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Adobe CEO blasts Apple’s ‘proprietary’ business model

Speaking in an interview at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen criticized Apple for its decision not to support Flash on its iPhone OS devices, according to a Computerworld report. Reiterating stats claiming that 85 percent of the top 100 Web sites in the world use Flash and that it delivers 75 percent of Internet videos, while hailing its “powerful ecosystem” of partners, Narayen said Apple isn’t serving its customers by blocking access to Flash content. “Considering the amount of content on the Web that uses Flash — not allowing your consumers to access that content isn’t showing off the Web in all its glory,” Narayen said. “Apple’s business model is more trying to maintain a proprietary lock.”

The CEO also mentioned Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ statement from March 2008 that the full-blown Flash Player “performs too slow to be useful” on the iPhone, calling for a third version of the software that fell in between the desktop and “Lite” versions of the software. Narayen described Jobs’ statement as “a little bit of a red herring,” before pointing out that the new 10.1 version of the software—which is expected to make its way onto some Android and other smartphones later this year—fills that gap. Earlier this year Jobs made further comments about Flash at a closed company event, calling Adobe lazy, and its Flash player buggy, while predicting that web developers would move away from the software as they focus more on HTML5 development.

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Pot, meet Kettle. I would like to point out that you are both covered in black soot.

Posted by caustic on February 18, 2010 at 11:27 AM (CST)


They are both a bit sooty, but, in Adobe’s defense, they have been very platform agnostic in recent years, with their cash cow, Photoshop, approaching full compatibility on Linux. Adobe may, for obvious reasons, promote file formats and delivery technologies that they hold actual or de facto control over the creation software for, but they don’t come anywhere close to the megalomania of Apple.

One company is saying, “use our content creation and delivery software on any platform you want in any way you want”. The other company is saying, “use our platform and only the software we deem acceptable to run on our platform. by the way, did we mention we feature over one hundred fart apps and not a single way to access some of the most popular web services in the world, you’ll love it”.

Adobe is no blameless saint, but they do happen to be right in this particular urination match.

Posted by Code Monkey on February 18, 2010 at 2:52 PM (CST)


seriously though, not supporting flash in your product is spitting in the face of consumers.  it’s just another plot to funnel everything towards apple.  they are always thinking about how they can squeeze more cash from their loyal fan base.

Posted by mongerer on February 18, 2010 at 3:01 PM (CST)


I used to develop web sites in flash and at first i loved it and over the years I saw that new tools are developed but the actual flash.

1st. - Flash is nice but it is outdated. Most web sites still creat videaos in flash simply because it’s easy for a wweb developer to convert a avi or quicktime video into flash. there are templates where you simply drag n’ drop the video file and then at the end export as flash video.

2nd. - Flash runs on any platform if flash player is installed

downfall is that flash really pulls un mobile devices battery and pulls on the cpu also.

I wanted to have flash on my iPhone because I would been able to creat custom flash video apps for my self to run a real-time video surveilance.

Now I’m glad that I don’t have flash because it’s based on a old technology. Html5 is the way to go, OR ADOBE build from ground up a new flash ...

Posted by dennis on February 18, 2010 at 4:07 PM (CST)


Nice points all around.  But while flash is on most web pages, that doesn’t mean it’s good.  I’m tired of browsers crashing because there are 10 flash ads going on in the background.  (Yes, on THIS VERY PAGE as I type there are 10 animated ads percolating around.)  Never mind the abuse of flash in web pages - where the only content IS flash rather than content and you need to click through whirring graphics to get to the next page.  Plus there are those web pages where flash doesn’t work and it complains about wrong versions when you have the right version yaddah yaddah. 

I’m not anti-flash, bu tDennis is right - flash is nice, but it needs to be more efficient and play better in browsers, or just be replaced with ‘a standard’

Posted by John Mc on February 19, 2010 at 9:37 AM (CST)


For folks still suffering with animated Flash ads, might I suggest:

Click2Flash for Safari:


Flashblocker for Firefox:

Posted by Don Funk on February 20, 2010 at 11:38 PM (CST)

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