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  • Flash Professional CS5 Allows Flash to Run as Native iPhone Code

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    Stymied in its efforts to bring Flash Player to the iPhone, Adobe has come up with a workaround that one observer has called an "end-around:" the new Flash Professional CS5 allows Flash applications to be compiled as stand-alone iPhone apps.

    "We are ecstatic to announce that we're enabling you to use your Flash development tools to build applications and compile them to run natively on the iPhone," John Loiacono, head of Adobe's Creative Solutions unit, announced at the AdobeMax conference earlier this week.

    Van Baker, an analyst at The Gartner Group, suggested that Adobe's move was kind of a trick play to outflank Apple's refusal to allow Flash Player onto the iPhone. "Adobe's doing an end-around because it's in their interest," he was quoted as saying. "Adobe does an end-around to get Flash into the App Store, so from their developers' standpoint, that's a good thing." Adobe, for its part, rejected the football metaphor. "I don't think 'end-around' is accurate," Adrian Ludwig, Adobe's Flash group manager protested. "Flash developers want their content available through the browser, and we're working with Apple to see what we need to do as a software company, and as developers, to make that possible."

    Apple CEO Steve Jobs disparaged Flash at last year's Apple shareholder meeting, saying that the multimedia platform "performs too slow to be useful" on the iPhone. "There's this missing product in the middle. It just doesn't exist," he told the shareholders.

    The beta release of Adobe Flash Professional CS5 is expected by the end of the year.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Flash Professional CS5 Allows Flash to Run as Native iPhone Code started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 31 Comments
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      ^...Please make your own thread at the Chit Chat section.
    1. khaoticsquirrel's Avatar
      khaoticsquirrel -
      flash is a very powerful component with endless possibilities. for apple to stall this long still without flash compatibility is absurd. many websites rely solely on flash and are not accessible on the iPhone which is crap... Making Adobe use a work-around for apple is ridiculous considering that the iPhone should have had these capabilities from the beginning... I'm beginning to lose my faith in Apple as a company. They are becoming way too sue-happy and losing focus on their roots which has always been innovation. That's why people have always followed them, but for them to take 2 years to bring MMS to the iPhone and still waiting on flash compatibility... come on apple. You can do anything else that you can even begin to imagine, but access a flash website or up until a few weeks ago, view a picture message... are you serious?
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      Apple CEO Steve Jobs disparaged Flash at last year's Apple shareholder meeting, saying that the multimedia platform "performs too slow to be useful" on the iPhone.
      "...and besides," Jobs continued, "....nobody wants to watch anything on a 4 inch screen"

      *facepalm*
    1. Fallguy's Avatar
      Fallguy -
      ...and besides," Jobs continued, "....nobody wants to watch anything on a 4 inch screen"
      Hence the new Apple Tablet coming to a Apple store near you .
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Fallguy View Post
      ...and besides," Jobs continued, "....nobody wants to watch anything on a 4 inch screen"
      Hence the new Apple Tablet coming to a Apple store near you .
      A tablet reference has no relevance where we are discussing Steve Job quotes where he has been completely full of..... in the past and watching history repeat itself.

      Side note:
      Apple is going right back to where they were in the 80's where they tried to do everything by themselves and it almost bankrupt the company. This time they think they have enough cash to make it no matter what, but the problem is google and adobe are not SDK developers, they are the internet. Better start playing nice!
    1. bengo's Avatar
      bengo -
      All this does is it allows you to build iPhone apps using Flash then it compiles the code to iPhone native language. Nothing to get excited about really. Doesn't mean Flash is coming to iPhone.
    1. mdc929's Avatar
      mdc929 -
      still no flash
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      This is very interesting news!
    1. pixelflash's Avatar
      pixelflash -
      Quote Originally Posted by LittleJob View Post
      any good known apps yet with flash? i know theirs like 5 apps, but they all seem pretty cheesy.

      -B
      what the heck are you talking about? what are the five apps with flash??
    1. domenicp's Avatar
      domenicp -
      Quote Originally Posted by exNavy View Post
      I must be missing something very obvious here. Flash isn't on the iPhone. So how is it all this is going to be approved by Apple to get through the app store?

      From what I read sounds nice and all, but looks like you'll have to go the jailbreak route to get it on the phone.
      Exactly! If Apple's objection to Flash is the fact that apps could be run without requiring the AppStore, it'll be interesting to see if these Flash ported apps are allowed on the AppStore.
    1. dr.stevil's Avatar
      dr.stevil -
      Quote Originally Posted by exNavy View Post
      I must be missing something very obvious here. Flash isn't on the iPhone. So how is it all this is going to be approved by Apple to get through the app store?

      From what I read sounds nice and all, but looks like you'll have to go the jailbreak route to get it on the phone.
      It's not running the applications in a flash format on the phone, it's compiling the flash source code into an iphone native/usable format. This is great news for flash developers and users alike, it means more choices and, perhaps even better, you'll no longer need osx installed (or own a mac) to develop for it