Adobe CEO dismisses Steve Jobs' comments on Flash as a 'smokescreen'

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  • Reply 61 of 171
    bdkennedy1bdkennedy1 Posts: 1,459member
    More like, Flash is an animated GIF.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by swtchdtomak View Post


    Flash websites are sooo Geocities. If I come across a site all in Flash, I immediately leave and look for an alternative (usually a competitor).



  • Reply 62 of 171
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,778member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by wvmb99 View Post


    What did Adobe ever do? I first remember, was it Illustrator 7 or 8, where the Mac version was actually a downgrade in order to catch the Windows version up. I was still working in graphics then. So, after getting suckered into paying for it and getting ticked off, I switched to freehand, which in all ways but integration with a paint program was superior. Then Adobe buys Macromedia, shuts down Freehand, does not incorporate any of the advanced features as that may cut into their InDesign (or pagemaker) sales, and turns Flash into a monster. Since then, the capabilities on the Mac side have consistently lagged behind the windows side. Never mind the argument about the advanced stuff only working on windows, 99% of that is complete crap.



    And what's this about the Mac OS being responsible. My mac almost never crashes, but when it does its either Flash running or Office (yes, really, I'm not just adding a random MS bash here). Adobe seems to be able to get its other apps running fine. Step up and explain this one in detail guys.



    Apple is probably not the easiest company to work with, but Adobe's been nipping at them for a long time, and this might just be the beginning. Apple should either buy Adobe, but that now seems unlikely as it would be counterproductive to destroy the business first, or really compete like they did with Final Cut. But, take it seriously this time.



    Spot on all the way. Aldus did a better hand with Freehand before Macromedia got it too IMHO.



    Apple need to address replacement apps for all those made by Adobe in the graphics field now ... or as you say buy freaking Adobe and fix everything. Mac graphics folks cannot be held hostage by Adobe having such a monopoly on the graphics field any longer.
  • Reply 63 of 171
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Mac-Cheese View Post


    Also, Narayen is spelled Narayan in the second paragraph. :P



    Interestingly, 'Narayan' (with an 'a') is the predominantly common spelling for that name in India. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narayan)



    His use of an 'e' instead appears to be a bit of an affectation.
  • Reply 64 of 171
    elrothelroth Posts: 1,201member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Aybara View Post


    Yup. Flash crashes my Windows browsers, I've seen it crash Linux and Unix browsers.



    So obviously the problem is inherent in ALL OSes, and has nothing to do with Flash.



    Spot on. If Flash crashes every browser in every OS, then obviously Flash is perfectly fine, but all the OS's and browsers are crap.
  • Reply 65 of 171
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,778member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by swtchdtomak View Post


    Flash websites are sooo Geocities. If I come across a site all in Flash, I immediately leave and look for an alternative (usually a competitor).



    I just had a company send me one of those "We are experts and can guarantee your web site will be in the top 10 on Google" bla bla bla ... I visited their web site ... 100% flash!!



    ROFL.
  • Reply 66 of 171
    eightzeroeightzero Posts: 3,094member
    I'm no tech guy. I only understand about half of what is described in these threads by people obviously smarter than I am. But here's what I know:



    1. I have never heard of this Adobe dude before this article was posted. I assume he is smart and well paid. OTHO, I've seen the Stevester on the cover of Time, on Fortune 500 lists, America's Most Admired, etc. etc. Who do I believe? Yeah, well, the weight of credibility to my naiive eye goes to the gentleman from Cuppertino.



    2. I use Adobe products because I am forced to. I am not a tech guy - I am merely a consumer of content. I browse web pages, and sometimes download video. I would not choose flash if I had a choice. It seems I had to click some...thing...some...where...once and it made my mac able to read something I didn't really care about anyway. It sometimes makes my otherwise very dependable mac act...weird. Some annoying error message (not even from the mac system) I never get from any other place - flash script aborted or some foolishness. Just from experience, if given a "flash" and "non-flash" button on my screen, I pick the latter, mostly because flash has never given me any reason to want to use it. If I have to use it, I suppose I will, but I have yet to run across anything on any computer, anywhere, that I can't live without. Those that create this content clearly have other agendas, but I will leave that to them.



    3. Like most of the world, I am forced to use pdfs. I don't really object, but my mac now has "Preview" that handles them. The Adobe Acrobat stuff...is just odd, unituitive, and in places very annoying. Using Adobe products reminds me of working on windows machines, and that is an overall frustrating experience. Don't know how many times I've looked at my windows box my employer insists I use and said, "if you were a mac, I'd be done by now." Then I reboot, call IT, wait, reinstall etc etc...eventually it sort of works. Like dealing with windows, I feel the need to take a shower when I am done with them.



    4. I'm not digging Adobe Digital Editions.



    5. OTOH, I have personally used macs continually from about 1993. Love them, never had a problem, never lost data to one's failure. I can't say that about the other devices in my life. I've lots of iPods, really like my iPhone, although it is admittedly a extravagance. My Apple TV had one hiccup, and the iTunes customer service fixed it within a day. In short, I've never, ever had a problem with an Apple device. Ever. This is diametrically opposed to every windows machine and every adobe product I've ever been exposed to. Fanboy? OK. Guilty. I like girls too.



    6. iPad. I really like mine. It is a $500 toy. The "work" I do on it is very cursory, and never intensive, so that is merely an excuse to justify having a toy. It is really cool, but like all toys, I suppose I could go without. But hey, I sent $500 to Cuppertino, and Adobe, (I think they are even based fairly close to where I live in Seattle) AFAIK, has never received a payment from me. I'm not their customer, and don't plan to be. If they'd make Something Cool, I might be. Mr. Adobe here isn't inspiring me. I didn't see him do "oh..one more thing..." that made me go, "cool! I wonder if they'll take my visa for that?"



    Just my experience. All first person, and am staying away from the obvious vitriol found on these threads. Peace.
  • Reply 67 of 171
    What a weak response from the CEO himself.
  • Reply 68 of 171
    john.bjohn.b Posts: 2,742member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by aqhong View Post


    Narayen did not say this. The very first line in the WSJ interview:



    This was what's known in journalism as a "puff piece". Narayen might just as well have interviewed himself.
  • Reply 69 of 171
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    Originally Posted by solipsism View Post


    LOL hysterical, if not a wee bit hypocritical.



    Yeah, sorry.

    Couldn't help myself.
  • Reply 70 of 171
    Yes, Adobe are upset that they can't get at all the money that iPhone/iPad/iPod users represent, that's no surprise and really just routine business. The part that I find particularly bizarre is that Narayan said that:



    ...accusations about Flash draining battery power [are] "patently false"...



    But Jobs made no such assertion in the open letter. Instead he said, completely reasonably, that video decoded in hardware is done more power-efficiently than in software, which can be taken as simply "Flash should support H.264" and says nothing specific about the Flash plugin itself.



    In fact, any claim that Flash doesn't drain more battery than a counterpart native application (assuming it's not a totally trivial application) must be untrue, since Flash is at best an emulation environment, which means it will spend some cycles interpreting the program (or even JIT compiling) and doing things that native applications don't do but are part of the compatibility layer (an example might be repeatedly telling the program that there isn't actually a mouse pointer). It wouldn't have to be a lot, and it could be ameliorated by using sensible optimisation techniques, but like-for-like Flash will always be lower-performance (thus higher-power) than a native counterpart. It could easily be the case that Flash adds 5% to the battery drain rate of equivalent native code, which on a phone would probably only be 1% of the overall drain.



    In practice, I think the battery drain you'd get due to Flash would be much higher (eg. 20%), but not because of inefficiencies in the Flash framework - rather it'll be from having several highly-animated web page adverts running at once whenever you're in your web browser on sites which use Flash-based advertising. I'm sure someday we'll have shining HTML5 web adverts which pop over the content for no reason, flash constantly, play a video that you didn't ask for, and otherwise behave like an overspecified animated GIF.



    And when that day comes, I'm sure we'll be complaining about HTML5's poor battery performance - at least until someone adds effective built-in browser countermeasures (eg. freezing the state if it gibbers away for ten seconds without ever receiving focus).
  • Reply 71 of 171
    smiles77smiles77 Posts: 668member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody View Post


    Wow. I know it's Adobe, but I would have expected a substantive and lucid response.



    The CEO's comments are as duplicitous, vague and misleading as Jobs' are clear and precise.



    Shantanu Narayen = teckstud?









    Wow. Totally hysterical.
  • Reply 72 of 171
    jragostajragosta Posts: 10,473member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MALFEITOR View Post


    What a weak response from the CEO himself.



    That's OK. He's a weak CEO.
  • Reply 73 of 171
    ghostface147ghostface147 Posts: 1,629member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by jragosta View Post


    I don't follow your logic.



    EVEN IF it works some time in late 2010 on phones that are fast A8 or A9 processors, how would that demonstrate that Apple was wrong in saying that Flash wouldn't run on 400-600 MHz processors? Not to mention the fact that there IS NO full version of Flash today, so it would be impossible to include it even on the iPad which does meet the processor specs. So the fact that there might be a product in the future means that Jobs has to explain why it's not included today?



    Your logic is a little weak.



    I am stating that when/if Flash is released on future Android releases (2.2 is supposed to have it) and it doesn't kill battery life, doesn't crash (well it will crash at times, but nothing is 100% crash proof IMHO) and doesn't cause the issues that Apple believes that it will, what will be Apple's excuse then?
  • Reply 74 of 171
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by John.B View Post


    This was what's known in journalism as a "puff piece". Narayen might just as well have interviewed himself.



    Not surprising. Mr. Murray probably has a slight ax to grind with SJ. If you recall, he's the one that got chewed out by SJ a couple of months ago: http://blogs.siliconvalley.com/gmsv/...grow-back.html
  • Reply 75 of 171
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by b1ng0 View Post


    Flash doesn't only crash Safari, but also Firefox on Linux.



    I think that's just because, like (ironically) Mac OS X, Adobe just aren't motivated to clean it up because neither OS accounts for the clear majority of web user. Just think of them as little reminders that Adobe doesn't care about you. Which is funny considering that a very significant proportion of Adobe's CS user base is on Mac - surely they'd want developers to think it works well?
  • Reply 76 of 171
    smiles77smiles77 Posts: 668member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by eightzero View Post


    I'm no tech guy. I only understand about half of what is described in these threads by people obviously smarter than I am. But here's what I know:



    1. I have never heard...



    Excellent post, and one of the more levelheaded ones seen in a while on here. Thanks!
  • Reply 77 of 171
    xamianxamian Posts: 37member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Narayen


    ...claims about Flash draining battery life of mobile devices were "patently false."



    So...is this why my MacBook's CPU heats up an additional 30-40+ degrees fahrenheit & my system begins to crawl whenever I watch hulu or play flashbased games (usually on facebook)? Certainly has no effect on battery life at all, right?
  • Reply 78 of 171
    grkinggrking Posts: 533member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by iGrumble View Post


    But Jobs made no such assertion in the open letter. Instead he said, completely reasonably, that video decoded in hardware is done more power-efficiently than in software, which can be taken as simply "Flash should support H.264" and says nothing specific about the Flash plugin itself.



    Jobs did not make the assertion in the letter, but in the past he has said that Flash on the iPad would drain the battery from 10 hours to approximately 1.5 hours or so.



    that assertion is a bit disingenuous as the 10 hour spec is for wireless productivity at 50% screen brightness, and does not include watching a video. I sincerely doubt that you one would get 10 hours of movie watching on an iPad.



    Hence, the comment from Adobe's Prez
  • Reply 79 of 171
    msanttimsantti Posts: 1,377member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Archipellago View Post


    The Adobe executive said he believe's Adobe's cross-platform stance is more beneficial to businesses and developers, allowing to make their software available on a range of devices rather than deciding on just one. "It doesn't benefit Apple, and that's why you see this reaction," he said.





    bingo...we have a winner.



    Go Adobe.



    Great. A whole world of Flash apps. Just what the world needs.



    Maybe Adobe can open a Flash app store?
  • Reply 80 of 171
    msanttimsantti Posts: 1,377member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by island hermit View Post


    100 applications.



    Wow! I'm impressed.



    Aren't you guys impressed?







    Any thing worth getting excited about?
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