Jobs’ Thoughts on Flash

Apple CEO Steve Jobs stepped up Apple’s criticism of Adobe’s Flash technology in a stinging posted in April entitled simply “Thoughts on Flash.”

As for me… I have primarily used Apple products ever since I was introduced to computers and currently use an iPhone. I was extremely disappointed that the iPhone and now iPad doesn’t support Flash, and initially thought about waiting to purchase an iPhone until it did. As a developer I was amazed with the web sites created in Flash, but now must determine whether a site should be geared to a ‘mobile’ audience, which I am finding is usually the case, and use non-Flash code to achieve similar results. It doesn’t appear that the Apple devices will ever support Flash and as unfortunate as it might be, I can live with that and work around that.

What is ridiculous is Jobs’ post as to Apple’s reasoning, Jobs’ idea on how Flash is used in web development, and Jobs’ explanation of ‘closed’ technologies. It’s his company, if he doesn’t want the iP’s to support Flash, that’s his [Apple’s] decision. I’m not taking sides on Apple vs Adobe, but will say that Steve Jobs’ post makes me think it was written more by ego than sense. I don’t know the history between the two companies, but the nature of my work, whether on the PC or the Mac, relies heavily on Adode applications; InDesign, Illustrator, Acrobat, Photoshop and Dreamweaver, the list goes on, but I rely more on the applications I use regardless of the platform I’m using them on. I’m hoping that the line in the sand remains fairly small and doesn’t spread across support for other applications.

Soon after reading Job’s post I unfortunately came across a [iPhone, iPad] non supported Acrobat feature. It appears that ‘custom stamps’ are not supported in the mobile version of Safari. They appear when using a desktop/laptop, Mac or PC and they are supported on Blackberry, but not on Apple’s mobile version of Safari. That’s not good. For the sake of comic relief, I’ll later post the suggested workarounds that were presented to me by a manager at a local Apple Store when I demonstrated this.