Adobe on Thursday said it would resurrect a tool that lets developers port Flash applications to the iPhone after Apple did an about-face earlier in the day.
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"Apple's announcement today that it has lifted restrictions on its third-party developer guidelines has direct implications for Adobe's Packager for iPhone, a feature in the Flash Professional CS5 authoring tool," Adobe said in a statement on its corporate blog. "We will now resume development work on this feature for future releases."
Adobe put Packager out to pasture on April 20, saying that it was halting all further work on the tool, even though it had released its host, Flash Professional CS5, just days before.
Most analysts saw the April injunction against cross-platform compilers as a direct attack on Adobe.
Adobe saw it that way, too. At the time, the company complained that Apple changed the rules on the fly. "During the entire development cycle of Flash CS5, [Packager] complied with Apple's licensing terms," said Mike Chambers, the principal product manager for developer relations for Adobe's Flash platform. "However, as developers for the iPhone have learned, if you want to develop for the iPhone, you have to be prepared for Apple to reject or restrict your development at any time, and for seemingly any reason."