Adobe CEO: Apple’s Flash Changes Have Only ‘Muted’ Effect



Adobe will only begrudgingly admit Apple’s recent decision to allow the graphics format back into the iPhone development toolbox was helpful. Talking to analysts, Adobe’s CEO said only the impact of Apple’s relaxed standards “was muted.” The comment, while mild, could be the first steps toward detente between the media tools maker and the creator of some of the most-used media platforms.

Following a decision earlier this month to resume working on its Flash CS5 Compiler for the iOS platform, “a number of people who had created products using our tool submitted that to the Apple Store and were approved,” Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen said.

Apple’s name was noticeably absent from a list of mobile device makers Adobe said will support its new Flash Player. However, Google, an increasingly-competitive rival of the Cupertino, Calif. iPhone maker headed the list, along with Motorola, HTC and Samsung. All are developing products using Android software, the most well-known rivals to Apple’s iOS.

Adobe’s most recent comments regarding Apple were, to use Narayen’s language, rather “muted” compared to earlier statements. At the height of the spat with Apple, Adobe Platform Evangelist Lee Brimelow wrote Apple desired “tyrannical control” over developers and looked at developers as “pawns.” He ended his blog post (later edited apparently under Adobe edict) this way: “Go screw yourself Apple.”



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