Originally Posted by Quadra 610
When Apple sneezes, the rest of the industry grabs a Kleenex.
The anti-Flash movement is being fuelled by Apple and Google. There is only one way this can end well for Adobe:
Adobe reads the writing on the wall and creates tools for HTML5.
That's far too progressive for a company that has long done nothing but retain it's iron grip on digital image production and internet multimedia content by sabotaging or simply buying out their competition (Macromedia).
They've had years to produce a quality Flash product but have failed to do so. They've had years to revise and refine Photoshop, but only deliver prima facie GUI changes and the inclusion of a handful of new features every 3 years. Updates between that time are sparse to none.
Their recent spat with Apple over Flash has toppled one of their legs. They may feel that Apple will feel the sting of a Flash-less gadget, but it is Adobe that has made the critical mistake. People and businesses don't care about Flash, they care about sales and quarterly statements. In fact, the only people that care about Flash is Adobe.
YouTube and Vimeo have already started offering their content in HTML5. The former redesigned their content for h.264 distribution specifically for the iPhone. This should strike fear in the heart of Adobe as these businesses don't care how it's done, they simply want to deliver multimedia to the waiting masses.
No one is in Adobe's corner because it doesn't benefit them to be. That's business. There are no friends at the end of the day. No loyalty. Everyone follows the dollars.
It's over Adobe. There is no place for proprietary multimedia in the future of the internet. There was certainly a niche for Flash in 1996, but now, things have changed. It's just that more rewarding to see them fall because of their sheer smugness when it comes to their relationship with Apple.
You can be the cock of the walk when you're the only kid in school with a car, but when other's start getting rides, you find that you are quickly the cock of nothing