When Apple forbid all modern languages to compile native iPhone application they officially declared that shit was on between them and Adobe. And they didn’t do it in a nice subtle way but with a big slap in the developers face. A lot of stuff happened after that. Steve Jobs wrote an open letter about Adobe and the flame war amongst the fan boys erupted and made Eyjafjallajökull look like a camp fire.
In Steve’s letter he urges Adobe to make HTML5 tools. And as a matter of fact, they are working on it. Some time ago they demonstrated this. Unfortunetly it didn’t make it into CS5 but in the Web 2.0 Expo 2010 Adobes CTO Kevin Lynch said the following:
“We’re going to make great tooling for HTML5. We’re going to make the best tools in the world for HTML5.”
Jobs also talks about how stuff should be open like H.264. This is as Ida would’ve put it, “tossing beavers in a log house” and just plain wrong. H.264 is proprietary and costs money. That is as closed as flash. And that’s the reason open web browsers like Firefox doesn’t support it. And it seems a bit hypocritical to praise H.264, openness and the death of closed plugins like flash and at the same time use the equally closed quicktime format on the movie clips on the apple web site.
The codec question is not a simple issue, Robert Nyman has written a good article on the subject.
Take care peoples!