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Adobe Slams Apple for iPad's Lack of Flash

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Adobe says that the iPad, without Flash, will miss out on the majority of web games and video.

Apple may tout the iPad as the best web browsing experience, but what about Flash? Love it or hate it, you can barely go through a handful of clicks before running into an Adobe-flash powered element.

Flash has been an important part of the web, and it'll be something that iPad won't have out of the box when it ships in late March. While the omission of Flash was excusable on the iPod Touch and iPhone, competing devices today run Flash, which makes the iPad omission even more glaring.

Adobe's Adrian Ludwig, the company's Flash Platform Product Marketing Group Manager, wrote in a blog post:

It looks like Apple is continuing to impose restrictions on their devices that limit both content publishers and consumers. Unlike many other ebook readers using the ePub file format, consumers will not be able to access ePub content with Apple's DRM technology on devices made by other manufacturers.  And without Flash support, iPad users will not be able to access the full range of web content, including over 70% of games and 75% of video on the web.

If I want to use the iPad to connect to Disney, Hulu, Miniclip, Farmville, ESPN, Kongregate, or JibJab -- not to mention the millions of other sites on the web -- I'll be out of luck.

Adobe and more than 50 of our partners in the Open Screen Project are working to enable developers and content publishers to deliver to any device, so that consumers have open access to their favorite interactive media, content, and applications across platform, regardless of the device that people choose to use.

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    XD_dued , January 28, 2010 8:59 PM
    iFail. I have to agree with what others have said, there really seems to be no purpose for this device...just a giant ipod touch minus portability. I would rather get a netbook any day.
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    eternalkp , January 28, 2010 8:58 PM
    i hate apple and my iphone 3gs, wish i bought a google nexus one instead
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    astrodudepsu , January 28, 2010 9:07 PM
    LOL the iphone lack of mms all over again.....
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  • 21 Hide
    eternalkp , January 28, 2010 8:58 PM
    i hate apple and my iphone 3gs, wish i bought a google nexus one instead
  • 24 Hide
    XD_dued , January 28, 2010 8:59 PM
    iFail. I have to agree with what others have said, there really seems to be no purpose for this device...just a giant ipod touch minus portability. I would rather get a netbook any day.
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    stryk55 , January 28, 2010 8:59 PM
    One of the first of what will be an ever growing developers shut out by Apple, all in the name of product exclusivity...

    Apple is heading towards the bridges with their torches lit...
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    wussupi83 , January 28, 2010 9:00 PM
    Even apple fans have to respect the arguement that it was a poor decision for apple to be so closed minded.
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    astrodudepsu , January 28, 2010 9:07 PM
    LOL the iphone lack of mms all over again.....
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    rawoysters , January 28, 2010 9:11 PM
    razorblaze42Until Adobe can prove it can build secure software, can’t say I blame anyone for steering clear of them.


    Like Adobe or not it is difficult to live without Flash. Try it for a while without it and see how it goes.
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    gilbertfh , January 28, 2010 9:19 PM
    I believe this all has more to do with Apple wanting us to download apps to line thier pocketbooks both from the consumer and from the companies that make the apps and produce the content.
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    gilbertfh , January 28, 2010 9:22 PM
    Oh by the way rawoysters companies are dropping flash. HTML5 will do away with the need for programs like Silverlight and Adobe Flash. One example of a company that is currently in the works of switching is Youtube. See the attached link.

    http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/youtube_begins_to_support_html5.php
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    osxsier , January 28, 2010 9:28 PM
    Sure HTML5 may become a standard at some point, but flash will be around for a while and it currently dominates the web in regards to video, cant deny that.
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    B-Unit , January 28, 2010 9:30 PM
    Thats nice, but the iPhail isnt being released in a few years when HTML5 takes over, its being launched now, when 75% of the web is still using Flash.
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    razorblaze42 , January 28, 2010 9:39 PM
    rawoystersLike Adobe or not it is difficult to live without Flash. Try it for a while without it and see how it goes.

    Let me get this straight, the large volume of cyber-attacks exploiting holes in adobe should be ignored, and I should just thank my lucky stars that I have flash at all from the a “Almighty” Adobe? I don’t think so. Get your house in order Adobe.
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    richpmd , January 28, 2010 9:48 PM
    What a bunch of whining little girls! Lets all meet back here in one year to see how consumers have voted on the iPad.
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    richpmd , January 28, 2010 9:48 PM
    What a bunch of whining little girls! Lets all meet back here in one year to see how consumers have voted on the iPad.
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    osxsier , January 28, 2010 9:59 PM
    Umm, news flash, Adobe is not the only one with holes...*cough* Micrsoft *cough* IE8...or did the Chinese just get lucky when they breached Google?
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    richpmd , January 28, 2010 10:06 PM
    Flash is essentially obsolete resource hogging tech. It will probably be supported in some way before long but with the advent of HTML5 its days are numbered.
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    tipoo , January 28, 2010 10:08 PM
    There is no reason why they CANT support it, since far less powerful smartphones already do. But it conflicts with their multimedia sales business. How many people would buy episodes of their favorite TV shows from iTunes when they can just stream it from one of the hundreds of available sites online for free? Or why pay for games from iTunes with all the Flash games out there? Apple wants to control everything you do with the device, and that is lame.
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    razorblaze42 , January 28, 2010 10:11 PM
    osxsierUmm, news flash, Adobe is not the only one with holes...*cough* Micrsoft *cough* IE8...or did the Chinese just get lucky when they breached Google?

    Thats true good Sir, but Ipad doesn't have a Microsoft OS, or IE8, so this shouldn't be a problem. Alot of previous posts have commented flash is a dyng breed so no need to comment further. Ipad will be just fine without Adobe.
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    Kelavarus , January 28, 2010 10:12 PM
    Youtube HTML5 video quality also leaves something to be desired, as of yet. Don't get me wrong, Flash leaves many things to be desired too, but HTML5 just isn't a replacement yet.
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    matt87_50 , January 28, 2010 10:38 PM
    richpmdFlash is essentially obsolete resource hogging tech. It will probably be supported in some way before long but with the advent of HTML5 its days are numbered.


    if HTML5 allows developers to freely create web apps, especially games, I would say apple's support for it would be lagging at best. it's all about control, for instance, they don't allow ANY app that has a scripting system in it.

    richpmdWhat a bunch of whining little girls! Lets all meet back here in one year to see how consumers have voted on the iPad.


    consumers like Brittany Spears... I think I'll look elsewhere for advice on what makes something good... I don't work for apple, and I don't own apple shares, so whether the stupid sheep consumers flock to it or not makes absolutely no difference to me!

    the fact of the matter is, for the average consumer, this device is the future, but - and I'll just check that I'm on the right site... yep, definitly not perez hilton - this site is not for average consumers.

    people here are meant to bring to light the liberties and functionality you sacrifice in pursuit of Apple's 'innovation'
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