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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Adobe To Refocus On HTML5

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 03:00 AM

"Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations. Some of our source code licensees may opt to continue working on and releasing their own implementations. We will continue to support the current Android and PlayBook configurations with critical bug fixes and security updates."

As was reported by ZDNet last week, what seemed unthinkable not that long ago has happened: Adobe is embracing HTML5 on mobile platforms. The word is that Adobe is stopping development of the venerable Flash player for browsers on mobile. At the same time, they will be increasing their efforts on HTML5 innovations. On an official Adobe blog, the following detail was published:

"However, HTML5 is now universally supported on major mobile devices, in some cases exclusively. This makes HTML5 the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms. We are excited about this, and will continue our work with key players in the HTML community, including Google, Apple, Microsoft and RIM, to drive HTML5 innovation they can use to advance their mobile browsers."

One of the more interesting aspects of this situation is that Apple seems to have been quite prophetic in seeing this development play out. Their iOS mobile platform has not supported Flash since its inception, and they have been quite emphatic that they were not going to support it. Without question HTML5 is gaining momentum, and with Adobe's backing we'll see even more acceleration in the months ahead.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

HTML5 Wins, Mobile Flash is Dead

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 09:27 AM

"Whether you view it as a posthumous victory for Steve Jobs or merely Adobe finally coming around to their senses, the company officially announced today its plans to discontinue development of its Flash Player for mobile devices."

In their blog post, Adobe says they are going to get more aggressive developing with HTML5 and they also throw out this tidbit: 'HTML5 is now universally supported on major mobile devices, in some cases exclusively. This makes HTML5 the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms.' Hmmm, it appears this quote from Jobs was pretty spot on doesn't it? 'New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too). Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind.' It appears they took his advise after all does't it?

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Adobe Edge Preview Launched for HTML5

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 09:07 AM

"Adobe has just launched a preview version of ‘Adobe Edge' which allows web developers to create animations using HTML5, and CSS as opposed to Flash. With Apple's long time hatred of Adobe's Flash product, they began steering the world into a Flash-less frame of mind, one where HTML5 rules over animated content."

This is either a reaction to the Apple-Flash dust up over the last year, or just a natural progression of Adobe as they continue to update web tools. What ever the reason, its a good thing in my book. I think Flash will be around for a long time, but I certainly will be glad when more sites utilize HTML5 instead of it. As it is now, less than half of browsers utilize HTML5 so there is a long way to go. You can find out more at the Adobe Labs page, but this is a welcome step.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Adobe Releases Photoshop Elements 9 in the Mac App Store

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

"On the eve of the launch of Apple's Mac OS X Lion, rival software maker Adobe has released a version of Photoshop Elements 9 for the Mac App Store."

This was released yesterday, without too much fanfare, and is available now in the Mac App Store for $79.95 USD [affiliate link]. This is the first submission for the Mac App Store from Adobe, and is available only in English so far. Adobe says this is a compliment to iPhoto since it offers more editing capabilities and tools, and requires OS X 10.6.6.

Friday, June 3, 2011

According to Adobe CEO, iPad Doomed to Crash & Burn

Posted by Michael Knutson in "The Competition" @ 11:00 PM

"Apple’s iPad is doomed to fall to competing tablets, and that day is coming soon, according to Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen. He shared that bit of precognition, along with some other thoughts, this week in an interview at the AllThingsD D9 conference."

With the release of Android for tablets (3.0+), many pundits have predicted the demise of the iPad, but it hasn't happened yet. Adobe's CEO states that the decision for Apple to not allow Flash on iDevices, is not really a technical issue, but rather a business decision having to do with Apple's desire for total control over the platform, and over software distribution through the App Store. Um, Adobe, first and foremost, it's about the user experience - Flash has been tested, and runs like crap on iOS devices, so Apple has made its thumbs-down decision. Control issues certainly are there, but a distant second in this case. If Apple's market-leading position falters, I think that it'll be ultimately because of the strengths of Android, a superior user experience, with Flash playing a very minor role at best.

Tags: software, flash, adobe, ios, d9

Friday, May 13, 2011

Removing Flash

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

"Back in October, Apple shipped its first MacBook Air models without the Adobe Flash plug-in pre-installed. In the ensuing brouhaha, Ars Technica discovered Flash cut battery life by up to 33 percent on the MacBook Air and possibly other MacBook models. Personally, my MacBook often sounds like it's preparing for space flight when I visit pages that use Adobe's plug-in."

I got tired of using Click to Flash on my MacBook Air so I did this and haven't looked back. If I need to use a site that only has Flash, I just open up Chrome. Lately I've been using Chrome for most of my browsing so it hasn't even been an issue. What are your thoughts? Do you use multiple browsers or do you continue to have Flash on your system?

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Adobe Releases a Trio of Photoshop Apps for the iPad

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 10:13 AM

"Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the immediate availability of the Adobe® Photoshop® Touch apps - Adobe Color Lava, Adobe Eazel and Adobe Nav - for Apple iPad in the Apple App Store. These three apps from Adobe were developed using the Photoshop Touch Software Development Kit (SDK) to demonstrate the potential for new interaction between Photoshop and tablet devices."

Adobe Nav for Photoshop [affiliate link], Adobe Eazel for Photoshop [affiliate link] and Adobe Color Lava for Photoshop [affiliate link] are all available now in iTunes for $1.99 USD, $4.99 USD and $2.99 USD respectively. These three apps really add a new aspect to Photoshop on the iPad. With Color Lava you use your fingertips to mix colors on the iPad and transfer them back to Photoshop, creating your own color swatches and themes. With Eazel, it lets you create paintings using just your fingers, and with Nav you control the Photoshop tools using the iPad touch surface. This is obviously a very simplistic explanation, but suffice to say, having these three tools sure adds to the capability of the iPad and Photoshop as a great photography tool combo.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Adobe's Wallaby Converts Flash to HTML5

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple News" @ 11:30 AM

"Adobe Systems is making available this evening a preview of its Wallaby technology, which enables developers to leverage Flash development skills to build HTML files that can run on systems without the need for the Flash Player, including Apple iOS devices."

Adobe Labs has finally started talking about (and doing something about) the inevitable - converting Flash to HTML5 - mainly in support of the millions and millions of iOS devices around the world. This appears today to be a one-by-one conversion process, so I wouldn't hold my breathe waiting for larger sites to be converted, but this appears to be a good start. A preview (beta/experimental) version is available today from Adobe Labs, and is currently free.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom On Sale

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:30 AM

"Today only, Amazon has Photoshop Lightroom for for Mac and PC for $188.99. (It retails at $299)"

Not sure if it really is only today or not, as the link via Apple Thoughts [affiliate link] doesn't specify, but it's a good deal regardless. And the discount gets bigger for those of you in either the US or the UK if you go to the Adobe Store [link] and are an educator, up to 80% off with free shipping.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

No Flash Shipping With MacBooks

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 04:00 AM

"Last week, we reported that Apple's new MacBook Airs were shipping without Adobe Flash preinstalled... a radical departure from the norm for Apple, which has been bundling Flash with OS X (and OS 9 before it) as the default for seemingly ages. Was it a fluke, or is this Apple's new policy?"

And not just MacBook Airs, as Apple is saying it won't ship with any of their products in the future. Sounds like another conspiracy in the making doesn't it? Well it's not, basically the reason is that due to frequent updates by Adobe, you get an outdated version anyway when you get your Mac so you might as well just add it (if you choose to) when you get your machine so you have the latest version. Same with Java. Or do you think this is just a dig at Adobe? What are your thoughts, good move? Bad move?

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Adobe to Offer HTML5 Creation Tools

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Talk" @ 09:00 AM

"I wouldn't say we're reacting to HTML5. We see whatever people are using to express themselves. ... We're going to make great tooling for HTML5. We're going to make the best tools in the world for HTML5."

- Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch, at the Web 2.0 Summit this May.

"Adobe, which has been at the focal point of what seems like the never ending Apple induced saga surrounding Flash plugins vs. HTML5 <video> tags, announces its entry into the HTML5 space today, just in time for the new initially Flash-less MacBook Air."

In the ongoing saga of Flash vs. Apple, Adobe has announced that it will be making tools to create HTML5 media. Using the Kaltura HTML5 Media Library, Adobe will offer a widget enabling HTML5 video that will fall back to Flash for browsers not yet HTML5 aware (that don't understand the new syntax). The widget will be available via Dreamweaver, or through the Adobe Air widget browser (obviously requiring Adobe Air). Seems like Adobe is making concessions, how about if some shrewd software vendor makes a tool that will take Flash and transparently convert it (migrate it / emulate it ) to HTML5? Don't today's mobile iDevices have processor power enough to do this Rosetta-like translation behind the scenes? Come on guys, innovate yourselves out of this impasse!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Does Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended Live Up to the Hype?

Posted by Darius Wey in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 09:05 AM

Product Category: Advanced Digital Imaging Software
Manufacturer: Adobe
Where to Buy: Amazon [Affiliate]
Price: $994.99 (Outright); $343.99 (Upgrade); $192.98 (Student & Teacher Edition)
System Requirements: Intel-based Mac, 1 GB RAM, Mac OS X 10.5.7/10.6 or later
Specifications: External Link


  • Huge improvements to image editing and selection via Content-Aware Fill and Edge Refinement;
  • Complete revamp of painting capabilities via Mixer Brush and Bristle Tips;
  • Advanced 3D capabilities with Repoussé;
  • 64-bit support and GPU acceleration.


  • UI unification could use plenty of work;
  • Price still remains uncompetitively high.

Summary: When a product is recognized as a verb as much as it is a noun, then you know you have a well-known name in your hands. Photoshop is one of those products. Year after year, it is seen as the advanced digital imaging software to have, so just what could Adobe do to make this product bigger and better? Earlier in the year, the company released its latest version, CS5 and CS5 Extended, promising to be one of the biggest upgrades yet with a plethora of new features such as Content-Aware Fill, complete cross-platform 64-bit support, Repoussé, and significant painting enhancements. And all of that is merely scraping the surface. In this review, we look at CS5 Extended for the Mac, focusing on some of the general features new to CS5, as well as some of the features offered only in the Extended version. Read more...

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Yet Another Chapter: Apple vs. Flash

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Talk" @ 11:30 PM

"Earlier this year, the tech world was amused and aghast to watch the emergence of a public spat between Adobe and Apple. The subject: Flash. Flash is a plug-in for your Web browser that’s required to view certain Web animations (including those infuriating blinky ads), Web games and, above all, Web videos. If you want to watch TV shows on or the graphically rich home pages of thousands of other sites, you need Flash."

More in the ongoing battle between Apple and Adobe, over, you guessed it, Flash. David Pogue is a respected technology columnist for the New York Times, yet he starts out by stating that "Flash is already built in to the web browser on your computer." Oops. The usual chapter and verse are re-hashed, and then come some interesting tidbits from the "Flash is Everywhere" camp. Many web sites have migrated to HTML5, but most (good, desirable) web content is still Flash. Almost all of today's generation of SmartPhones run Flash, except of course the iPhone, and most of them suffer from it. Reduced battery life, crashes, apps and games in Flash that were written really for keyboard and mouse, annoying web site content, ad nauseam. Steve Jobs is right, in this case, mostly. But, until HTML5 becomes ubiquitous (come on W3C!), there will still be a clamoring for Flash, no matter how badly it performs on mobile devices. Is a compromise possible?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

So Steve Jobs Was Right on Flash?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 08:30 AM

"I'm the last person on earth who wanted to believe Steve Jobs when he told Walt Mossberg at D8 that 'Flash has had its day.' I took it as nothing more than showmanship when Jobs shared his thoughts on Flash and wrote that 'Flash is closed and proprietary, has major technical drawbacks, and doesn't support touch based devices.'"

But it turns out that he has to agree with Jobs on Flash, after spending some time using, or rather trying to use, mobile Flash Player 10.1 on the Android 2.2. The author tried several sites, and came to the conclusion that it isn't ready, and really what is the point of making websites compatible? If they have to recode them for Flash, why not just do it so it is compatible with HTLM5?

Monday, August 16, 2010

Photoshop Express Fixed!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 09:00 AM

"Well, that didn't take too long. After a rather horrible debut Friday Adobe has fixed Photoshop Express so it can now open in the landscape mode."

We reported this new version on Thursday last week, but apparently it had a few bugs, namely that it wouldn't work too well or at all in landscape mode. Kudos to Adobe for getting this fix out as quick as they did.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Photoshop Express Available for iPad and iPhone

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 09:30 PM

"Adobe today announced the immediate availability of Photoshop Express for iPad and iPhone. Formerly known as Mobile, the newly-branded application now brings quick and easy photo editing, organizing and sharing technology to the iPad."

Another piece of the puzzle falls into place, further transforming mobile devices into photo editing studios. Much of this technology has been available on the iPhone already, so this release seems intended more for iPad users (only minor changes in the iPhone version), and offers the tools that one would expect when 'photoshopping' an image. In addition, the iPad version offers some new features and reorganized workflow for organizing, editing and uploading photos, including sequential editing of multiple images. The English language version is available now from the iTunes/Apps Store, and the price: free. Now if the iPad only had a camera!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

HTML5 Demand Increases Over 400%

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

"Demand for HTML5 skills among developers is soaring, according to a new report released today by DoNanza, a search engine that aggregates project postings from online freelance jobs markets like Elance and oDesk."

Just how big of a demand is there? Well, according to the report done by, in Q2 2010 there was a 474% increase in the demand for HTML5 developers. How was Flash faring in the same report? Down 24%. But to put it in perspective, there were 11 times as many Flash projects posted as there were HTML5 projects. It's an interesting report nonetheless.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Open Standards? Oh That's For the Other Guys

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 09:00 AM

"Apple has published an extensive showcase of HTML5-based websites designed to show how the Web standard works across its software offerings and devices. 'Every new Apple mobile device and every new Mac - along with the latest version of Apple's Safari Web browser - supports Web standards including HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. These Web standards are open, reliable, highly secure, and efficient. They allow Web designers and developers to create advanced graphics, typography, animations, and transitions.'"

What is funny is they talk about open standards yet to see what they have done here, you have to have a Safari browser?? Chrome and Firefox are both HTML5 compliant so they should work too don't you think? If the "standards aren't add-ons to the web. They are the web" as Apple state, you should demonstrate it by making it visible on any browser that is capable! That aside, I do like what you can do with HTML5, and it is much faster and more responsive. If you want to use Chrome or Firefox and see the examples, you can go to this site and view them in your browser of choice. Also, if you want a crash course in HTML5, head on over to OSX Daily for a quick read on it.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Is Apple Really the Bully?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 07:00 AM

"Long before Apple even announced its new iPad, media companies were going nuts about the device, for two reasons. First, they believed they would be able to create apps that would be gorgeous and stunning and way better than anything they've been able to do on a Web browser. Second, money."

Image Credit: Macblogz

Of course the rub, according to this author, is that they have to work with Apple, and that Apple doesn't exactly play nice with others that don't follow along with their vision (think Flash and Adobe). Don't play by our rules and we really don't want to deal with you. His article is meant to serve as a warning to those that want to "play in Apple's garden" and he advises, DON'T DO IT! A recent article at the Mobile Opportunity blog takes a different tact, that it is only about the money, but that Adobe and Apple are both to blame and the customer is the "innocent victim" in all of this. Personally, I don't Apple is a "bully" and I certainly don't think the customer is an innocent victim, however I do agree it is about money.


Thursday, May 20, 2010

CS5 for Mac Causing Problems?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 09:00 AM

"Adobe recently released its latest CS5 productivity suite for the Mac, and a few people have been experiencing a problem where applications (particularly Photoshop) seem to be crashing when they are quit. The program will otherwise run just fine."

If this is happening to you, this article gives some tips on how to fix the problem. According to the article, the problem "happens when a resource the program needs is not properly available to the program. The program can read and load all the settings it needs when starting up, or use default settings if settings files are not readable, but when quitting if it cannot save these settings then it may hang or crash."

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