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Report: Adobe Prepping Lawsuit Against Apple

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Adobe is said to be preparing to launch a lawsuit against Apple.

Unless you've been away on a nice long holiday since January and somehow missed the entire iPad/Flash/Steve Jobs/Adobe saga then you'll know there's a little bit of bad butter between Apple and Adobe.

In a nutshell, Steve says Flash is rubbish and the main reason Macs crash; Adobe says it's ready to work with Apple on bringing Flash to the iPad and the iPhone but Apple doesn't want to cooperate. The most recent development saw Apple change its iPhone SDK license agreement. iPhone 4.0 developers can only use Apple's certified tools, meaning the upcoming Flash CS5 software that will compile iPhone-compatible apps is pretty much a no-go.

Understandably, Adobe is a little annoyed by the whole situation. According to ITWorld, the company is seriously considering take Apple to court over the issue. While ITWorld admits that officially, the company isn't talking about anything of the sort, they cite sources close to the company that say Adobe will be suing Apple within a few weeks.

Stay tuned for more on this one. Something tells us it's going to drag on for a long, long time.

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    sinfulpotato , April 14, 2010 4:59 PM
    Adobe just needs to stop supporting apple all together.

    Say good buy to people buying macs for photoshop and the like.

    Nail in the coffin for apple.
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    techd2 , April 14, 2010 5:02 PM
    I'm glad to see this, Steve is getting a little big for his britches again. Time to knock him down a few pegs.
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    fooldog01 , April 14, 2010 5:26 PM
    Anyone who sues apple is fine by me. I almost don't care how fraudulent it is. Steve Jobs is a megalomaniac.
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  • 42 Hide
    sinfulpotato , April 14, 2010 4:59 PM
    Adobe just needs to stop supporting apple all together.

    Say good buy to people buying macs for photoshop and the like.

    Nail in the coffin for apple.
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    techd2 , April 14, 2010 5:02 PM
    I'm glad to see this, Steve is getting a little big for his britches again. Time to knock him down a few pegs.
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    borisof007 , April 14, 2010 5:05 PM
    bad butter?
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    Anonymous , April 14, 2010 5:24 PM
    I'm also glad to see this. I currently boycott Apple toys (iPad, etc) because of no flash support.
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    Niva , April 14, 2010 5:24 PM
    One of many retarded decisions by Steve Jobs to not support Flash. Yes Flash is no longer what it was once meant to be (think back to Macromedia Shockwave days), instead it's a bloated unstable pile of overcomplicated cr@p that does indeed sometimes lead to complete system crashes... that doesn't mean it's not an absolutely essential part of the web viewing experience which is the whole point of the iPad.

    Funny that Adobe has to take them to court to run flash on Apple products. Perhaps it should be Apple who needs to take Adobe to court to recoup consumer costs from frequent system crashes. Ultimately Apple nerfs all their devices by not supporting flash.

    Of course most folks know and understands why Apple doesn't want to allow Flash on their devices, poor control freaks like Steve Jobs must keep their firm grasp on the fools lapping these products up. Allowing full flash to run on these devices would significantly reduce the control Apple can maintain over their "consumers."
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    surfer1337dude , April 14, 2010 5:25 PM
    I agree with sinfulpotato, Adobe just end all support for Mac's, take CS5 and get rid of the Mac versions (keep support for anything older then CS5 so your not screwing all of their fans). This will seriously hurt Apple (most people I know who want/have makes have it because their college, or just them, prefer Macs for the Adobe suites.
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    jn77 , April 14, 2010 5:26 PM
    If Adobe leaves the Mac platform, then 75% of Apples business is gone.
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    fooldog01 , April 14, 2010 5:26 PM
    Anyone who sues apple is fine by me. I almost don't care how fraudulent it is. Steve Jobs is a megalomaniac.
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    danielmastia , April 14, 2010 5:27 PM
    @ Dingdongbell070
    I wonder if things could go the other way around...
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    restatement3dofted , April 14, 2010 5:31 PM
    I hardly think that with Apple's recent surge in popularity amongst teenage girls, hipsters, and angsty slam poets, losing some loyal graphic designers/media enthusiasts will spell disaster for the company.

    I do think that Apple's ego is a *tad* overinflated at present, though, and wouldn't mind seeing someone reintroduce them to the concept of humility.

    E: This in response to those speculating that Adobe could/would/should abandon Apple altogether over Jobs' criticism of Flash. I don't see that happening, realistically. Just speculating that it wouldn't be the end of Apple's world if it did.
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    outacontrolpimp , April 14, 2010 5:35 PM
    Haha, so true. For some reason it seems like every school in the usa buys these expensive macs ONLY to run Photoshop in their computer labs, which are slow and have no left click. Extremely annoying imo. Anyways if adobe took Photoshop cs5 for mac away there would be a lot of new W7 customers :) 
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    JamesSneed , April 14, 2010 5:43 PM
    @danielmastia - Apples Market cap is at 222 Billion and Adobe is around 18 Billion. Apple would almost have to be closing up shop to be bought by the likes of Adobe.

    I don't know what to think here. In my opinion flash is a pile of crap but I hate how apple is trying to kill it in this artificial manner.

    Flash? HTML 5 should be making a big splash soon and in flash it will be gone.
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    extremepcs , April 14, 2010 5:43 PM
    Blech... I dislike both companies. Adobe products are nothing but expensive bloatware. Apples are overpriced showpieces for tree huggers. Let them sue each other until they are both bankrupt.
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    captaincharisma , April 14, 2010 5:44 PM
    what the hell? they are actually trying to sue someone for not using there product? only in the USA
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    Dirtman73 , April 14, 2010 5:49 PM
    extremepcsBlech... I dislike both companies. Adobe products are nothing but expensive bloatware. Apples are overpriced showpieces for tree huggers. Let them sue each other until they are both bankrupt.


    I agree wholeheartedly! Screw both of 'em.
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    tommysch , April 14, 2010 5:52 PM
    Adobe should kill ALL apple related products, NOW.

    This whole MAC thing would be gone by the end of the year and we could all laugh at those who bought one.
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    Ragnar-Kon , April 14, 2010 5:57 PM
    sinfulpotatoAdobe just needs to stop supporting apple all together. Say good buy to people buying macs for photoshop and the like.Nail in the coffin for apple.


    This would be a poor move on Adobe's part. Adobe has a huge fan base that use Macs. In fact, CS4 Design Premium and CS4 Master Collection sold more copies for the Mac than they did for PC. Regardless if Adobe hates Apple or not, ditching a huge chunk of your loyal customer base just because you have a feud with Apple at the moment is poor business practice.

    Plus, if they did that they'll just be sinking down to Apple's level. ;D
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