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Jobs Offers 6 Reasons Adobe Sucks

Sarah Thomas
4/29/2010

2:45 PM -- I was good and ready to get fired up about Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) CEO Steve Job’s open letter about Adobe Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: ADBE) Flash, which could have just as easily been called “1,675 words on why Adobe sucks.” But, having read the piece, I have to admit, the man makes a valid point (well, six of them).

To summarize: it’s closed; it’s outdated; it’s not reliable, secure, nor consistent; it’s a battery suck; it doesn’t play nice with touch; most important, it’s not owned by Apple. He also threw in there that Apple is as open as they come, but I’ll let that one slide.

“New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too),” Jobs writes. “Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind.”

Adobe isn’t the only one that’s criticized Apple for its exclusion of Flash from the iPhone and iPad. Users have also bemoaned their inability to play certain games or watch select videos, but the complaints are getting quieter. The Apple-supported HTML5 is gaining acceptance in the industry, although it’s still too early to declare it a viable Flash replacement. (See The iPad: a Threat to Flash's Video Dominance? and Ixia Takes Adobe Flash to the Test .)

An Adobe spokeswoman said the company had no response to Jobs's post at this time. His six-pronged attack was pretty thorough, though. When Adobe is able to collect its thoughts, I’ll be anxious to hear them.

Adobe, we await your rebuttal.

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

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sarahthomas1011
sarahthomas1011
12/5/2012 | 4:37:50 PM
re: Jobs Offers 6 Reasons Adobe Sucks


Another downside of no Flash on the iPhone: Where's Flash?


 

sarahthomas1011
sarahthomas1011
12/5/2012 | 4:37:46 PM
re: Jobs Offers 6 Reasons Adobe Sucks


The WSJ got Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen's response to Job's letter. Here are the highlights: The Journal's Exclusive Interview with Adobe CEO

joset01
joset01
12/5/2012 | 4:37:45 PM
re: Jobs Offers 6 Reasons Adobe Sucks


Interesting response piece:


http://jessewarden.com/2010/04/steve-jobs-on-flash-correcting-the-lies.html

cnwedit
cnwedit
12/5/2012 | 4:37:40 PM
re: Jobs Offers 6 Reasons Adobe Sucks
Jobs complains that Flash is a closed systsem? Dude, you're a black pot.
Marate
Marate
12/5/2012 | 4:37:40 PM
re: Jobs Offers 6 Reasons Adobe Sucks
Jobs needs to be careful with this dialogue. A good % of his base loves Apple because it enabled Adobe creative products to run so well and played so nicely with the service providers to get our publishing work done. Adobe's Apple apps are obviously part of the reason Apple maintained the marketshare it had in the past 20 years. Keep people migrating from PC to Mac (aside from the iproducts).
Pete Baldwin
Pete Baldwin
12/5/2012 | 4:37:39 PM
re: Jobs Offers 6 Reasons Adobe Sucks


I'm no Apple fan and I initally rolled my eyes when they dissed Flash.  But as I think about it, nothing freezes up my computer like Flash.  Maybe leaving it behind isn't such a bad idea.

DCITDave
DCITDave
12/5/2012 | 4:37:38 PM
re: Jobs Offers 6 Reasons Adobe Sucks


I think Jobs has made a great point. The market wants the iPhone no matter what and content makers have conceded the fight by building iPhone apps, even though they already had video available on their sites (in Flash).


If I were Adobe, I'd just work that much harder building Android apps and support. If consumers really need Adobe and the content it supports, they'll vote with their dollars.

Pete Baldwin
Pete Baldwin
12/5/2012 | 4:37:38 PM
re: Jobs Offers 6 Reasons Adobe Sucks


Funny you should say that.


Adobe Fires Back: We Don't Need Apple

sarahthomas1011
sarahthomas1011
12/5/2012 | 4:37:37 PM
re: Jobs Offers 6 Reasons Adobe Sucks


Seems like a good opportunity for both Adobe and Android - Abode can prove it was just business that made Apple keep it out, not a technological issue, and Android can show just how different it really is from Apple.

DCITDave
DCITDave
12/5/2012 | 4:37:37 PM
re: Jobs Offers 6 Reasons Adobe Sucks


Right. And then it could become a content thing, too. "Get Hulu, only on Android."


 


Content makers will have to choose whether it's worth losing a little bit of control to reach Apple's audience.

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