An open letter from Adobe’s founders Chuck Geschke and John Warnock titled “Our thoughts on open markets” is targeting Apple. Seems Steve Jobs’ recent letter spurred an even more vivid reaction from Adobe. Adobe’s founders letter is part of a “Freedom of Choice” campaign (in Washington Post, Ars Technica, Engadget, and The New York Times.) to counter the public opinion on the “no-flash on iPhone OS” dispute.
«No company — no matter how big or how creative — should dictate what you can create, how you create it, or what you can experience on the web.»
«More recently, we’ve done the same thing with Adobe® Flash® technology. We publish the specifications for Flash — meaning anyone can make their own Flash player.»
Two issues come to mind:
1 — Apple dictates what it wants for its own platform. It doesn’t tell you “have” to create something for their mobile platform. They don’t have a monopoly in the smartphone business — there are more platform choices — Android, Palm OS, Symbian, Windows Mobile (and later this year Windows Phone 7). In none of them Flash works very well. Note: Apple doesn’t have restrictions for Flash on their computers or desktop browser and iPhone OS is not the web. Note 2: Was freedom of choice what Adobe was thinking when bought Macromedia and their tools portfolio?
2 — Adobe is complaining Apple doesn’t allow Flash creation tools to develop iPhone OS applications. Adobe is saying they allow 3rd-party Flash players but it’s not saying anything about how there are no real, viable 3rd-party tools to develop Flash applications/content. Humm…
It’s interesting there’s a rumor going that Adobe thinks this is a legal issue and may be behind the complains made to the FTC regarding possible antitrust violations.