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Adobe Edge: The World Does Not Revolve Around Apple

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Adobe has released Edge, its first HTML5 authoring tool for animated HTML5, JavaScript and CSS content. The announcement has been viewed by some as Adobe's surrender to Apple and a lost fight for Flash and a desperate decision to hop on the HTML5 train.

You could have easily predicted claims of a victorious Apple against Adobe, which had no other choice but give in to the movement dictated by the mighty Jobs and quietly bury a 15-year legacy of Flash, an animation format the company received in 2005 when it acquired Macromedia. Adobe's Flash is simply another casualty of the new world Apple wants it to be. Personally, I am not surprised of such opinions that are cultivated by what we generally describe as a distortion field continuum emanating from Cupertino. However, occasionally we ought to use common sense.

The HTML5 trend

Apple is far from being the visionary behind HTML5, as work on the new HTML already began in 2004 and is the brainchild of the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG). However, Apple may have been the loudest proponent of HTML5 initially and may have been the first big name betting on this horse. If we are honest, we have to admit that few of us paid attention to this new format before Apple said it would deny Flash access to its iOS platform for performance, security and power consumption reasons (while others claim it is really the closed platform approach that killed Flash on iOS - why would Apple enable Flash, if open Flash apps it could destroy the entire idea of a closed app store?) and favor HTML5 instead.

HTML5, which is a package of different standards and technologies, has been much more visible since the argument between Apple and Adobe has taken place and has developed a dynamic that is far beyond Apple and, quite frankly, isn't shaped by Apple as a controlling part anymore. Apple's own Safari browser isn't the most compatible HTML5 browser available today and the participation and standardization of what goes into HTML5 and not is at least equally driven by Google, Microsoft and Mozilla within the W3C.

Within two years, HTML5 has evolved from an Apple thought process that may have been born from an excuse why it had to kill Flash on iOS to a global movement with the conviction that HTML5 will be the future standard how web applications will be developed. It is a conviction that is shared by those who follow corporate interests as well as those who have the open web in mind, such as Mozilla. Whether we like it or not, HTML5 will become a powerful application layer for the Internet within a few years - the first application layer that will enable Internet applications and services that will look and feel like desktop applications today.

HTML5 is not an Apple trend. It is a global trend.

Adobe's Role

Adobe got Flash as a bonus to Macromedia's strong lineup of creative software in 2005. It was a time when Flash saw its star rise as developers learned how to take advantage of Flash in new ways and build applications around it. Apple's reasons why it wasn't supporting a format it could not control may have been shady, but it was no secret that Flash has always been a power and processor hog. As the world moved to mobile devices, these problems became more amplified. Years of failure to address core problems suddenly made Flash vulnerable. Adobe continued to promise improvements for the next version of Flash, and still does so today. But the time may run out one day and as the interest for HTML5 is increasing, the attention to Flash is declining.

Adobe has a choice. Keep an attitude of denial and strongly support Flash and try to fight a global movement or adjust a seize the opportunity behind a new door. HTML5 and the idea behind it is largely driven by creativity, one of the characteristics Adobe software is known for. Rejecting HTML5 as an opportunity would be negligent and plain stupid on Adobe's side. As HTML5 evolves, Adobe is simply expected to offer Flash-like, professional design tools that leverage the technologies that are key to HTML5 apps, especially JavaScript, SVG, Canvas and CSS3.

As much as we can give Apple credit for getting the HTML5 ball rolling, Adobe's decision to offer an HTML5 design tool is unlikely the result of Adobe giving in to Apple. It is a reasonable business decision that answers to a global trend - a decision that is driven rather by opportunity than surrender.

Adobe's Edge

While Adobe has received praise for its first attempt of creating Edge, the first reviews by those who are interested in the success HTML5 are less optimistic. Edge is based on timeline animations that are typical for Adobe and is being chastised for not using HTML5 technologies such as Canvas. At least among professional developers, Adobe is already risking a reputation of being able to deliver an HTML5 tool that caters to the open spirit of a technology that should only be limited by a designer's creativity.

The beginnings of Edge are reminiscent of the beginnings of the first animation tools for the web that were integrated into Photoshop (does anyone remember the first separate GIF animators and image slicers in Photoshop?) as well as the first release of Macromedia Dreamweaver, both of which were far from perfect and improved over time.

Adobe has a unique opportunity to transfer its reputation to an HTML5 design tool and needs to understand the audience it is creating this new software for. It has to be as capable as Flash is, but cater to the open and much more comprehensive mind of the HTML5 world.

This entire discussion has little to nothing to do with Apple. Apple may get its way by apps using HTML5, but the world outside of Apple is shaping HTML5. It is Adobe's opportunity to help shape this new app world.

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    kakarlus , August 4, 2011 8:01 AM
    the world doesn't revolve around apple or google. the world revolves around the sun.
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    zubai , August 4, 2011 6:17 AM
    I can't wait for all the flash ad to disappear.. and replace by HTML5 ads.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , August 4, 2011 6:30 AM
    The World Does Not Revolve Around Apple... no really?

    Hope the next Adblock will be able to kick out HTML5 ads as well :D 
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    Anonymous , August 4, 2011 5:41 AM
    As long as adobe flash crashes my browser everyday....
  • 23 Hide
    zubai , August 4, 2011 6:17 AM
    I can't wait for all the flash ad to disappear.. and replace by HTML5 ads.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , August 4, 2011 6:30 AM
    The World Does Not Revolve Around Apple... no really?

    Hope the next Adblock will be able to kick out HTML5 ads as well :D 
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    mrmez , August 4, 2011 6:45 AM
    No the world does not revolve around Apple.
    But it revolves even less around Adobe and Flash.
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    alidan , August 4, 2011 7:30 AM
    amk-aka-phantomThe World Does Not Revolve Around Apple... no really?Hope the next Adblock will be able to kick out HTML5 ads as well


    thats what i love about flash, its easily blockable, and if i want it, its easy to bring back, but with html5, i think its possible that websites force the ads into basic functions of the webpages, making a webpage slit its thought if you block the ad portions.
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    JOSHSKORN , August 4, 2011 7:35 AM
    The world doesn't revolve around Apple. It revolves around Google.
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    kakarlus , August 4, 2011 8:01 AM
    the world doesn't revolve around apple or google. the world revolves around the sun.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , August 4, 2011 8:06 AM
    alidanthats what i love about flash, its easily blockable, and if i want it, its easy to bring back, but with html5, i think its possible that websites force the ads into basic functions of the webpages, making a webpage slit its thought if you block the ad portions.


    That would just plain suck. Adblock is like a gift from above... I don't remember the last time I saw ads on the internets. Ads businesses must lose quite a lot because of it, since many people simply avoid viewing their stuff; therefore I won't be surprised if they'll integrate it into basic functions. Still... Adblock blocks ads not by protocol, but by the address of the site where the ad is taken from, doesn't it? So I think it will manage... I hope it will!
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    kayvonjoon , August 4, 2011 8:23 AM
    I don't wanna sound rude but,

    Wolfgang rhymes with apple....
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    shreeharsha , August 4, 2011 8:45 AM
    kakarlusthe world doesn't revolve around apple or google. the world revolves around the sun.


    World is just the human thing, actually it's the Earth that revolves around Sun.
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    JackFrost860 , August 4, 2011 9:24 AM
    goodbye flash, hello html5. Now web pages will not crash anymore when an add plays!
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    JackFrost860 , August 4, 2011 9:26 AM
    or should i say goodbye buggy flash, hello buggy html5 browsers!
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    kakarlus , August 4, 2011 9:28 AM
    shreeharshaWorld is just the human thing, actually it's the Earth that revolves around Sun.


    unfortunately the earth is our world
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    Anonymous , August 4, 2011 9:45 AM
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    The World Does Not Revolve Around Apple... no really?Hope the next Adblock will be able to kick out HTML5 ads as well

    I'm not sure how FF's adblock works but in Opera, you can right click -> Block content and click on what you want to block or manually enter filters. Blocked content will not even start a connection to the ads. I just took a look at my active filters for this article and holy crap, 12 active filters (sorry toms).
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    nukemaster , August 4, 2011 11:23 AM
    Nothing new here.

    Adobe DID say that they are a content creation company and they want to make the best content creation for the web. They listed HTML5 as something they wanted to work on way back any way.
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    memadmax , August 4, 2011 11:41 AM
    The writer of this article is in love with apple.
    "new world Apple wants it to be"
    Oh come on, the consumer decides, not Apple. And the consumer has decided that Microsoft is THE os maker. Not a ex-hippy.....
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    house70 , August 4, 2011 11:49 AM
    "This entire discussion has little to nothing to do with Apple. "

    And yet you use them in every other phrase. I have yet to see an article from you that does NOT revolve around them.
    Make no mistake, now ads will be more difficult to block, I do not necessarily see this as an advancement. This trend is gaining because the ad pushers want to be seen and not blocked by users.
    And I do not understand why a (questionably) good business decision has to be interpreted as a capitulation of some sorts.
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    reggieray , August 4, 2011 11:50 AM
    zubaiI can't wait for all the flash ad to disappear.. and replace by HTML5 ads.

    Sadly, it may be allot harder to block HTML5 ads, well see.
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    killerclick , August 4, 2011 11:59 AM
    Until they port Farmville, Cityville, Frontierville and all the other crappy multimillion-player Facebook games to HTML5, Flash is not going anywhere. Also browser support for HTML 5 is poor because Internet Explorer 8 and older do not support HTML 5 at all and Internet Explorer 9 doesn't run on Windows XP.
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    silverblue , August 4, 2011 12:13 PM
    Can Adblock keep me away from any articles containing the words Apple AND anything beginning with iP OR i-P? Please say it can.

    Please?
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