. "This is great news for developers," Adobe said.
Adobe also reported that developers using Flash Packager to build iOS applications were getting their programs approved for the App Store by Apple on Thursday, suggesting that such software had gotten nixed previously.
Other cross-platform compiler makers had had no such trouble, even during the monthslong stretch when the now-obsolete Apple policy had supposedly been in effect. Both Appcelerator and Unity Technologies, which sell iOS programming tools, stressed on Thursday that developers using their compilers had been able to get ported programs into the App Store since April.
- Use the Mobile App Mix to Choose an Enterprise App Store Strategy In this research report Gartner outlines how organizations can optimally secure, distribute, and manage mobile applications for employees and contracted workers.
- The Case for Mobile Apps Today's mobile apps turn handheld devices into e-book readers, portable navigation systems, digital wallets and more. And for organizations with mobile workers, they...
- The 5 Big Lies About Going Mobile You've heard about the power of mobile to change your business. But have you realized your mobile potential? It's about much more than...
- Transforming enterprise applications for mobile environments This new white paper explains how Dell Application Modernization and Development Solution Set can help you understand when to develop new mobile apps,...
- NSS Labs & Cisco Present: Evaluating Leading Breach Detection Systems Today's constantly evolving advanced malware and APTs can evade point-in-time defenses to penetrate networks. Security professionals must evolve their strategy in lockstep to...
- Will the Real Endpoint Threat Detection and Response Please Stand Up? This webinar explores new technologies & process for protecting endpoints from advanced attackers as well as the innovations that are pushing the envelope... All Mobile Apps White Papers | Webcasts
Our new weekly Consumerization of IT newsletter covers a wide range of trends including BYOD, smartphones, tablets, MDM, cloud, social and what it all means for IT. Subscribe now and stay up to date!