Apple Pushes Developers Away From Adobe

Posted by Kallan Dahn Wednesday, April 21, 2010

There has been no secret that Apple and Adobe have been fighting like cats and dogs over the integration of Flash content into Apples devices.  Most notably the iPhone and iPad.  This week Apple has taken everything a step further by creating a new ruling in the developer agreement.  Section 3.3.1 of the iPhone developer agreement now prohibits the use of private or third-party API's.  Adobe has been working on Flash Professional CS5 for developers, and has committed to shipping the product but sees no hope for future investments in any product that targets the iPhone.  CEO Steve Jobs is defending the move in an email to a developer stating "Intermediate layers between the platform and the developer ultimately produces sub-standard apps and hinders the progress of the platform."

Adobe's primary goal with CS5 was to enable cross-platform compatibility, but Apple really wants to tie developers down to their platform.  Adobe made it very clear that they are working closely with Google to enable flash development on their platform.

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