Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Nov 2008 19:11 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces At its annual MAX user conference, Adobe puts on the dog and serves up new tooling and other support for Flash. Adobe introduces Flex Builder Gumbo, Flash Catalyst " formerly known as Thermo, the availability of Adobe AIR 1.5 and a pre-release of the 64-bit Linux version of Adobe Flash Player 10. Adobe also opens up its cloud initiative, known as Cocomo, as a public beta.
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Cymro
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2005-07-07

It's a bit of a leap to suggest the specs are useless based on Gnash's performance. The Flash documentation was only released 6 or 7 months ago whereas Gnash has been in development for years.

However, I'd like to see the open-sourcing effort move quicker. The success of Photoshop was built on open, or at least ubiquitous, formats so Adobe could only gain by opening Flash and selling stacks more of the authoring tools.

I can only guess at what's making them cautious. I don't believe that it's due to licensing. Adobe may worry that it would impair their ability to incorporate new features quickly and get them out to as many end-users as possible. That's not been a problem for PDF, but then, I myself use Apple's Preview rather than the Acrobat Reader.

They may worry that Microsoft would move to make their Expression tools compatible with Flash and win over developers. Yes, Microsoft were prevented from muddying Java with their own virtual machine, but with open standards like HTML, they've been free to manipulate them for years without legal comeback. They even got a format through the ISO without actually following the specs themselves. One thing's for sure - Microsoft would respond. The better news is that Silverlight is just one piece of a much larger strategy for Microsoft and they undermine that strategy by endorsing anything else.

I think it's a risk worth taking as it's obviously what Adobe's target audience (developers) want, and I don't know if AIR will succeed without it.

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