Flash Shows a White Flag
Adobe has produced a so-called experimental Flash Professional-to-HTML 5 automatic conversion tool called Wallaby
By: Maureen O'Gara
Mar. 14, 2011 09:30 AM
After taking heavy fire from Steve Jobs over Flash, Adobe Tuesday ran up a white flag and produced a so-called experimental Flash Professional-to-HTML 5 automatic conversion tool called Wallaby so Flash files can run on Apple's otherwise forbidden iPad and iPhone.
The move is expected to result in some developer defections from Adobe, especially among the mobile set.
Although, say, Android supports Flash, Google, Facebook, YouTube and Microsoft, like Apple, all support the immature HTML 5, which is ultimately expected to replace the widely used Flash on the interactive web.
See http://labs.adobe.com/ for a download of the free AIR-based widgetry first demoed last fall. It works on Macs and PCs.
Adobe has also got an audio-enhanced beta of the 10.3 Flash Player and is working on a 64-bit Flash 11.
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