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  • Adobe and Apple, Back in Bed Together

    2010 - 09.09

    adobeAdWell, this blog title is a little optimistic but Adobe is again working on their flash compile for iPhone feature.

    More on Adobe Labs here

    Earlier this summer, Apple changed their developer terms of service to exclude cross compiling applications just three days before the launch of Adobe Flash CS5.

    One of the major features of the new Flash CS5 was the ability to compile the swf into a native iPhone application.

    The short notice wasn’t enough time for Adobe to make any changes to the impending product and Flash CS5 shipped with the feature.

    Today Apple announced changes to their developer application guidelines.

    We are continually trying to make the App Store even better. We have listened to our developers and taken much of their feedback to heart. Based on their input, today we are making some important changes to our iOS Developer Program license in sections 3.3.1, 3.3.2 and 3.3.9 to relax some restrictions we put in place earlier this year.

    In particular, we are relaxing all restrictions on the development tools used to create iOS apps, as long as the resulting apps do not download any code. This should give developers the flexibility they want, while preserving the security we need.

    I’m glad Apple stepped up and corrected this.  Previously, the 3.3.1 statement limited any code not originally written in in C, C++, and Objective-C.  In the mind of multilingual developers the 3.3.1 statement was crazy talk.

    Developers progress, learn and innovate by using libraries from other languages and making them work in new and unexpected ways.  Often times this is done by rewriting, re-engineering and cross compiling libraries from various languages.

    Could it be a response to Adobe’s brilliant advertisement campaign?

    Adobe Air has been a sucessful cross operating system development option for the desktop computer and I’m eager to see if the newly developing Air for Android will eventually be a viable cross platform development option for the mobile industry.

    Keep us posted on the progress Adob.

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