Originally Posted by dfiler
Is it just Mac Flash that is slow and buggy, or is it every version except for Windows?
It's about Adobe entering markets that they are unprepared for but claiming they support.
They claim they have Flash for Windows, Mac and Linux. The claim is true to a degree. Adobe has created software for all three platforms, that inputs code and outputs Flash. The difference seems to be akin to compilation vs interpretation, where Windows users are treated to "compiled" Flash and everyone else gets "interpreted" Flash.
If Adobe were to truly support all three platforms, they would have people fluent in all three architectures and performance would be similar on all three. I suspect this is where the accusations of laziness come in.
Let's compare. When Apple moved from OS 9 to OS X, they supported a Classic environment that allowed older software to run UNTIL IT WAS RE-WRITTEN FOR OS X. When Apple transitioned to Intel they supported older software with Rosetta UNTIL THE SOFTWARE GOT RE-WRITTEN FOR INTEL PROCESSORS. They set a life span for the support and if the developer didn't want to adapt then the software died out when the crutch got removed.
Adobe? Apple's offered you the same crutch for well over their suggested time limit. They're pulling it. Adapt or die. Support the platform as you claim to, or go away.
Going away isn't an option - Apple's too popular. If Adobe is providing a conduit for web ads - yes, Flash is used for other things but where's the money coming from? - then those paying for the ads are going to want to hit as many people as they can. Missing a 10% slice of the market - give or take, for all you bean counters - is not tolerable. When they really start pushing for mobile devices, and they can't reach out to how many iPhone users, are they going to stick with Flash?
We're not talking feature parity here - we're Mac users and have come to expect to be shorted on every release. Microsoft does it. Adobe does it. We're used to it. Bt at least make the software work within acceptable parameters.