Readers back Apple in Flash-on-iPhone dispute

An online poll shows most do not support a peace plan between Apple and Adobe, but instead endorse Apple's hardball stance

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Many readers at both InfoWorld.com and Slashdot lauded Apple for drawing a hard line against Flash, some noting that Microsoft also was pushing Flash away by focusing on its Silverlight technology, and that Google, Microsoft, and Opera had all joined Apple in pushing the emerging HTML5 specification.

Peace plan criticized for helping Adobe but not Apple
Several readers criticized InfoWorld's peace plan because they viewed it as supporting Adobe with no benefit to Apple. "John0879" summarized that viewpoint: "I fail to see what Apple gains by compromising with Adobe. Your argument for Flash benefits Adobe as their technology remains entrenched."

Reader "eww" seconded that sentiment: "Apple's not interested in allowing Flash-based applications onto the iPhone at all; and their argument is a sound one. And it's one I see applying to Android and Windows Phone 7. They shouldn't want someone else controlling how their platform features are adopted. They don't want to see the lowest common denominator govern which features are accessible to developers. What's Adobe's motivation for allowing or supporting platform differentiation between say Android and the iPhone or Android and WinPhone 7? Nothing. They'll probably want a uniform experience for Flash across those operating systems -- not allow the platform to really excel based on its own differences and merits. This would really reduce platform-specific advantages."

Adobe can succeed without Flash, some argue
Of the fewer readers who were positive about Adopbe, several noted that Adobe's tools can deliver the Web-standard formats such as H.264 video that the iPhone OS does support, making a battle over Flash unnecessary. Reader "sharkbyte" wrote, "What's all the brouhaha is all about? I have made very high-quality iPhone-compatible videos exporting from Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 using the Adobe Encoder. My client are blown away when they see them on their iPhones. Adobe supports H.264."

Apple, Adobe both considered suspect
Several readers apportioned blame to both parties, such as "captaindigital": "I'm a Flash developer. I've created a ton of Flash-based Web sites. The issue everybody seems to overlook is that Apple's embargo against Flash screws over Flash developers that use the technology not for annoying ads or video -- but to design rich, interactive experiential Web sites. There are two big problems here: Adobe's done a lousy job supporting the Mac OS, and Apple's more concerned with protecting its iTunes profits and insulating its platform than it is listening to users. Adobe needs to write players for the Mac OS and iPhone OS -- not port the bloody thing from Windows. Apple needs to allow SWF content on the iPhone and iPad. (I can live without FLV support.)"

Apple seen as pushing a proprietary agenda
Other readers squarely blamed Apple, such as "markshancock": "I think the whole Flash instability thing is really more of a smoke screen. Apple has also said no to Java and Silverlight on the iPhone. To me it appears that Apple does not want application platforms that allow applications they cannot control through iTunes to run on their mobile products. Apple has never been an open platform company."

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