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Apple hits back at Adobe in Flash row

Flash technology is 'closed and proprietary, says Apple, in escalating row with Adobe

Claudine Beaumont

Published 23/04/2010 | 09:51

Apple chief Steve Jobs. Photo: Getty Images
Apple chief Steve Jobs. Photo: Getty Images

It's the latest exchange in an increasingly bitter war of words between the two companies, which have been at loggerheads over Apple's perceived efforts to undermine the supremacy of Adobe's Flash technology.

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In a personal blog post, published yesterday, Mark Chambers, a senior product manager for developer relations at Adobe, accused Apple of changing the goal posts with its developer licensing agreement, a move that rendered Adobe's new iPhone compiler software obsolete.

Chambers said Adobe would no longer invest in the software, and would instead turn its attention towards creating tools for rival mobile operating systems, such as Google Android.

But Apple has hit back at the criticism, branding Chambers' views as "backwards".

"Someone has it backwards," said Trudy Miller, a spokesman for Apple. "HTML5, CSS, JavaScript and H264, all supported by the iPhone and iPad, that are open and standard, while Adobe's Flash is closed and proprietary."

Apple has famously omitted Flash support from the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, instead preferring rival standard HTML5. Steve Jobs, Apple's chief executive, has branded Flash "buggy" and said that most Mac crashes were caused by Flash.

Adobe are said to be privately furious at the timing of Apple's changes to its licensing agreement, which came just hours before the launch of Adobe CS5, a centrepiece of which was an iPod compiler.

One Adobe supporter emailed Steve Jobs, accusing him of deliberately trying to sabotage sales of the software, but the Apple chief executive sent one of his trademark, curt replies stating that "intermediary software", like that offered as part of CS5, resulted in "substandard applications".

Telegraph.co.uk

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