Originally Posted by AppleInsider
Adobe on Thursday responded to Steve Jobs' "Thoughts on Flash" with an open letter of its own, and also began a new ad campaign in which the company says it "loves" Apple -- but dislikes "anybody taking away your freedom" to use the Web freely.
Yeah...... that's not an ad campaign. That's a PR campaign. They're not advertising anything, just defaming Apple. Compare the "I'm a Mac/I'm a PC" ads, which, while they mostly are about slagging off Microsoft, do at least assert that Apple's products are better.
They aren't actually claiming to have any interest in freedom to use the web. They say:
"...to choose... what you experience on the web"
See, talking about experience rather than usage, as if they're going to tie your arms to your chair and parade a series of web pages in front of you. "Experience" is a word that suggests animated content, the only element of the web that Flash can claim to be distinctly good at. In that sense - that they care about users encountering as much Flash content as possible - I totally believe them.
Apple's changes to its developer agreement could result in an antitrust inquiry from the U.S. federal government. The Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission have reportedly begun looking into the matter after receiving complaints from developers and Adobe.
Apple sneezing could result in an antitrust inquiry from the US government. Let's not get excited until they've decided whether it actually has sufficient merit to pursue.
As for the open letter...
I think it's fantastic that they're continuing the 19th century metaphor with a sepia photo of them
. Maybe this open letter was sent through time???
If the web fragments into closed systems... their success will come at the expense of ... creativity and innovation.
I suppose they are talking about accessibility, the idea that there could be sections of the web which are not accessible by all.
Frankly, their own closed system does a fine job of proving this point, particularly on mobile devices: without an open Flash execution environment market, if you put Flash content on your site you know that there will be some people who cannot access it (properly), and that limits how much you can make your site integrate with your Flash content, while at the same time the plugin's ubiquity compared to open alternatives forces some people to have their creativity constrained by using Adobe's tools.
We believe that consumers should be able to freely access their favorite [free] content and [free] applications, regardless of what computer they have...
Okay Adobe, I want you to compel all OS and browser makers to bundle a Spectrum emulator browser plug-in. Oh, are you not so interested in my freedom now?
Adobe's business philosophy is based on a premise that, in an open market, the best products will win in the end... In the early days, PostScript attracted 72 clone makers, but we held onto our market leadership by out-innovating the pack
If it's an open market, there are no clones. Clone products are society's reaction to the limitations of closed markets. Apple clones (or would a better term be Mac clones?) came about because people wanted Apple products, but availability, price or features made them less desirable. Even though Apple granted the clone makers legitimacy by allowing resale of their OS, it was always a closed system because Apple's own products were the standard.
Let us not forget that Microsoft "out-innovated the pack" too, with Internet Explorer and with Java. Open market? I don't think so.
We publish the specifications for Flash meaning anyone can make their own Flash player. Yet, Adobe Flash technology remains the market leader because of the constant creativity and technical innovation of our employees.
We believe that Apple, by taking the opposite approach, has taken a step that could undermine this next chapter of the web the chapter in which mobile devices outnumber computers, any individual can be a publisher, and content is accessed anywhere and at any time.
Note that "creativity and technical innovation" means changing the spec, which suppresses everyone else's innovation because they spend all their time trying to maintain compatibility.
I've got to say, Adobe's convinced me: for the future of the web, content needs to be standards-based, and thus not Flash.